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Arizona court to consider disfigurement issue

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to consider a criminal appeal in which the central issue is whether an assault victim's injuries caused substantial disfigurement.

The Supreme Court agreed without comment Friday to consider both sides' appeals of a Court of Appeals ruling in a Pima County case in which a man cut a woman with a knife.

The ruling upheld two of three counts of aggravated assault, saying the victims' injuries linked to those counts were deep wounds to her hand and leg.

However, it reduced a third count of aggravated assault to assault, ruling that an abdomen wound was small and that there wasn't evidence that it was a "substantial disfigurement."

The Court of Appeals said Arizona's law against aggravated assault doesn't define what constitutes substantial disfigurement.

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