- Last Updated: 3:41 PM, June 19, 2012
- Posted: 12:21 PM, June 19, 2012
A quarter-million dollars in bail collateral is not yet in place for accused Upper East Side madam Anna Gristina, ruining her chances to walk free today, according to two sources familiar with the defendant’s bail efforts.
Gristina's camp is hopeful that her bail package can be assembled and approved by prosecutors tomorrow, in time for her to spend Wednesday night with her family, the sources said.
She would be sprung, either directly from Rikers or from Manhattan Supreme Court should the DA bring up any issues that must be resolved by Justice Juan Merchan.
Gristina has been scrambling to put together a replacement bail package since jettisoning her “family lawyer,” Peter Gleason yesterday -- because she felt the $250,000 collateral he was offering came with too many strings attached.
Gristina was feeling so uncomfortably obligated to the colorful, Elvis-loving attorney that yesterday — on the brink of posting a bond backed by Gleason’s $2 million TriBeCa apartment — she told a Manhattan judge she’d rather spend a few more days in jail.
Otherwise she’d be beholden to Gleason, who was insisting on being a guiding force in Gristina’s media and legal affairs, multiple sources told The Post.
One of several sticking points was Gleason’s insistence that he share the media spotlight by walking Gristina out of Rikers Island once she was released, sources said.
Gristina's defense lawyer, Norman Pattis, has declined to discuss the Gristina-Gleason rift, saying only that it was his client’s choice to change tactics.
“We may have a bond package tomorrow,” Pattis told Merchan yesterday. “She thanks Mr. Gleason, and she asks that Mr. Gleason stand down on any efforts on her behalf.”
Plan B — posting a bond collateralized by property owned by her in-laws — could happen anytime in the next few days, said her bail bondsman, Ira Judelson.
It is the third time Gristina has fired her on-again, off-again “family lawyer,” who attached himself to her case early on, winning her confidence during frequent jail visits despite having no felony-trial experience.
Gleason has insisted — in numerous television appearances — that he had only altruistic reasons for putting up his North Moore Street loft as her collateral.
“At a tough time like this, families should unite, and I’m glad Miss Gristina’s family is uniting behind her,” he said in response to yesterday's developments.
Gristina has been held in lieu of bail on Rikers since late February, when investigators pulled her screaming off a Midtown street and arrested her, demanding — she says in a sworn affidavit — that she give them information on five powerful alleged johns.
“I’m working hard to try to get her out,” Judelson said.