Cotten Named to Tribunal

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Circuit Judge Vernon Cotten of Carthage was selected Thursday for a tribunal, to decide whether to suspend Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz, Jr.

Diaz was charged in an alleged bribery scheme.

Cotten presides over cases in the Eighth Circuit Court District, which includes Newton, Neshoba, Leake and Scott Counties.

Cotten replaces Hinds County chancellor Patricia Wise, who recused herself. The tribunal will decide whether Diaz's suspension is warranted.