Bail hearing Thurs. for accused Manhattan madam

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By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The accused madam of a multimillion-dollar Manhattan brothel could get out of jail — if a judge okays a defense lawyer's plan to put up his own apartment as bail.

Anna Gristina is due in court Thursday for a hearing on the unusual proposal.

The 44-year-old has been held on $2 million bond since her February arraignment. One of her lawyers, Peter Gleason, says he'll put up his $2.5 million loft for the bond. He's invited Gristina and her family to move in, with her under house arrest.

Prosecutors say the plan raises ethical questions.

Prosecutors say Gristina provided prostitutes to wealthy clients for 15 years and touted law-enforcement contacts.

She's pleaded not guilty. Gleason says she was starting a matchmaking service.

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