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Judge frowns on accused NY madam's 3rd atty switch

Judge frowns on accused NYC madam's bid to change lawyers _ to 4th team in 3 months By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' It's another day, another lawyer for a woman accused of running a multimillion-dollar Manhattan escort service and boasting of contacts in law enforcement.

Anna Gristina tried to switch lawyers Wednesday for the fourth time in three months. A judge said no ' at least for now ' during a testy hearing. The judge upbraided Gristina for interrupting him and criticized the outspoken conduct of one of her former lawyers. He also expressed concern about the pace of the case.

Gristina's due back in court Tuesday for a decision on whether she can bring on Norman Pattis. He's a Connecticut-based criminal defense and civil rights attorney.

The 44-year-old suburban mother of four has pleaded not guilty to promoting prostitution. She's been held on $2 million bond since her February arrest.

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