MADISON, Wis. – The roller coaster ride that is Wisconsin’s politically charged John Doe investigation – and all of the litigation it has inspired – took another wild turn Wednesday evening.

One day after federal Judge Rudolph Randa shut down the nearly three-year probe and ordered prosecutors to “permanently destroy all copies of information and other materials obtained through the investigation,” the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals stayed the judge’s preliminary injunction.

The three-member panel also stopped Randa’s “return-and-destroy” portions of the injunction order.