A judge says she's inclined to decide whether former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is guilty or innocent of a criminal contempt-of-court charge rather than let a jury determine his legal fate.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton didn't make a ruling on Arpaio's request for a jury trial, but says Wednesday that she is leaning toward deciding the case herself.
Arpaio faces the charge for prolonging his signature immigration patrols 17 months after a judge in a racial profiling case had ordered them stopped.
He acknowledged violating the order but insists his actions weren't intentional.
The violation of the order led taxpayer-funded legal costs from the profiling case to rise and is believed to have contributed to Arpaio's defeat in November after 24 years in office.
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