'Scottish madam' Anna Gristina fails to appoint Uri Geller's son as lawyer
THE Scottish 'madam' accused of running a prostitution ring from her home in New York has failed in her attempt to have Uri Geller's son represent her in court.
Anna Gristina, 44, had applied to Manhattan Supreme Court to have Daniel Geller, 31, appointed as one of her attorneys.
Yesterday, the judge refused that request but did allow her to fire her current lawyer, Gary Greenwald, and replace him with Norman Pattis.
But judge Juan Merchan told Mrs Gristina that he was unimpressed by her repeated change of legal representation. He pointed out she has now had nine different lawyers represent or attempt to represent her.
The judge said: "Nine attorneys is an exceptional number by any standard."
He said he would look dimly upon any further attempt to change her team, adding: "This is your trial team. If you seek to substitute counsel, if you see to fire counsel the court will have to take a really hard look at that."
Mr Geller is not a named attorney in the case. The judge did not explain why this was. But at a previous hearing Mr Geller's apparent lack of experience as an attorney in New York was noted by the judge.
Mr Geller has only been licensed as an attorney in New York since March and has spent time since then working as an intern in the Kings County District Attorney's office.
Last week Judge Merchan appeared to suggest he was not experienced enough to be on the case, saying: "He [Mr Pattis] is going to be assisted in this by someone whose experience is a few months interning."
Outside court on Tuesday, Mr Geller said he would continue to assist Mr Pattis on the case despite not being named as an attorney.
Mrs Gristina, a mother-of-four from Edinburgh, was arrested in February accused of running a multi-million dollar brothel for the past 15 years while living a double life as a "soccer mom".
She has been held in a US prison since her arrest and has repeatedly complained about her bail, saying that at $2 million it is too high.
Her next court date is scheduled for July 31 when a decision will be made whether to proceed to trial.