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U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima. (Paul Sakuma/AP, File)

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Appeals court sides with Arizona bank robber
Panel says placing pocket knife on counter not grounds for armed robbery conviction

A man who held up a Tempe bank cannot be convicted of armed robbery simply because he placed a closed pocket knife on the counter while reaching into his pocket for a bag, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.