Sheriff to Plead Innocence

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold and administrative chief Joe Russell will plead not guilty to federal charges related to their role with electronic cigarette company JailCigs, according to court documents and a lawyer on the case.

A Tuesday court filing signed by Arnold and his lawyer, Thomas Dundon of law firm Neal & Harwell, says Arnold will not appear in court for an arraignment scheduled for June 7. It also says he will plead not guilty to the charges against him. Russell’s lawyer said Russell would do the same, though the paperwork has not been filed.

Arnold and Russell were indicted last week alongside Arnold’s uncle, John Vanderveer.

The arraignment for all three is set for 1:30 p.m. June 7 before federal Magistrate Judge John S. Bryant in Nashville.

Russell is also expected to plead not guilty and waive his right to appear during that arraignment hearing, according to his lawyer, Patrick Frogge of Bell, Tennent & Frogge in Nashville.

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