Judge who stole cocaine from evidence challenges disbarment
PITTSBURGH | A former Pennsylvania judge convicted of stealing cocaine from evidence in the county drug court he founded has asked the state’s Supreme Court to consider allowing his law license to remain suspended instead of permanently disbarring him.
Former Washington County Judge Paul Pozonsky’s license has been temporarily suspended since August 2015, a month after he pleaded guilty and was given 30 days to nearly two years in jail. He served the minimum sentence on work-release before he was paroled.
Pozonsky’s attorney and former law clerk, James Andrew Salemme, argued before the court sitting in Pittsburgh Tuesday that Pozonsky wants to rebuild his life and career. He’s hoping the court will impose a retroactive suspension of three to five years.