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Al Pirro charged in tussle with woman

NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER: Police say Al Pirro was arrested in Connecticut last night after an argument. (June 15, 2012)

Al Pirro, the estranged husband of former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, was released from custody in Connecticut Friday after being arrested for fighting with a woman in a hotel, according to Greenwich police.

Officers were sent to the upscale J House Hotel at 10:20 p.m. Thursday and were met by hotel security, who told them about an argument between Pirro and a woman who "was in distress," a police report said.

Pirro, 64, "was grabbing the female's wrists and vigorously shaking her," the report stated. Pirro would not allow his female companion - who wasn't identified by police -- to leave the hotel, security staff told cops.

The ongoing argument "caused alarm to the other guests," prompting security to call police, officials said.

Pirro was charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful restraint, both misdemeanors. He was released Thursday evening, appeared in court briefly on Friday, and is now scheduled to return to court on June 15.

It's the second time in recent months that Pirro has been accused of aggressive public behavior. In late March, the politically-connected lawyer allegedly threatened waiters and staff at Scarsdale's Massa restaurant, accusing them of stealing a friend's cell phone, according to the New York Post.

Pirro allegedly told waiters "you don't know who the you're dealing with," according to three witnesses who spoke to the Post. He later denied that he got into a confrontation.

Pirro, who has two children with his wife, did not return calls from Newsday and News 12.

Al Pirro was convicted in 2000 on tax fraud charges following a trial in federal court in White Plains. He was sentenced to 29 months in prison and served 11 months.

The trial included testimony about the extravagant lifestyle of the Pirros, including expensive cars, houses, and pot-bellied pigs who lived inside a custom-built iron fence on the family's Harrison estate.

It was revealed in 1998 Pirro had fathered a daughter, Jaclyn Marciano, in 1982, during an extra-marital affair with Jessica Hutchison.

The Republican lobbyist was a powerful behind-the-scenes player in the ascent of his wife, Jeanine Pirro, in Westchester County politics.

Jeanine Pirro was elected district attorney in 1993, then re-elected to the four-year post twice. She ran an unsuccessful race for New York state attorney general in 2006, after withdrawing from a campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

During her campaign for attorney general, Pirro was forced to admit she was under federal investigation for allegations she had illegally conspired with former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik to plant a listening device aboard Albert Pirro's boat, suspecting he was involved in an adulterous affair.

No charges were ever filed against Jeanine Pirro. She was trounced by Andrew Cuomo in the attorney general's race. In recent years, she has worked in television as an on-air judge who resolves small claims disputes.

They separated in 2007, after 32 years of marriage. That same year, Albert Pirro regained his law license, which had been suspended in 2003 as a result of his tax conviction.

Federal prosecutors conducting a three-year probe into political corruption in Westchester repeatedly asked members of the Yonkers City Council what role Pirro played in getting the council to approve the controversial $600-million Ridge Hill development.

The investigation led to the convictions of former Yonkers Democratic City Councilmember Sandy Anabi, former Yonkers GOP boss Zehy Jereis and politically connected lawyer Anthony Mangone.

Pirro, who was hired as a lobbyist by Ridge Hill developer Forest City Ratner,was never accused of any wrong-doing.

But before Annabi and Jereis went to trial earlier this year, the judge revealed that prosecutors had evidence relating to Pirro's role. The evidence was said to establish that Pirro had expressed confidence Annabi vote in favor of the development if Jereis were given a consulting job.

Jereis was given a consulting job, Annabi did change her vote, and both were convicted of conspiracy as a result.

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