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Shoffner hesitant; plea deal founders

Former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner appeared in federal court Friday to plead guilty to a federal extortion charge, but as a packed courtroom watched, she refused to admit that she had any criminal intent when she accepted $36,000 from a bond broker whose business with her office skyrocketed during the same period.

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