Judge Delays Second Trial for Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner

Mar 27, 2014

Martha Shoffner leaving court earlier this month after her conviction on bribery and extortion charges.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A federal judge is delaying until December the trial of former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner on charges that she used campaign funds for clothing, cosmetics and other personal items.

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes on Thursday granted Shoffner's motion to continue her trial on 10 counts of mail fraud, which had originally been scheduled for March 31. The trial is now set to begin Dec. 1.

Shoffner was convicted earlier this month on 14 bribery and extortion counts, with a jury ruling she illegally steered state investments to a bond broker who gave her $36,000 in cash.

Shoffner has asked Holmes to acquit her, saying prosecutors never proved she broke federal laws.

Shoffner, a Democrat, resigned last year. She has pleaded not guilty to the pending mail fraud charges.