3 judges to hear appeal of Hawaii ruling blocking travel ban
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Treasury Department in Washington, Friday, April 21, 2017, where he signed an executive order to review tax regulations set last year by his predecessor, as well as two memos to potentially reconsider major elements of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reforms passed in the wake of the Great Recession. (AP / Susan Walsh)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, April 21, 2017 8:39PM EDT
HONOLULU - A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court will hear arguments in an appeal of a Hawaii federal judge's ruling blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied a request by Hawaii attorneys asking that a panel of 11 judges hear the case next month.
Appeals are typically heard first by a three-judge panel before they are possibly examined by the larger panel.
The Trump administration is appealing U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson's ruling blocking the government from suspending new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and halting the U.S. refugee program.
The three judges will be announced the week before the May 15 hearing.
The full 15-judge panel of another appeals court will hear a similar case next month.