Anthony Bastian of Upper Darby Hopes for Hot Ticket to Trump Trial

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Those waiting in line for a seat at the Trump trial ni New York include artist Jarva Land with courtroom sketchings, Rose Brennan with a homemade puppet and a man with a book he is reading.
Image via Ariel Zambelich, The Wall Street Journal.
Those waiting in line for a seat at the Trump trial in New York include artist Jarva Land with courtroom sketches, Rose Brennan with a homemade puppet, and a man with a book he is reading.

Upper Darby retired software engineer Anthony Bastian, 65, has traveled from his home to New York to see Donald Trump’s hush-money trial.

“It’s such an exciting cast of characters,” he said.

Bastian is not the only one making special plans to attend the trial. In fact, it’s become the Big Apple’s latest exclusive attraction, writes Corinne Ramey for The Wall Street Journal.

After all, the trial has stories of sex, celebrities, politics and money, all in one location.

For each day of the trial, up to 100 New Yorkers and tourists gather in line between a small park and a municipal building hoping they can score a seat in the courtroom, or at least in front of  closed-circuit video feed.

In that line, about six to eight get seats in the back of Room 1530, where the trial is happening. 

Reporters, lawyers, and other guests have their seats reserved.

“The general public gets the leftovers,” said Robert Samuel, founder of line-standing service Same Ole Line Dudes.

His company has been hired by Trump watcher hopefuls to get in line as early as midnight for a next morning seat.

Read more about the people looking for a Trump trial seat in The Wall Street Journal.


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