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Update: Ontario County DA to Prosecute City Court Judge Charged With DWI

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Leticia AstacioUpdate 3/9: Ontario County District Attorney Mike Tantillo will prosecute the DWI charges against Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio.

The Monroe County District Attorney’s office has asked for a court-appointed prosecutor to handle the case in order to avoid any conflict of interest ,officials stated. 

Astacio’s arraignment has been scheduled for Friday, at 9:30 a.m., in city court.

Previously, State Supreme Court Justice, and Administrative Judge for the 7th Judicial District, Craig Doran, said Astacio would only hear cases in civil court, until her DWI case has ended.

Update: State Supreme Court Justice, and Administrative Judge for the 7th Judicial District, Craig Doran, has announced Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio will only hear cases in civil court, while her criminal case is pending in city court.

According to Doran, the move will avoid any potential conflicts of interest, and maintain the public’s confidence in the judicial system.

Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio, 34, was ticketed and charged with driving while intoxicated, Feb. 13, while on her way to court, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley stated.

According to Doorley, New York State Troopers were called to Interstate-490, near Mt. Read Blvd., at about 8 a.m. Saturday, where Astacio had apparently been involved in a one-car accident.

Astacio reportedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test, and was issued an appearance ticket for March 11 in Rochester City Court.

Doorley said Judge Charles Crimi presided over Saturday morning arraignments in Astacio’s place.

Astacio had been elected to office in 2014, and is a former member of the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, where she worked in the drunken driving bureau. The Democrat won a primary for the judgeship in September, before running unopposed in the general election.