Bail reduced for alleged New York Madam
By Chris Boyette, CNN
updated 5:30 PM EDT, Tue June 12, 2012
Bail was reduced significantly for alleged 'Manhattan madam,' Anna Gristina.
- A New York appeals court reduced the original $2 million bond to $250,000
- Anna Gristina 44, was arrested February 22 and has been charged with promoting prostitution
- A New York judge had earlier denied a request to reduce Gristina's bail
- Gristina has pleaded not guilty
New York (CNN) -- A New York appeals court on Tuesday drastically reduced bail for the alleged madam of a high-priced escort service in Manhattan, dropping the original $2 million bond to $250,000, according to court documents.
Anna Gristina, 44, was arrested February 22 and has pleaded not guilty to charges of promoting prostitution, allegedly running the ring out of an Upper East Side apartment.
A New York judge had earlier denied a request to reduce Gristina's bail.
Prosecutor Charles Linehan said his office had requested the large bail because Gristina is considered "an extremely high flight risk."
But the appellate court found that the bail "was unreasonable and an abuse of discretion."
Jaynie Baker, a suspected co-conspirator in the alleged ring, has also pleaded not guilty after turning herself in to authorities upon her return from a Mexico vacation.
Baker, 30, has been charged with promoting prostitution in the third degree. She was released after posting $100,000 bail and surrendering her passport.
Her attorney, Robert Gottlieb, said Baker was vacationing in Cabo San Lucas and was recently alerted to the case by her friends and had not been avoiding authorities.