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Timeline of events in Judge Astacio case

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September 22, 2017 01:54 PM

Below, we have outlined a timeline of events on the case of Judge Leticia Astacio -- the Rochester city court judge convicted of driving drunk.

February 13, 2016

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- Astacio is arrested for DWI after crash on I-490

- Her blood alcohol content was .19

March 2016

- Astacio is pulled from hearing cases by the supervising judge and is assigned "chambers work."

August 22, 2016

- Astacio is found guilty of DWI. 

- She is given a conditional discharge, ordered not to drink alcohol for one year and must have an ignition interlock device on her car.

October, 2016

- Astacio is in court after the ignition interlock device records two tests positive for alcohol. 

November 16, 2016

- Astacio tells the court she did drink alcohol since her conviction but didn't know she was not allowed to drink because she didn't read the terms of her sentence. 

November 20, 2016

- According to court papers, Judge Astacio refuses to leave an employee bathroom at a mall restaurant and tells a security guard "you can't spray me with pepper spray, I'm a judge."

November 28, 2016

- News10NBC shows pictures of Judge Astacio at a family Thanksgiving night party holding a red plastic shot glass with a bottle of tequila on the table. Judge Astacio insists she only took shots of water. 

- Astacio is also banned from Hall of Justice courts.

February 3, 2017

- Astacio is in court to answer allegations stemming from the restaurant bathroom incident and the Thanksgiving party. She enters a "general denial" that she was drinking at either incident. 

March 27, 2017

- Judge Stephen Aronson finds that Judge Astacio did not violate the terms of her sentence at the mall restaurant or the Thanksgiving, finding there was not enough evidence to prove those violations.

April 29, 2017

- The ignition interlock device on Judge Astacio's vehicle registers another positive test for alcohol. 

May 3, 2017

- Judge Astacio flies on a one-way ticket to Thailand to live with monks. 

May 5, 2017

- Astacio's attorney, Ed Fiandach, is alerted that the court has ordered an alcohol-detecting test for Judge Astacio. 

May 26, 2017

- Judge Astacio is ordered to court to explain why she hasn't taken the court-ordered test. Judge Astacio is still in Thailand with the monks. 

May 30, 2017

- Judge Astacio misses her court date. She's still in Thailand. She sends a text to attorney Ed Fiandach that says, "And if you talk to the media could you mention that I'm living in a temple in the mountains with monks. Lots of news about me vacationing." Judge Aronson issues a bench warrant for her arrest. 

- Supervising Judge Craig Doran writes a letter ordering Judge Astacio to return to Rochester and meet with him and says her stint in Thailand "may constitute the voluntary abandonment of public office." 

- News10NBC confirms the New York State Judicial Conduct Commission is investigating Judge Astacio. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

- Judge Astacio returns to the Hall of Justice to meet with her supervisors. 

- She is arrested by three Rochester police officers on the bench warrant. 

- Judge Aronson offers this deal: plead guilty to the declaration of delinquency, get 45 days in jail, two years' probation and a SCRAM device which detects alcohol through the skin. 

- Judge Astacio turns the offer down. 

- Judge Aronson sends her to jail

Tuesday June 6, 2017

- In the morning, attorney Ed Fiandach learns he's been fired as Astacio's lawyer through a text message from Astacio's sister. 

- At a meeting in the jail in the afternoon, Astacio refuses to sign an attorney severance document and keeps Fiandach as her lawyer. 

Wednesday June 7, 2017

- Judge Astacio enters court in a red jail outfit for a bail hearing. 

- Presiding Judge William Kocher rules the jailing of Judge Astacio was not "arbitrary and capricious" and denies the defense motion to release her. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

- Judge Astacio testifies that she flew to Thailand on May 2 and didn't learn about the court-ordered alcohol test until May 27. Judge Aronson determines Judge Astacio to be delinquent of her DWI sentence and sends Judge Astacio back to jail until a hearing on July 6. Astacio's attorney says "we also have to recognize that this is the only time in her life that she's ever been in trouble and now she's sitting in the jail."

Tuesday, June 27

- Attorney Ed Fiandach confirms that he is no longer Judge Astacio's lawyer. Fiandach says Astacio faxed him an attorney severance document Monday night, he signed it and faxed it back. Judge Astacio returns to court on July 6. By then she will have served 31 days in jail. 

July 6, 2017

- Judge Aronson sentenced Astacio to 60 days in jail, plus three years’ probation and ankle bracelet monitoring. Her sentencing includes time served and she should be out of jail in two weeks.

After the verdict was read, Astacio supporters were removed from the court due to an outburst. Astacio’s daughter yelled “F**k You” at Judge Aronson.

August 1

Less than a month after getting out of jail, Judge Leticia Astacio is accused of violating her probation.

As part of her probation, Judge Astacio has to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet around her ankle -- known as a SCRAM device. The prosecutor told us the monitor registered a positive test for alcohol on July 14. That's the day after Judge Astacio got out of jail.

Astacio's lawyer denied the positive reading was caused by drinking alcohol. 

August 3

Judge Astacio’s lawyers denied charges that she violated her probation. A hearing has been set for August 24. Judge Astacio will remain free on probation until then. UPDATE: The hearing has been moved to October.

September 22

Seventh 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.

 

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