PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s request for a jury trial in his criminal case that ultimately ended with President Donald Trump pardoning the lawman.
The nation’s highest court rejected Arpaio’s petition on Monday.
Before his criminal trial this summer, Arpaio unsuccessfully sought a jury trial.
His attorneys believe Arpaio would have fared better before a jury.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- Melania Trump dons 'I really don't care, do u?' jacket
- Commentary | What’s behind Melania Trump’s ‘I really don’t care, do u’ jacket?
- Trump to propose reorganizing the government, targeting safety net programs
- Crying Honduran girl on cover of Time was not separated from her mother
- Koko, beloved gorilla who learned to use sign language, has died
Instead, the case was decided by a judge found him guilty of contempt of court for intentionally disobeying a court order in an immigration case.
The lawman kept pursuing the request after he was convicted.
Arpaio attorney Jack Wilenchik says it would have been difficult for the Supreme Court to take up the case at this point, given that the pardon is ending the lawman’s criminal case.