Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio has been officially removed from the bench. The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct released its decision Tuesday morning at a news conference.
Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio has been officially removed from the bench.
The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct released its decision Tuesday morning at a news conference.
Astacio has 30 days to either accept or appeal the Commission's ruling. If she accepts the decision, her pay will stop immediately. If she appeals the decision to the New York State Court of Appeals, she will receive her $187,200 salary until the Court of Appeals acts on her appeal.
The appeal process usually takes three to five months.
Earlier this month, the New York State Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, suspendedAstacio with pay after she was arrested for trying to buy a shotgun. Last Friday, Astacio was in court accused of three violations of probation in connection with the alleged attempt to buy the gun.
Astacio has been the subject of public scorn since she violated the terms of her DWI conviction in the fall of 2016. Astacio admitted she drank alcohol when she was specifically told not to drink. At that time, she was barred from hearing any cases and was subsequently barred from entering the secured areas Hall of Justice at all.
Last June, she was found guilty of violating the terms of her DWI sentence for a second time when she missed a court-ordered alcohol test because she was on a self-imposed retreat living in the mountains of Thailand. At that point, Astacio was placed on probation.
Astacio was jailed twice last summer for alleged probation violations.
To this day, Astacio maintains she should never have been put on probation in the first place and therefore should never have been sent to jail. The court denied her appeals.
In July 2017, Astacio was directed by her supervising judge, Judge Craig Doran, to return to work in a small office in the 5th-floor law library at the Hall of Justice. Astacio has been to work once since Sept. 1, 2017.
Through all this, Astacio has still been collecting her six-figure salary. Most of the time it was $175,500. Astacio, like all city court judges, received a scheduled raise on April 1. Her salary jumped to $187,200.
She has not heard a single case in roughly two years.
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