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story.lead_photo.caption Former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner leaves federal court Friday afternoon with her attorney Chuck Banks (left) after a judge rejected her plea agreement. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

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.

Plea deal rejected, Shoffner to stand trial

Former Arkansas state treasurer Martha Shoffner's guilty plea on extortion charges was rejected by Judge J. Leon Holmes in a Friday afternoon hearing in federal court in Little Rock. The case will now presumably go to trial. (By David Harten)
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Front Section, Pages 1 on 06/01/2013

Print Headline: Shoffner hesitant; plea deal founders

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  • drs01
    June 1, 2013 at 8:23 a.m.

    Martha is sick or stupid. If she takes this to trial the people of Arkansas will punish her severely. We need to provide another example of what happens to politicians who betray the public trust. Martha, it's your day.