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Lawyer for accused NYC shover Lauren Pazienza seeks new bail hearing

The Long Island woman jailed for manslaughter in the shoving death of an elderly Manhattan voice coach should not be behind bars, her lawyer contends in new court filing.

Lauren Pazienza is being held at Rikers Island pending trial on manslaughter and assault charges for the death of Barbara Maier Gustern, after Justice Felicia Menin ruled earlier this month that she was a “serious flight risk.”

Pazienza, 26, who has pleaded not guilty, was initially released on $500,000 bail before Menin threw her back in jail.

Pazienza was originally released on $500,000 bail before being brought back to jail because a judge deemed her a “serious flight risk.”
Steven Hirsch
Pazienza is awaiting trial for manslaughter and assault charges after allegedly fatally shoving Gustern to the ground in March.
Pazienza is awaiting trial for manslaughter and assault charges after allegedly fatally shoving Gustern to the ground in March.
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Pazienza should get a new bail hearing because Menin didn’t consider options like home confinement, treatment programs or electronic monitoring, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court filing from her lawyers.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Tuesday.

Pazienza, an event organizer and scion of a lucrative cesspool empire, allegedly called Gustern a “bitch” before pushing her in an unprovoked attack in Chelsea on March 10, police said.

Mugshot of Lauren Pazienza, 26, of Port Jefferson, Long Island, New York, turned herself in to New York police yesterday. Lauren Pazienza suspect in the death of Broadway singing coach Barbara Maier Gustern has been charged with manslaughter.
Pazienza is being held at Rikers Island.
Pazienza is facing five to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Pazienza is facing five to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Steven Hirsch

Gustern fell and hit her head, dying from her injuries five days later.

Gustern was a vocal coach whose clients included “Blondie’s” Debbie Harry.

Pazienza faces between five and 25 years behind bars if convicted.

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