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Rochester judge continues being paid as court weighs her future


New York's highest court is weighing the future of a judge who is trying to keep her job.

Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio's attorney argued her case on Wednesday before the Court of Appeals in Albany.

In April, the Commission on Judicial Conduct recommended that Astacio be removed after a series of incidents that include a 2016 drunken driving conviction and skipping a court date, resulting in jail time.

Astacio previously stated she has a "smart mouth'' but a "good heart.'' Astacio's attorney, Robert Julian, says she is remorseful and should be censured rather than removed. He says Astacio has a "mild alcohol abuse disorder.'' 

However, Commission attorney Edward Lindner argued Astacio has repeatedly tried to blame others. Astacio continues to receive her $187,000 salary.

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