Lawyers have concluded closing arguments at the contempt of court trial of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio involving a court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton didn't make a decision Thursday over whether Arpaio was guilty of the misdemeanor count for prolonging his patrols for 17 months after a judge ordered him to halt the tactic.
Bolton ordered attorneys to submit legal briefs and will deliver a verdict at an unknown point in the future.
Prosecutors say Arpaio continued his patrols to keep his name in the news and raise campaign money during a tough re-election year.
Arpaio's attorney blamed sheriff's employees and a lawyer who once defended the sheriff in a racial-profiling case for not following the order to stop the patrols.