Defense attorney: Former judge to plead guilty in case involving cocaine taken from evidence

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PITTSBURGH — The attorney for a retired western Pennsylvania judge accused of stealing cocaine seized in police investigations says his client will plead guilty to at least some charges he faces.

Attorney Robert Del Greco Jr. tells The Associated Press that 59-year-old Paul Pozonsky expects to plead guilty Friday in Washington County, where he retired abruptly in June 2012 before moving to Alaska. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported similar comments from Del Greco late Tuesday.

State prosecutors have since charged Pozonsky with conflict of interest, obstructing law enforcement, theft, and drug possession charges stemming from drugs missing from evidence containers stored in his chambers.

Del Greco says the exact charges to which Pozonsky will plead guilty were still being worked out Wednesday. The state attorney general's office didn't immediately comment.

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