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Navajo tribal judge denies wrongdoing

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FARMINGTON, NM (AP) -

A Navajo Nation judge accused of trying to bribe a tribal prosecutor is denying any wrongdoing.

The Daily Times reports that the tribal Office of the Chief Prosecutor alleged that Kayenta Judicial District Court Judge Roy J. Tso Jr. tried to bribe a tribal prosecutor in Shiprock to dismiss criminal charges against relatives of Tso.

Tso says the relatives haven't been charged and that he didn't try to bribe the prosecutor. He says he was concerned about how one relative who is mentally impaired might be treated.

The tribal Supreme Court has denied a motion by Chief Prosecutor Bernadine Martin to disqualify Tso from presiding over any cases involving the prosecutor's office.

However, Chief Justice Herb Yazzie placed Tso on administrative leave on Oct. 10 because of the investigation.

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