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US appeals panel kicks back checkpoint protest issue

FILE - In this May 27, 2015, file photo, two protesters carry a large banner as they walk toward a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on a two-lane road in Amado, Ariz., about 20 miles north of the Mexican border. The U.S. Circuit of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit says it lacked the information necessary to decide if a U.S. Border Patrol enforcement zone around a highway checkpoint in southern Arizona was a nonpublic forum as argued by the District Court in Arizona in a case that arose from roadside protests. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — It’s up to the federal government that barred protesters from an enforcement zone around an Arizona immigration checkpoint to prove it constitutes a non-public forum, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said in a ruling Tuesday that could have broader implications for other demonstrations.

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