Suspended Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio's attorney says she should be censured for her conduct, but not fired.
A 42-page legal brief filed today (Thu) says the Judicial Conduct Commission ruling that Astacio should be removed from the bench should be set aside. It gives three main reasons:
It says the commission's hearing was unfair, because information not in evidence was introduced.
It says Judge Astacio has acknowledged her inappropriate conduct.
And it says Astacio's conduct doesn't warrant the "career death sentence" of dismissal from the bench.
The State Court of Appeals will hear Judge Astacio's appeal in September.