Attorney allowed to withdraw from prostitution case
KINGMAN — The purported ringleader of alleged massage parlor prostitution operations in Bullhead City and Lake Havasu needs a new lawyer.
Defense attorney Brad Rideout has been allowed to withdraw as legal counsel for Amanda Yamauchi, 47.
The woman who claims residency in Las Vegas with ties to both Colorado River communities in Arizona is charged in a multi-count indictment accusing her of involvement in human trafficking and forcing women to work as prostitutes. More than a half dozen others face various charges for their alleged roles in the operation that was the focus of a two-year investigation.
Rideout told Judge Billy Sipe on Monday that he has had “a breakdown in communications” with Yamauchi and that she will be better served by new legal counsel. Yamauchi advised the court that she wanted Rideout to continue to represent her.
But Rideout advised Sipe that he and Yamauchi had reached a stalemate.
“I don’t think we are going to be able to overcome our philosophical differences on the case,” Rideout said.
Sipe ruled that Rideout could withdraw. He ordered that Yamauchi be appointed legal counsel through Mohave County Indigent Defense Services.
Yamauchi retained Rideout but told Sipe that she can no longer afford a lawyer on her own because her income generation has suffered since her arrest last September.