WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – A retired western Pennsylvania judge accused of stealing cocaine seized in police investigations has been scheduled for a spring trial.

The Observer-Reporter reports Friday ex-Washington County judge Paul Pozonsky’s trial on conflict of interest, theft, drug possession and other charges will start March 23.

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A judge’s ruled in October that prosecutors could use items seized without a warrant from Pozonsky’s chambers as evidence because they were missing court exhibits, not personal property.

Pozonsky’s lawyer argued a president judge’s order to search Pozonsky’s chambers was an illegal attempt to “circumvent the Fourth Amendment.”

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Prosecutors say they obtained the order over concern for “the integrity of the evidence.”

The 59-year-old Pozonsky moved to Alaska in 2012 after 15 years as a common pleas judge. He remains free on $25,000 unsecured bond.

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