Ex-Washington County judge waives preliminary hearing

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Paul Pozonsky, the retired Washington County judge accused of taking cocaine submitted as evidence in his court, waived a preliminary hearing Monday, his attorney said.

Attorney Robert G. Del Greco said his client's formal arraignment on the various drug and theft charges is scheduled for Oct. 21.

"Sometime between now and then we will have to determine just how it is that we're going to proceed, and we have really yet to make that determination," he said.

A Pennsylvania grand jury indicted Mr. Pozonsky, 57, a Washington County Common Pleas judge for more than a decade, in May after an investigation found he took drug evidence in 10 criminal cases.

Mr. Pozonsky faces eight counts of theft, four counts of possession, one count of misapplication of entrusted property and one count of obstruction, all misdemeanors. He is also charged with felony conflict of interest, a violation of state ethics law.

Mr. Pozonsky, who retired in July 2012, was released in May on $25,000 bond.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944. Twitter: @borntolede First Published September 16, 2013 12:30 AM


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