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Grand jurors claim improper influence in McMinn case

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MCMINN COUNTY, TN (Times Free Press) -- Two McMinn County grand jurors in 2010 complained to an investigator that the jury foreman and an assistant district attorney tried to influence their votes in a politically fraught case, records show.

The grand jury in July of that year voted not to indict sheriff candidate Joe Guy for campaign finance violations. Guy went on to win the election and is now McMinn County sheriff.

Later, two grand jurors told an investigator they felt improper influence was brought to bear in the jury room by foreman Joel Riley and Paul Rush, assistant district attorney in the 10th Judicial District.

No action was taken, records show. None of the other 10 grand jurors who sat on the case was interviewed, and the investigation was closed.

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