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Revenge Scheme Reaches Supreme Court

Betrayal, infidelity, threats, revenge and intrigue are themes that catch our attention. It’s makes for bad television plots and light summer reading. But, toss in the question: Can citizens challenge the 10th Amendment which limits federal power? NOW, you’ve got lawyers paying attention.

This particular case involves a Philadelphia woman, Carol A. Bond, who attempted to poison her best friend, Myrlinda Haynes, after learning her husband had impregnated Haynes. Bond used her microbiologist credentials to obtain a highly toxic powdery substance (10-chloro-10H-phenoxarsine) and covered Haynes’s mailbox, car door handles and car muffler two dozen times. Get the details here.

Bond was indicted for stealing mail, and for violating the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993, a treaty usually aimed at terrorists. What would have been a six months jail sentence from the Montgomery County Court, became a six year prison sentence (with a sentencing enhancement since Bond was a trained scientist) when she pleaded guilty in a federal court.

Bond’s attorney, Robert Goldman, says this case should be handled on the state level. A panel of federal appeals court judges unanimously agreed, but said that only states, not individuals, have the ability to make challenges under the auspices of the 10th amendment.

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