Prosecutors want a judge to decide whether Sheriff Joe Arpaio should be convicted of a criminal contempt-of-court charge for disobeying a court order in a racial profiling case.
The U.S. Justice Department asked U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton in a filing Thursday to hold a bench trial rather than let a jury decide Arpaio's misdemeanor case.
Arpaio's attorney said two months ago that his client would seek a jury trial and explained that he believes he should be judged by his peers.
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The sheriff faces the charge for prolonging his immigration patrols for 17 months after a judge ordered them stopped.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
He acknowledged the contempt violation but has said it wasn't intentional.
His trial is set for April 4.
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