Tagged: martha shoffner

Judge Rules Martha Shoffner Corruption Conviction Will Stand

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 4/15/2014 05:05 pm

A federal judge has upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas' former treasurer, rejecting her request to have the case heard by state authorities. U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes said he had no authority to set aside the jury's verdict simply because the case might have been better suited for state courts.

Judge Denies Martha Shoffner's Request for Attorney

by Associated Press 4/11/2014 02:51 pm

A federal judge has turned down a request by former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner for him to appoint her hand-picked lawyer to represent her in her appeal of her corruption convictions.

Lawyers for Martha Shoffner Continue Pushing for Acquittal

by Associated Press 4/7/2014 10:40 am

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.

Judge Delays Martha Shoffner's 2nd Trial

by Associated Press 3/27/2014 11:40 am

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.

Martha Shoffner's Finances 'Exhausted,' Asks for Legal Help

by Associated Press 3/25/2014 02:37 pm

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner is asking a federal judge to declare her unable to pay for legal representation and to appoint counsel for her.

Martha Shoffner Seeks Acquittal on Federal Charges

by Associated Press 3/21/2014 12:06 pm

Lawyers for former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner have asked a federal judge to acquit her on bribery and extortion charges, saying prosecutors didn't prove the case against her.

You're Not the Boss of Me (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/17/2014 12:00 am

It does seem to me that having leadership skills is one of those areas in which women still have to be better than men in order to be recognized, because men can still get away with demanding followership without immediately being written off as bossy.

Jurors Deliberate in Martha Shoffner Corruption Case

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/11/2014 04:34 pm

Prosecutors and defense lawyers agreed Tuesday that a former Arkansas treasurer shouldn't have accepted $36,000 from a bond dealer who did business with the state but differed on whether she committed a federal crime.

Securities Department Goes After Firm That Did Business With Martha Shoffner's Office

by Gwen Moritz 3/11/2014 09:06 am

Robert Keenan, CEO of St. Bernard Financial Services, says the state Securities Department is retaliating for an ethics complaint he filed against Heath Abshure, although he was given notice of the department's plans before he filed the complaint.

Steele Stephens: Martha Shoffner Took $6K at Arkansas Capitol

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/7/2014 11:33 am

A broker who handled a large share of Arkansas' bond business says he gave the state's former treasurer $6,000 at her Capitol office because she needed help through a rough patch in her life.

Witnesses Portray Martha Shoffner As Cranky, Demanding

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/7/2014 08:30 am

Federal prosecutors drew testimony Thursday from current and former Arkansas treasurer's office employees about how the state missed profit opportunities by selling bonds early and angry outbursts by former Treasurer Martha Shoffner, who is accused of illegally accepting $36,000 from a bond dealer.

Government Starts Presenting Case Against Martha Shoffner

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/6/2014 08:26 am

Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented starkly different interpretations Wednesday of what it meant that former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner accepted $36,000 from a bond dealer who did a disproportionate amount of business with the state.

Update: Martha Shoffner to Start Trial Tuesday on 14 Corruption Counts

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 3/3/2014 05:50 am

Former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner heads to federal court this week on charges she took $36,000 from a bond broker who did business with the state.

Martha Shoffner Pleads Not Guilty to New Mail Fraud Counts

by Gwen Moritz 2/27/2014 10:37 am

Former State Treasurer Martha Shoffner pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to 10 counts of mail fraud, charges that were added earlier this month to a pending indictment for bribery and extortion.

Judge Excludes Some Evidence From Martha Shoffner Trial

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 2/20/2014 10:54 am

A federal judge on Wednesday granted a request by former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner to exclude some evidence in her corruption trial next month.

Misused Campaign Cash, 'Drop Phone' Among Government's Evidence Against Martha Shoffner

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 2/18/2014 07:11 am

Federal prosecutors filed court papers Monday seeking permission to introduce evidence at the bribery and extortion trial of former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner that would show the steps she took when allegedly accepting more than $36,000 from a bond broker.

Update: Martha Shoffner Indicted On 10 Counts of Mail Fraud

by Lance Turner and Gwen Moritz 2/7/2014 03:08 pm

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner, already awaiting trial on the bribery and extortion charges that prompted her resignation last year, was indicted Thursday on 10 counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleges that Shoffner used $9,800 in campaign funds from her treasurer re-election campaign for personal expenses, including clothing and cosmetics.

Shine Light on Private Attorney Contracting (Tiger Joyce Commentary)

by Tiger Joyce 10/28/2013 12:00 am

In a perfect world, politicians' devotion to the public interest would always trump their self-interest. But we don't live in a perfect world.

Book On Out of There (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/26/2013 12:00 am

Campaign finance laws can seem arcane and unnecessarily complex, but the concept is not unique to politicians. Fiduciaries, brokers, agents, trustees, attorneys — even borrowers — are also entrusted with other people's money for limited and specific purposes. Campaign contributions do not, and should not, become personal income to provide public servants with more comfortable standards of living than they have otherwise earned.

Nine Lives, All Used Up (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 8/5/2013 12:00 am

Brandon Barber's story is a sad one: A supercharged business career fueled by pride, family connections and bank fraud that flamed out before he was 35. Gambling debts, hot checks, DWIs, divorce, bankruptcy. It would make a dandy Greek tragedy if the protagonist had shown more potential for true greatness, rather than reckless opportunism, in the first place.