Lauren Pazienza’s lawyer demands bail for fatal push from NYC voice coach

Long Island woman jailed for manslaughter in the lugging death of an elderly Manhattan voice coach should not be behind bars, her lawyer argues in a new lawsuit.

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

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

Pazienza was originally released on $500,000 bail before being returned to prison because a judge deemed her a “serious flight risk.”
Steven Hirsch
Pazienza is awaiting trial for manslaughter and assault after allegedly pushing Gustern to the ground in March.
Pazienza is awaiting trial for manslaughter and assault after allegedly pushing Gustern to the ground in March.
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Pazienza should be given a new bail hearing because Menin failed to consider options like house arrest, treatment programs or electronic monitoring, according to a filing from her attorneys with the Manhattan Supreme Court.

There is a hearing on the case on Tuesday.

Pazienza, an event organizer and scion of a lucrative cesspool empire, reportedly called Gustern a “bitch” before shoving 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 himself in to the New York Police Department yesterday.  Lauren Pazienza, suspect in the death of Broadway singing coach Barbara Maier Gustern, has been charged with manslaughter.
Pazienza is held on Rikers Island.
Pazienza faces five to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Pazienza faces five to 25 years in prison if convicted.
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Gustern fell and hit her head and died of 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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