Oct 18, 2012 6:32 AM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - An appeals court has dismissed an appeal by opponents of Arizona's immigration law that was aimed at thwarting a U.S. Supreme Court ruling over the statute's most contentious section.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal by a coalition of civil rights groups that are challenging the law and last week sought to dismiss its appeal.
The appeal sought to bar enforcement of the law's requirement that police, while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally.
The court has since denied the request.
The coalition's lawyers say the dismissal was needed because it would be quicker to continue challenging the questioning requirement in a lower court rather than tying up the case for months in the appeals court.