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Bare hands can’t be ‘dangerous weapon’

A defendant’s conviction under federal law for assault with a dangerous weapon must be vacated because his assault involved only his bare hands, the 9th Circuit has ruled.

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Assault conviction reversed

Even though the victim of an assault required treatment at a hospital, because his injuries did not cause serious disfigurement his attacker could not be convicted of aggravated assault, the D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled.

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