Our favorite upstate NY Judge has certainly had more than her 15 minutes of fame, but it now has been extended by at least two minutes and fifty seconds.
If you're not familiar with Judge Laticia Astacio, a quick background about the Rochester City Court Judge. She was arrested on a cold February morning in 2016 for driving while intoxicated. She was sitting along the side of Interstate 490 in her car with a flat tire and a dented front grill on her Hyundai . At the time she was driving to court for Saturday morning arraignments. The Judge was arrested at the scene after becoming verbally abusive with a hard working New York State Trooper.
After later being convicted in a trial by a fellow judge on a misdeameanor charge of Driving While Intoxicated, Judge Astacio received a "conditional discharge". She continued to serve on the City Court while earning her salary, which has been increased since the arrest to $187,200 a year.
After her now infamous arrest, the Judge has been in much trouble. Just google her name and you can recount the trail that has led Judge Astacio to the Commission on Judicial Conduct, who suspended her and recommended her removal from office.
"Nobody ------ including a judge ------ is above the law", commission Chairman Joseph Belluck said when the ruling was announced.
The case is still weaving it's way through the process with a decision expected in the near future.
For now, it appears the jurist who has spawned her own hashtag (#drunkjudge) may be working on a new career, as she (or a really good impersonator) stars in a new music video you can watch below. It was posted to youtube August 8 by Todd Page.
Titled "Stalking Judge Laticia Astacio- Crazy In Love...with The Judge", it is a parody of a Beyonce video.
Full disclosure: my uncle Robert P. Kennedy was a New York Supreme Court Justice, and I can honestly say that he would be less than enthused that a person in such a high position in society would be put in such a public undertaking.
To each, his or her own. We all make our own decisions. So, since this woman has apparently consented to the making of this production, here's Judge Laticia Astacio being chased by a Texas Stalker named Rob Campbell.