LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Federal prosecutors argue in court papers that a judge would be wrong to dismiss corruption charges against former Arkansas treasurer Martha Shoffner.
The government on Wednesday filed a response to an earlier motion by Shoffner that asks a judge to throw out 14 bribery and extortion counts, on which she is to be tried starting Monday.
Shoffner is accused of accepting $36,000 to steer state business to a bond dealer. She argued the charges should be tossed because she didn't impact interstate commerce.
Prosecutors replied that the bonds were from a federal agency and that the bond market affects interstate commerce.
Since her initial indictment, prosecutors have added 10 mail fraud counts that accuse Shoffner of misspending $9,800 from her campaign. She makes a court appearance Thursday on those counts.
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