Grand Jurors Say Votes Influenced in Sheriff's Case

Two members of the McMinn County grand jury say now that they complained to an investigator in 2010 that the foreman and an assistant district attorney tried to influence their votes in a case involving a candidate for sheriff. The jury had voted not to indict candidate Joe Guy for campaign finance violations; he then went on to win the election and is now McMinn County sheriff. No action was taken regarding the accusations, but both grand jurors told the Times Free Press they still believe foreman Joel Riley and Assistant D.A. Paul Rush tried to influence their votes.