Joe Arpaio contempt of court update: Judge denies request to dismiss case

Posted at 3:17 PM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-11 22:08:49-04

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio has lost a bid to dismiss his criminal contempt-of-court case for ignoring a judge's order to stop his immigration patrols.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Tuesday rejected another request by Arpaio to have a jury, rather than the judge, decide whether he's innocent or guilty.

FULL COVERAGE: Joe Arpaio's contempt case

Bolton concluded the requests were made after a deadline for pretrial filings had passed and noted that she had already rejected an earlier jury-trial request.

In recent weeks, Arpaio has repeatedly tried to delay his April 25 trial and seen two of his attorneys quit the case after citing ethical concerns.

He now has four other lawyers, including two who joined his legal team Monday.

The case is believed to have contributed to Arpaio's election loss in November.