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Judge Astacio fires her lawyers again, loses DWI appeal

October 06, 2017 06:04 PM

Another one bites the dust...

For the second time in three months, Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio has fired her legal team and replaced it with another tag-team of lawyers. 

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On October 4th, the same day we reported that Judge Astacio was accused of violating her probation, attorneys Gregory Paul Salmon and Craig D. Carson filed a "Notice of Appearance" letter with the court saying they "have been retained by" Judge Astacio to handle her violation of probation hearing. 

In a post on his Facebook in June, Mr. Salmon wrote: "I am of the very strong opinion that Judge Astacio is one of the few, rarely, overqualified Judges. How so? She has been a Prosecutor, a Defense Attorney, and a Judge. And now, as a Defendant, all God is doing is making her more qualified to be the only true Judge that can be trusted to dispense real Justice. I stand by Judge Astacio."

News10NBC contacted Mr. Salmon at his office today. He said "I'm preparing for a court date which is quickly approaching. So I have no comment right now."

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10.

Judge Astacio is accused of leaving Monroe County to go to the del Lago Resort and Casino in Seneca County without the permission of her probation officer.

Friday, News10NBC contacted Judge Astacio's most recent attorney Mark Young. In a text message, Mr. Young first said, "news to me."

But after News10NBC told Mr. Young that the Notice of Appearance had been filed he contacted Judge Astacio and then texted "guess you're right."

In a later text, Mr. Young wrote, "We wish her well."

News10NBC tried to reach Judge Astacio for comment, but did not hear back from her.

Mark Young and his wife Bridget Young were hired by Judge Astacio in June after Astacio fired her first attorney, Ed Fiandach.

Judge Astacio hired Mr. Fiandach after she was arrested for drunk driving in February 2016. Judge Astacio was convicted of DWI in August 2016. After that conviction, she was accused multiple times of drinking alcohol which she was prohibited from doing.

Ultimately, Judge Astacio was found guilty of violating the terms of her sentence twice. In June, after the second violation, Judge Stephen Aronson sentenced her to jail for 60 days. On July 13, the day after Judge Astacio was released from jail, the alcohol-detecting ankle bracelet she is required to wear detected alcohol.

There is a hearing on October 19 to determine if Judge Astacio consumed alcohol back in July. 

Judge denies DWI conviction appeal

On the same day Judge Astacio got her new lawyers, a decision came on her appeal to overturn her original DWI conviction.

Judge Astacio argued the evidence against her was insufficient. But, based on the testimony of the state trooper who arrested Judge Astacio, Judge William Kocher ruled that there was enough evidence and therefore, Judge Astacio's appeal "is denied."

Click here to see the Notice of Appearance.

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