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Defense to begin in Shoffner case

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Defense attorneys for Martha Shoffner will begin presenting their case to jurors in the former Arkansas treasurer's federal bribery trial.

The prosecution rested its case Monday in federal court in Little Rock. Prosecutors accuse Shoffner of accepting $36,000 from bond broker Steele Stephens in exchange for steering state business his way.

Stephens testified that he received about $2.5 million in commissions from state business with the treasurer's office over four years. He's been granted immunity in exchange for his cooperation with prosecutors.

But defense attorneys argued that Shoffner shouldn't have been charged federally and should have instead faced on state ethics charges for not reporting the cash gifts. The defense is expected to call a handful of witnesses beginning Tuesday morning.

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