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9th Circuit Court Denies Joe Arpaio's Appeal For Jury Trial
Federal Judge Susan Bolton has repeatedly denied former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s requests for a jury trial in United States v. Arpaio.
Arpaio is being tried for criminal contempt for ignoring a 2011 court order to cease his immigration enforcement patrols.
Department of Justice attorneys argued that Arpaio would attempt to politicize a jury trial.
Arpaio’s new attorneys appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, saying Bolton erroneously rejected previous requests for a jury trial and attempted to make a new case.
On Friday, the 9th Circuit denied the appeal, saying the petitioner had not demonstrated that the case warrants the intervention from the higher court.
A bench trial is still set to begin June 26. Arpaio faces up to six months in jail.