Fed prosecutor pays price for passing school bus
BRIDGEPORT - A senior federal prosecutor, who demanded a trial after being ticketed for passing a school bus in Monroe, has instead decided to pay the ticket.
The witnesses had been assembled, the courtroom readied for trial Tuesday morning when Jacabed Rodriguez-Coss quietly went to the clerk’s office in the Golden Hill Street courthouse and paid her $465 ticket.
She declined comment.
Rodriguez-Coss, an assistant U.S. Attorney and second in command of the state’s National Security and Major Crimes Unit, had demanded another trial after a state magistrate on June 9 found her guilty of speeding by a school bus while it was picking up students on Monroe Turnpike and fined her $465.
Monroe police have received numerous complaints about cars passing school busses stopped to either pick up or drop off students.
On Nov. 13, 2015, Patrol Officer Brook Larsen was assigned to a traffic detail across from the Safe Harbour Daycare on Monroe Turnpike when she saw a school bus stop in the southbound lane with its lights activated and side stop sign out, according to court documents.
Students began getting into the bus when a 2011 Toyota Sequoia, operated by Rodriguez-Coss, passed the stopped school bus without slowing, the police report states.
Larsen caught up with Rodriguez-Coss and gave her a ticket for illegally passing a school bus.
In addition to the officer’s report, prosecutors also presented video of the incident during a hearing before the magistrate.
Since that hearing police also got a statement from the bus driver who said she leaned on her horn as Rodriguez-Coss sped by her.
In April, Rodriguez-Coss, who recently prosecuted a U.S. Navy sailor for taking photographs of the inside of a navy submarine, filed a $300,000 federal discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. She declined comment on the lawsuit.
In the suit, Rodriguez-Coss states she was forced to travel to California, Rhode Island and Vermont to prosecute capital cases while male prosecutors did not have to travel. She claims that her three children were impacted by the Sandy Hook tragedy when the Sandy Hook school was relocated near her daughters’ school requiring her to remain close by to them.
The suit states her supervisors discriminated against her because of her gender and parental status and have since subjected her to a hostile work environment.