Bail lowered for accused 'Monroe Madam'

NEW YORK - A New York state appeals court has slashed thebail for a mother from Monroe accused of running a multimillion-dollarManhattan escort service.

The court ruled Tuesday that a judge's decision to jail AnnaGristina on $2 million bond was "unreasonable and an abuse ofdiscretion." It agreed to lower the amount to $250,000.

Gristina's attorney said his client hopes to raise the fundssoon enough to be released by next week. She's been behind barssince her February arrest on charges of promoting prostitution.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office declined to comment onTuesday.

Prosecutors say Gristina peddled prostitutes for 15 years andboasted that she had law-enforcement contacts. Her lawyers havesaid she was merely starting a matchmaking business.

She has pleaded not guilty.

AP wires were used in this report

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