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Astacio Apologizes After Pleading Guilty to Violation; Says Media Portrayal “Inaccurate”

By Staff

 

Leticia AstacioRochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio posted an apology on Facebook Thursday, after returning to court this week for possibly violating the terms of a conditional discharge she received in August.

Astacio had previously been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated.

The judge pleaded guilty on Wednesday, to attempting to start her vehicle, which is equipped with a court-ordered ignition interlock device, after drinking in October.

She also thanked her supporters, and apologized on social media Thursday, following what she said has been an unfair and “inaccurate” portrayal of her case by the media.

Read Astacio’s full apology below:

“If you know me, you know that it has been very difficult for me to remain silent while the media has camped out at my house, and inaccurately reported things about me without correcting them throughout the year. Yesterday I addressed the cameras only to express that this has been a very trying time for my family and I, and that I sincerely appreciate the love, hugs, prayers, letters, etc. that people have extended. I am in awe of the compassion and empathy that so many of you have shown, and I’m not sure I could have gotten through this without your support.

Aside from my family, you guys are one of the most important things in my life. To the extent you have felt otherwise over the course of this year, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. For whatever reason, many channels chose not to air this portion of what I said, and you didn’t hear my voice shaking as I fought back tears in an effort to thank you with dignity. I am not, nor have I ever been a perfect person. To be candid I probably never will be, but I can’t offer any more than my best, and some days that looks better than others. I cannot do anything about yesterday, it’s over and worrying, or beating myself up won’t change that. I believe that everything in life happens for a reason, and this is no different. This experience, as painful as it has been, has already made me a better person, and ultimately will make me a better judge. I wanted to speak to you all from my heart, and didn’t feel I had the opportunity to do so previously, so I’m saying it here. It has been a difficult year but I am moving forward, and I welcome you all along for the journey!”

As a result of the violation, Astacio has been ordered to continue using the ignition interlock device for an additional six months.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/leticia.astacio.965 to view her full post.

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