DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors are expected to appeal the dismissal of charges against several Detroit-area doctors.

Federal prosecutors say they’ll ask an appeals court to reinstate genital mutilation charges thrown out by a Detroit federal judge.

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They disclosed their intent to appeal in a court filing Wednesday. Judge Bernard Friedman last month said a federal law that bans female genital mutilation was unconstitutional because Congress didn’t have power to regulate it.

Friedman said Congress “overstepped its bounds.”

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Eight people were charged in the case. The government accused Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of performing genital mutilation on nine girls at a suburban Detroit clinic. She denies any crime and says she performed a religious custom on girls from her Muslim sect.

The girls were from Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. There still are some other charges in the case.

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