Judge Does Not Alter Bail For Alleged Head Of UES Prostitution Ring
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A mother accused of running a multimillion-dollar prostitution ring out of an Upper East Side apartment will remain behind bars.
Lawyers for Anna Gristina are trying to argue her bail, saying $1 million cash or $2 million bond is unreasonably high.
But on Monday, a State Supreme Court justice found his colleague who set the bail exercised rational discretion and ruled the amount will stand.
Gristina's lawyer, Gary Greenwald said neither his client nor her family can afford it.
"You want the justice system to be balanced, you want it to be fair and it doesn't mean that it has to agree with you," said Greenwald. "And when it isn't that way, when it isn't — there is no way in hell that this is the right bail."
Gristina's lawyer said his next step is to appeal Monday's ruling.