Augusta prosecutor to pursue Masters ticket cases
12:37 pm, May 2nd, 2012
It’s one of those unspoken Southern social rules; one just does not treat one’s Masters tickets like a commodity. If shared at all, the coveted passes to Augusta National are gifted only to a business associate first, then perhaps to a friend or family member.
Standing out alongside the road hawking one’s Masters tickets? Inconceivable. Yet it happens, and Augusta takes the re-selling of Masters tickets matter very seriously – going so far as to assign narcotics agents to work undercover during the tournament to assist in ferreting out the ill-mannered.
According to the August Chronicle, selling and buying of Masters tickets was so prevalent this year that more than 30 cases of “disorderly conduct” associated with the tickets landed on the desk of Harry B. James, the solicitor for the Richmond County Magistrate Court. And other than the case of one senior seller, a Jasper B. Sojourner of Port St. Lucie, Fla., James has said to all the others so charged… see you in a Georgia courtroom.
The newspaper reports: “As for the others with outstanding cases, James said they will have to show up in Magistrate Court next week if they intend to fight the charges. He said it didn’t matter that some lived as far away as Canada and California.
“‘If they don’t show up the judge can issue a bench warrant or they can forfeit their bond,’ he said.”