- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A New York judge facing removal after a DWI conviction and inappropriate comments from the bench says she has a “smart mouth” but a “good heart.”

Embattled Rochester city court Judge Leticia Astacio (uh-STAH’-see-oh) says she hasn’t decided whether to appeal a decision Tuesday from the state Commission on Judicial Conduct that she should be removed from the bench.

Astacio hasn’t heard cases since her 2016 DWI arrest.

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports that she told journalists, “I rub a lot of people wrong in the beginning and then I grow on them in the long run.”

The commission cited a series of incidents in its decision, including her jailing after skipping a court date and telling a deputy in curt to shoot or punch a rowdy defendant.


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