Judge denies request by 'Monroe Madam' to change lawyers

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NEW YORK - Defense lawyers locked horns today over the closely watched case of a Monroe mother accused of running an upscale Manhattan brothel.

Anna Gristina's court date Monday began with a dispute among her lawyers over who should represent the alleged madam from Orange County.

One of Gristina's lawyers, Peter Gleason, told the judge the Monroe mother of four was unhappy with her court-appointed attorney, Richard Siracusa, and wanted a new one. The judge refused the request.

Gleason offered to put up his TriBeCa loft for Gristina's bail. He also offered to have her live there with her family while wearing an electronic ankle bracelet. The prosecution objected. The judge said he'll research the ethical issues involved.

Gristina has pleaded not guilty to promoting prostitution. Prosecutors say she made as much as $10 million during 15 years as a madam.

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Monroe mom accused of running NYC prostitution ring

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