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'Millionaire Madam' Back in Court

Anna Gristina, woman charged with promoting prostitution, appears in State Supreme Court, New York City.
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Anna Gristina, woman charged with promoting prostitution, appears in State Supreme Court, New York City.

A few new developments in the case of Anna Gristina, the woman prosecutors accuse of running a multi-million dollar prostitution operation from an apartment in Manhattan's Upper East Side.

  • Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan ruled this morning that she will be allowed to keep her court-appointed free lawyer . There had been some question whether Gristina, who prosecutors allege made millions from her prostitution ring, should be eligible for a court-appointed lawyer. Her lawyer argued in court today that she "doesn't have two nickles to rub together." (Daily News)
  • Gristina is due back in court Monday afternoon, where the judge will decide whether to release her on bail. One of her lawyers, Peter Gleason, has offered his $2.5 million apartment as collateral for her bail . (Daily News)
  • Peter Gleason also made an unusual proposal to Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan that would include an offer that the alleged brothel operator stay at the $2.5 million apartment and wear an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor her movements. A lawyer for Bosnia-born beauty named Irma Nici has been telling the tabloids that his client worked as a prostitute for Gristina for years. (ABC News)
  • The apartment that allegedly served as a brothel is a pretty shabby affair . Hard to believe "high rollers" were spending $2000 for a night with a prostitute in this place. (Daily Mail)

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