Updated 03/15/2012 11:30 PM
Bail Decision Postponed For Accused Manhattan Madam
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The woman accused of running a high-end Manhattan brothel has new legal representation, and will remain in custody for now following a brief court appearance Thursday.
Anna Gristina, 44, is now being represented by attorney Gary Greenwald.
The move comes as her former lawyer, Peter Gleason, offered up his $2 million TriBeCa loft as bond collateral.
Earlier this week, Gleason said Gristina could stay at the pricey pad under house arrest. However, her new attorney says she would rather serve house arrest at her home upstate in Orange County.
Gristina and her co-defendant, Jaynie Mae Baker, have pleaded not guilty to promoting prostitution charges.
In court, Greenwald said he would like to speak with prosecutors about the possibility of a plea deal.
"Every case has the potential of a plea. Doesn't mean we're going to do a plea," said Greenwald.
By Thursday, prosecutors had not indicated they were willing to discuss a deal.
Gristina is being held on Rikers Island.
Baker is out on $100,000 bail.
When Greenwald asked Judge Juan Merchan why Gristina was still in jail, the judge responded, "I'll be the first to concede for a D-felony, first arrest, that's relatively high. But it all goes to risk of flight."
Prosecutors said they thought Gristina has cash and friends in high places who could help her skip out of the country.
The judge said there could be a bail hearing sometime next week.