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Supreme Court Accepts Case Involving Romantic Rivalry and the 10th Amendment

Posted Oct 12, 2010 11:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A woman accused of trying to poison a romantic rival claims her federal prosecution is barred by the 10th Amendment in a case accepted today by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Carol Anne Bond of Lansdale, Pa., was prosecuted under a federal law intended to enforce a global treaty to prevent nations from spreading the use of chemical weapons, SCOTUSblog reports. She is accused of stealing a dangerous chemical from the company where she worked as a lab technician and putting it on the door handle and car tailpipe of the woman who had an affair with her husband, the Associated Press reports.

Bond claims the dispute is local in nature and she should have been prosecuted under state law. The issue in the case is whether a private person can sue to enforce the Tenth Amendment’s protection of state sovereignty, SCOTUSblog says.

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