September 22, 2017 07:22 PM
News10NBC learned new information on beleaguered Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio.
On Friday, 7th Judicial District Supervising Judge Craig Doran confirmed that Judge Astacio has not shown up to the Hall of Justice for work since August 31. Judge Astacio's lawyer says she got permission from a doctor's letter that was given to Judge Astacio's immediate supervisor.
As an elected city court judge, Judge Astacio makes $174,000 a year.
Since June 5, Judge Astacio was ordered to do clerical work inside a small office in the library on the 5th floor of the Hall of Justice.
Prior to that, Judge Astacio was banned from the Hall of Justice.
Prior to that she was relegated to doing "chambers work" in her judge's office. She was prohibited from hearing any actual case.
And all that stems from Judge Astacio's DWI conviction in August, 2016 and the subsequent violations of her DWI sentence.
In June, Judge Astacio was sent to jail for missing a court ordered alcohol test.
In a statement, Judge Doran says he is looking into "appropriate administrative action" involving Judge Astacio and her absence from work.
In response, Mark Young, attorney for Judge Astacio, says she has been relegated to working in a broom closet in the law library. Young adds that Astacio has been asked to do the work of law clerks and her secure pass to the building has been taken away.
On top of that, Young says Astacio has a medical condition that she is dealing with and Young says Judge Astacio sent a doctor's note to her immediate supervisor, City Court Judge Theresa Johnson. Judge Johnson's office declined to comment on the story and directed News10NBC to speak to Judge Craig Doran. Judge Doran did not comment when asked about the doctor's note.
Updated: September 22, 2017 07:22 PM
Created: September 22, 2017 01:08 PM
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