Louis Lanzano, Associated Press
NEW YORK — Defense lawyers are locking horns over the closely watched case of a suburban mother accused of running an upscale Manhattan brothel.
Anna Gristina's court date Monday began with a dispute among her lawyers.
One of them, Peter Gleason, says Gristina wants to replace his court-appointed colleague, Richard Siracusa (seer-ah-KYOO'-suh).
Gleason says Siracusa hasn't visited Gristina in jail, among other complaints.
Siracusa says Gleason is interfering with his efforts.
Gleason is working for free. He's a former police officer but acknowledges he has limited experience trying criminal cases.
Siracusa says he expects he and Gristina will be able to work through this dispute.
Gristina has pleaded not guilty to promoting prostitution.
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