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7:47 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Former Arkansas Treasurer Seeks Delay In Bribery Trial

Martha Shoffner as she left federal court after an initial appearance on June 27.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

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.