An online petition has been created to support a Rochester City Court Judge who was convicted of drunk driving in 2016.
Felicia Astacio, Judge Astacio’s sister, created the #TeamAstacio petition on Change.org. The petition has over 500 supporters so far.
The petition states, in part:
Since the conviction, that is currently under appeal, the media, her employer, and many individuals that did not want her in her position in the first place have launched a crusade against her. A petition has been circulated calling for her removal from the bench by many people that do not reside in the city of Rochester and therefore could not even vote for her!
Her actual constituents clearly see her treatment has been based on age, gender, and racial discrimination as opposed to the administration of justice. She has been jailed, publicly berated, and humiliated by the system she was elected to be a part of. Judge Astacio represents that the system often does not treat people of color the same as their White counterparts, no matter the level of their achievements.
Another petition on Change.org calls for Judge Astacio’s removal from the bench has nearly 20,000 supporters.
A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 19 for an allegation that Judge Astacio violated her probation by drinking alcohol the day after she got of jail in July.