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Tue July 2, 2013
Former Arkansas Treasurer Seeks Delay In Bribery Trial
Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to delay her trial over charges she steered state investments to a bond broker who paid her more than $36,000 in cash.
Shoffner on Tuesday asked for a continuance in her trial, which had been scheduled to begin July 29.
Shoffner's attorney said in a one-page filing that more time was needed to prepare for trial.
Shoffner was indicted June 5 on 14 federal counts of extortion and bribery charges.
She was arrested at her Newport home on May 18 after the FBI said it caught her on tape accepting a $6,000 payment from the broker, who hasn't been identified.
Shoffner, a Democrat who was re-elected in 2010, resigned days after her arrest.