October 17, 2018 06:43 AM
The damage was done and beyond repair.
That's why the New York State Court of Appeals removed Leticia Astacio off the bench for good.
It's been a long road. Tonight the tenure of Astacio as a Rochester City Court judge is over, two and a half years after she was arrested for drunk driving.
The decision came in an eight-page ruling from the Court of Appeals. When we tried to get Astacio's comment at her home, she drove away in her car.
When she returned she said this:
Leticia Astacio, removed as City Court Judge: Do not come to my house. You're trespassing. You are harassing me. I don't want you here. Do not film my child on the news. I am not a public official anymore. There is no reason for you to be at my house. You are stalking me.
News10NBC was on the public sidewalk when Astacio said that but we decided to leave after her comment.
We have covered her since her drunk driving arrest, that included the moments she violated her DWI sentence, jetted off to Thailand and got sent to jail three times.
Judge Craig Doran oversees all judges in the Rochester area and spoke to News10NBC today.
Brean: How do we make sure that our community never goes through something like this again?
Judge Craig Doran, Administrative Judge 7th Judicial District: Well the collective "we", there are many entities that we are all responsible to. First of all law enforcement. No one is above the law. And this should be a reminder of that to everyone. So your question, how do we make sure? We make sure by supporting the entities that are charged with the responsibility of holding us all accountable.
That includes the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct which investigated Astacio for more than a year.
Robert Tembeckjian, NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct: I was gratified that the Court agreed with the Commission that Judge Astacio is unfit to be a judge and that she should be removed.
Since her DWI arrest in February 2016 Astacio has not heard a single case.
So we did the math.
Over the last two and a half years, including her raise this year, she collected more than $463,000 in salary. Based on the median household income, it would take the average family in the city of Rochester 15 years to earn that much money.
Astacio's salary stopped today. It's now up to Mayor Lovely Warren to pick a replacement. A committee is going to give her a list of names by Christmas.
The system worked without Astacio.
While she was out, the remaining Rochester City Court Judges, clerks and staff reduced the backlog of cases by 65 percent.
Updated: October 17, 2018 06:43 AM
Created: October 16, 2018 06:25 PM
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