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7:47 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Former Arkansas Treasurer Seeks Delay In Bribery Trial

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

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.