Deputy Relieved of Duty for Suspicion of Jury Tampering

Deputy Relieved of Duty for Suspicion of Jury Tampering

A Shelby County sheriff's deputy is off the job after being accused of jury tampering.
MEMPHIS, TN--A Shelby County sheriff's deputy is off the job after being accused of jury tampering.

Deputy James Govan was working security at the Criminal Justice Center, when he made comments to jury members deliberating in a rape trial. Those jurors became concerned about his comments and reported it to court officials.

Criminal Court Judge Paula Skahan was informed of the situation, and after speaking with jury members, decided to declare a mistrial in the case because of possible jury tampering.

"We take this situation very seriously and immediate action will be taken. Behavior like this will not be tolerated by any of our employees," said Sheriff Bill Oldham.

Deputy Govan is assigned to building security, and has been relieved of duty with pay pending the results of an investigation.
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