Closing arguments scheduled at former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's trial

PHOENIX - Prosecutors and defense attorneys have rested their cases at former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's criminal trial for his disobedience of a court order to stop his traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

The lawyers now are scheduled to make closing arguments on July 6.

The 85-year-old Arpaio is a former six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix.

He faces a misdemeanor contempt-of-court charge for prolonging his immigration patrols for 17 months after a judge in a racial profiling case had ordered them stopped.

Arpaio has acknowledged prolonging the patrols, but insists his disobedience was unintentional. He didn't testify in his own defense.

Prosecutors didn't follow through Thursday on plans to call two people to testify who had been illegally detained when Arpaio prolonged his patrols.

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