PHOENIX — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s request for a jury trial in his criminal case that ultimately ended with President Donald Trump pardoning the lawman.

The nation’s highest court rejected Arpaio’s petition on Monday.

Before his criminal trial this summer, Arpaio unsuccessfully sought a jury trial.

His attorneys believe Arpaio would have fared better before a jury.

Instead, the case was decided by a judge found him guilty of contempt of court for intentionally disobeying a court order in an immigration case.

The lawman kept pursuing the request after he was convicted.

Arpaio attorney Jack Wilenchik says it would have been difficult for the Supreme Court to take up the case at this point, given that the pardon is ending the lawman’s criminal case.