Judge accused of stealing cocaine from evidence likely impaired, says lawyer in conviction challenge

So attorney Brian Zeiger is challenging the third-degree murder bench conviction of Robert Urwin Jr., 58. He seeks a new trial for his client, outside of the county, because former Washington County Common Pleas Judge Paul Pozonsky knew some of the judges who still work there, the Associated Press reports.

“It is very likely Pozonsky was using cocaine in his chambers during work hours and while deciding to convict Robert Urwin,” Zeiger wrote in a court filing, pointing out that complex DNA evidence was at issue in his client’s case.

Pozonsky, 59, pleaded guilty earlier this year in a theft case and awaits sentencing later this month.