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Shoffner's lawyers continue push for acquittal

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 7, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Lawyers for former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner say prosecutors failed to show Shoffner was paid with any business funds as her legal team continues pushing for her acquittal on 14 bribery and extortion charges.

Shoffner's attorneys on Monday again asked U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes to acquit Shoffner, who was convicted last month of steering state investments to a broker who gave her $36,000 in cash. Prosecutors last week argued that they had proven Shoffner's conduct affected interstate commerce, so the conviction should stand.

Shoffner's attorneys said the ex-treasurer's actions didn't affect interstate commerce because the money she accepted from broker Steele Stephens were his personal funds, not from his firm.

Shoffner, a Democrat, resigned last year after she was arrested by the FBI.

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FarmBoy says... April 7, 2014 at 12:48 p.m.

She needs to serve some time. But will probably be let out and not spend any time . The broker needs to pay back the 2.3 million back and spend some time also.

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GiveUsLiberty says... April 7, 2014 at 1:47 p.m.

If our laws are to mean anything, Martha Shoffner MUST SERVE PRISON TIME for her actions. If there is no penalty, what is to stop other public servants from screwing the citizens?

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JIMBOB47 says... April 7, 2014 at 3:07 p.m.

Look east, GiveUsLiberty! Our public servants in D.C. have been screwing citizens for years

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RBBrittain says... April 7, 2014 at 3:53 p.m.

This is just her lawyers grasping at straws, folks. There's no reason to believe the judge won't deny the request; it's well-settled law that buying & selling of nationally-traded securities is sufficient interstate commerce to sustain a Federal conviction.

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Firefighter says... April 7, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

Can anyone explain to me why some people judged guilty and sentenced are immediately carted off to jail in handcuffs while some walk around free for years while their lawyers appeal, appeal, and appeal!

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LevyRat says... April 7, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.

Just because a lawyer says it, doesn't make it so .... this old TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CROOK is going to jail!!!

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scanlady says... April 8, 2014 at 3:10 a.m.

Farmboy I'm sure he would gladly do that if the state gave back the 26 million he made them!

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