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11:10 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Defense For Former Arkansas Treasurer Rests Without Calling Witnesses

Martha Shoffner
File photo of Martha Shoffner and attorney Chuck Banks leaving the federal courthouse in June 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Lawyers for a former Arkansas treasurer charged with corruption have decided against calling any witnesses to the stand.

Closing arguments at Martha Shoffner's federal trial were set for Tuesday morning and jurors could get the case in the afternoon.

Defense lawyers had claimed Monday that the federal government didn't prove its case and asked U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to order her acquittal. Holmes said he would withhold judgment until after jurors deliberate.

Prosecutors allege Shoffner took $36,000 from a bond broker and steered state business his way.

She also faces a separate trial this month on allegations she misspent money from a campaign account, but her attorneys are seeking a delay.

Defense lawyers contend Shoffner should have faced only state ethics charges.