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Now-disbarred defense lawyer takes plea in case over drug deals near courthouse and law office

Posted Apr 7, 2014 2:24 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A disbarred Pennsylvania lawyer pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of manufacturing, delivering or possessing oxycodone.

Gregory Noonan faces a sentence of five years minimum to as much as 10 years on each count, including an enhancement because the transactions occurred near a school, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The 53-year-old pleaded guilty as well to other felony drug-related charges that could add more time to his sentence in the Montgomery County court case. The open plea deal does not include any agreed sentence recommendation, the newspaper notes.

The Associated Press and CBS Philly also have stories.

Noonan was disbarred by consent earlier this year in a case (PDF) that concerned not only his drug arrests but his handling of a civil litigation matter, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports.

"Mr. Noonan is in the process of changing and reforming his life and dealing with his addiction issues," said Samuel C. Stretton, his lawyer in the disbarment matter, at the time it was concluding.

Noonan's drug case reportedly resulted from a tip to authorities. He was arrested in December, after authorities said he sold 179 oxycodone pills to an undercover Philadelphia police officer in November as the two sat in his Jaguar near the county courthouse, followed by another sale of 180 pills in December as the Jaguar was outside Noonan's Norristown law office.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: "Lawyer charged in drug case, accused of taking prescription pills for legal fee"

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