Court Decides Repeatedly-Jailed Judge Astacio Must Continue To Be Paid

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Judge Leticia Astacio will continue to be paid her $187,200 salary.

Rochester, NY – The Court of Appeals decided Tuesday that Rochester City Judge Leticia Astacio must be paid her $187,200 salary as she appeals having her judgeship stripped from her.

Astacio has has until May 24 to tell the court if she plans to challenge having her judgeship stripped from her, and it appears that she will continue to be paid more money the longer she draws out the process.

The state of New York’s Commission on Judicial Conduct stripped Judge Astacio of her judgeship on April 24.

The decision to finally remove Astacio from the bench came more than two years after her initial drunk driving arrest on Feb. 16, 2016.

Since that time, the judge has continued to draw her salary – even receiving a raise bump up to $187,200 recently – while her defiant antics, smug demeanor, and arrogant outbursts have been commonplace during her multiple appearances in relation to violations of her sentence.

“Faith in the courts requires all judges to respect and comply with the law, to preside fairly and without even the appearance of bias, and to obey court orders when they themselves are litigants," said commission administrator Robert Tembeckjian at a press conference on Tuesday. "Regrettably, Judge Astacio failed to uphold each of these principles."

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported that a series of lapses in judgment and a drunken driving conviction contributed to the commission's final decision.

This was the first time Commission on Judicial Conduct has removed a judge from the bench for a drunken-driving conviction, but the commission said that Astacio’s problems extended far beyond her 2016 misdemeanor.

"There are no external factors creating this," Commission Deputy Commissioner John Postel told commission members when recommending the 36-year-old Astacio be stripped of her judgeship, according to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

"There is no one else to blame here. This is the result of what she did, and the choices she made and what this says to the public is this judge is unfit and you should have no confidence in her,” Postel said.

Astacio can appeal the commission’s decision to the Court of Appeals; however, the commission’s decision didn’t even take into account her most recent shenanigans, which involved felony charges for attempting to buy a firearm she was prohibited from having from two different Dick’s Sporting Goods stores.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported that Astacio started making questionable courtroom decisions and comments as soon as she took the bench in 2015, all of which ultimately played into the commission’s decision to remove her.

She arraigned a defendant whom she knew, rather than recusing herself as would have been appropriate. Astacio had represented the man when she was a defense lawyer. She was worried his case could go to a judge who was tougher than she was.

Astacio told a jaywalker in her courtroom that if there were no laws, she would “run [jaywalkers] over because it’s disrespectful,” the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported.

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported that she told a deputy to “tase” or “shoot” or “punch… in the face” a 16-year-old girl who was resisting being brought into her courtroom.

Astacio also laughed when an attorney representing a man accused of sexual misconduct said the alleged victim had “buyer’s remorse.” The prosecutor objected to the attorney’s comment and Astacio asked “You didn’t think that was funny?”

The former judge told WHEC-TV in an interview outside her home that the voters’ will was subverted by the commission.

Astacio was asked if she thought her removal was racially-motivated and she responded with a rant.

“Do you?” she asked the off-screen reporter. “You are a black woman. I’m asking you, baby girl. Do you? Because there has not one judge that has ever been removed from the bench for DWI including judges that pissed on cop cars, including judges that tried to take police officers’ guns, including judges that have been arrested repeatedly while in their cars drunk and asleep.”

“Including judges – the last judge we had in Monroe County - got a DWAI [Driving While Ability Impaired] and got a DWI while his case was pending and continued to stay on the bench and hear cases. Do you?” she ranted at the reporter.

Astacio told reporters that if she’d known what would happen as a result of her trip to Thailand, she wouldn’t have gone. She said that she was being persecuted because she hadn’t gone away quietly like other judges had.

She became combative and chewed out the reporters for more than 20 minutes outside her home for having published her address information.

Astacio blamed them for the “media firestorm” that has caused people to say “ridiculous, crazy heinous things” without consideration for the fact she’s a human being with feelings.

Comments (21)
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ShelbyCole
ShelbyCole

She sounds republican.

Marxest
Marxest

That's sounds right. Police Officers, teachers, politicians accused of wrong doing are given paid leave before they are formally fired. Police officer Michael Slager got paid leave for three days after committing a hate crime murder, then he was arrested and fired. +Then sent to prison where he belongs) Judge Astacio should collect her due salary unless she is charged with a crime, which she hasn't done.

godsmack
godsmack

ShelbyCole. Sounds Republican? Off your meds???

godsmack
godsmack

This Judge has some serious mental problems.

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

Typical liberal ignorance!!!

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

@ShelbyCole: UM, that would be a WRONG assumption on your DimWitCrit self. Should be obvious, but since you & the Libby’s always miss the Obvious, the newspaper article mentioned here is the Rochester ‘DEMOCRAT’....of which she IS.
It’s always the Democrocks that do the most outrageous things to spend $ & support the Socialist Agenda, Immorality, Illegals, removing God from Everything, Welfare for all, & the soon to be, 1 World Government, aka New World Order.
They also LOVE to spread FAKE News, believe the Lies they are told, & take payments from Soros to cause numerous disruptions & distractions from the Truth, lest they be found out for what & who they are & really Stand for.
As long as we have a President who LOVES America & Americans, we’ll at least stand a chance against ALL the Demon corruption that has gone on for Decades!
Congrats! You are another successfully Dumbed Down Sheep, wearing your chosen ignorance like a badge. They LOVE having so many Fools like you following blindly on America’s road to destruction.
Nothing to be proud of....
Be sure, your Sucker Punch is winding up, dear. Unless of course, you happen to get a clue, beforehand. For your sad sake, I hope you do.

Propolice
Propolice

Disgusting, wasting money on that arrogant, viscous waste of good air. Go ahead and give her more opportunities to buy guns.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

She’s just another typical DemoRat being catered to. Can’t have her WHINING 24/7 like the others do. She’s ‘special’.

JBo
JBo

Astacio is a registered democrat.

RunCop
RunCop

Liberal puke!

John-Brown
John-Brown

Of course she is a Democrat, but don't let the truth get in the way of ShelbyAhole's alt-left agenda.

tfort
tfort

Law is Law. How many times have we paid for cops who acted unlawfully. It has nothing to do with being R or D.

hampshire
hampshire

Low class remark, but figures 🙀

SomeKindofPatriot
SomeKindofPatriot

Afirmative action at work on stage!

Terminater
Terminater

Really you must be a dumbocrat

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Far from a Republican..... She's a self centered, better than thou Liberal who is abusing the system. Let's start a prescient here and charge her for jail time, court costs, etc. It's time to make an example of those who KNOW better and do the wrong thing, no matter what race or gender they are.

Deputydog1
Deputydog1

She is a Democrat. You can tell by her lack of respect for the law!

Capt-retired
Capt-retired

Anyone appointed to these civilian oversight panels should be required to 1. Attend a civilian police academy. 2. Ride along with an officer on an ongoing basis and 3. Be required to take a shoot don't shoot course.

JBo
JBo

tfort..."How many times have we paid for cops who acted unlawfully." Not nearly as many times as people have paid the price for elected officials corruption and screwups.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Marxest are you defending this woman who has been getting paid handsomely for the last two years while not doing any work simply because she is "black"? Are you, commie?


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