A black judge, Leticia Astacio, serving on the bench for a ten year term is angry because the judge is sending her to prison for continuous DUIs and for refusing a mandatory test for alcohol. The judge handed down the maximum sentence of 60 days in jail and three years of probation, noting that she showed no remorse and she skipped out on alcohol testing, using the excuse that she was living with monks in some remote area.
Her lawyer argued with the judge and said his client only wanted jail time without probation, knowing that the judge could not give her any more jail time. The judge informed the lawyer that what she wants means nothing in his court. Her lawyer also told the judge that his client would violate her probation the moment she got out, to which the judge replied that she would have to return to his court for further action should she keep her threat.
On August 22, 2016, Judge Astacio was sentenced to a ‘one-year conditional discharge’ that was continued until March, 2018, after she admitted to two violations of the discharge after drinking alcohol and driving under the influence.
She was back in court in March when she beat four allegations that she had violated the conditions of her sentence: one that she drank alcohol on two separate occasions, and three about her ignition interlock, which will only start if the driver’s alcohol levels are below 0.03%.
Her ignition interlock data showed that there was a reading of 0.0651% on April 29, 2017.
Judge Astacio claimed that her daughter had driven, and that the reading was hers. It is not illegal for someone to drive a car that has an ignition interlock that is for someone else.
Judge Aronson ordered her to take a urine test to determine if there were byproducts of alcohol, but she didn’t take the test, because she was allegedly in Thailand living with monks.
Before she was sentenced, Judge Leticia Astacio spoke for more than 20 minutes about how she has done everything that the court had asked and more, according to Democrat & Chronicle.
She whined about the news media’s portrayal of her, saying that reporters are painting an inaccurate picture of her case. She complained that the media is focusing on her crime, rather than reporting on her being a good mother.
“If you Google my name you’ll find these stories,” she said. “The media is trying to break me.”
Over the course of the twenty minutes she complained about everything that she’s been through since committing her crime.
Judge Stephen Aronson wasn’t buying into any of her whining.
“You are not being punished for being a good mother. You are not being punished for having people in this community support you.” Judge Aronson emphasized, “Nowhere in your presentation did I hear one word of remorse or contrition for the acts that you were found guilty of!”
Judge Aronson went on, “You give me the impression that you are disregarding the judicial system and disregarding your responsibilities under it. You were ordered to perform a drug test, and you didn’t!”
Judge Stephen Aronson then sentenced Judge Leticia Astacio to the maximum jail sentence of 60 days, plus three years probation, and a skin alcohol monitoring device for six months at her expense.
Obviously not picking up on the hint, Judge Astacio’s attorney told Judge Aronson that Astacio wanted straight jail time, and didn’t want probation.
“What she wants, Mr. Young, is irrelevant.” Judge Aronson responded. “She will be sentenced to probation. She will be having someone monitor her in the future.”
Her attorney then laid it all out, saying that Judge Astacio was going to refuse to comply with her probation and she would violate it the moment that she’s put on probation, and then they would just come back to court.
“Then we will come back.” Judge Aronson concluded.
Judge Astacio’s daughter yelled out, “F**k you Judge Aronson,” and had to be removed from the courtroom.