Astacio Can Appeal Suspension

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Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio has 11 days to respond to the New York State Court of Appeals in order to appeal the suspension.  Astacio has only shown up for one full day of work since August 31 because she has a doctor's note. She has not heard or tried a single case since February 2016. According to 13WHAM, Now that Astacio has been suspended with pay she will not need the excuse. The Judicial Conduct Commission can only remove or sanction a judge after a disciplinary hearing which is the equivalent of a non-jury trial. Astacio was charged with a felony on April 2 when she allegedly tried to buy a shotgun at Dick's Sporting Goods which is in violation of her probation. Her suspension with pay means she will continue to collect her $187,200 annual salary. 13WHAM reported that since 1975 the Judicial Conduct Commission has fired 169 judges. But only five have been suspended with pay.



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