The soccer mom madam is aiming to leave Rikers Island by Monday. Click below to read the full story.
Soccer Mom Madam Anna Gristina has put together a bail package and hopes to leave Rikers Island by Monday.
Pete Gleason, the accused Manhattan hooker brokerâ€™s former lawyer, confirmed that he had posted his $2 million Tribeca loft â€” modeled after Elvis Presleyâ€™s Jungle Room â€” as collateral for the $250,000 bond.
â€œWe live in a country, I thought, where we have certain unalienable rights,” Gleason said. “Bail is not a device to be used for coercion. Itâ€™s supposed to ensure sheâ€™ll come back to court. I have no worries.â€
The Manhattan District Attorneyâ€™s office now has to determine if the bail came from legitimate means. The judge can also call a hearing to review the bail package.
“I’m very comfortable with securing Ms. Gristina’s appearance in court,” said bail bondsman Ira Judelson, who helped spring Dominique Strauss Kahn and Plaxico Burress.
She would be required to wear an ankle bracelet monitor that would monitor her location. Gristina has already surrendered her passports.
Gristina, 42, was arrested on Feb. 22 for promoting prostitution after she set up a â€œlive peep showâ€ between two accused hookers and an undercover investigator with the Manhattan District Attorneyâ€™s office.
Judge Juan Merchan originally set the bond at $2 million after prosecutors argued that she had been recorded on a wire tap promising to flee the country if the investigators got wise to her prostitution ring.
An appellate court overturned the judgeâ€™s decision on the bail, ruling that Merchan had abused his authority by setting the bail so high for such a minor charge.