The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a federal judge's blocking of the Arizona law allowing police officers greater latitude in questioning subjects that was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer a year ago.

In a 2-1 decision, the northern California panel blocked an appeal. Arizona lawmakers indicated they would continue to appeal, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Obama administration had also sued to overturn the law, which would have required officers "when practicable" to detain people they suspect are in the country illegally and verify their status with federal officials unless doing so would hinder an investigation or emergency medical treatment.

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