NY's highest court weighs future of Rochester judge
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court is weighing the future of a judge who’s trying to keep her job.
Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio’s attorney argued her case on Wednesday before the Court of Appeals in Albany.
In April, the Commission on Judicial Conduct recommended that Astacio be removed after a series of incidents that include a 2016 drunken driving conviction and skipping a court date, resulting in jail time. Astacio previously stated that she has a “smart mouth” but a “good heart.”
The Democrat and Chronicle says commission attorney Edward Lindner argued Astacio has repeatedly tried to blame others.
Astacio’s attorney, Robert Julian, says she is remorseful and should be censured rather than removed.
Julian says Astacio has a “mild alcohol abuse disorder.”
Astacio continues to receive her $187,000 salary.
Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, http://www.democratandchronicle.com