Shoffner had asked U.S. District Judge J. Leon Holmes to appoint one of her lawyers, J. Grant Ballard of the Banks Law Firm, as a government-paid defender.
The judge denied the request saying the court does not appoint counsel that the defendant had already hired after the defendant's funds are exhausted.
Shoffner says she has run out of money for her defense.
She was convicted last month of bribery and extortion.
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