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How the Feds Turned Revenge Against Cheating Husband's Mistress into Act of Terrorism

Supreme Court shows some relevant timing taking on the case of a federal law run amok

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Every law has its thorn

Carol Anne Bond, of Landsdale, Pa., was sentenced to six years in federal prison for burning her husband's mistress' thumb. The Supreme Court today decided to hear her court challenge, which argues that her case should have been handled by local authorities, not the feds.

Why are the feds involved? Because Bond allegedly spread deadly chemicals around her enemy's house. If Bond had just tried to shoot her, she'd be dealing with local attempted murder charges. But her use of chemicals caused Bond to run afoul of federal anti-terrorism laws. The Associated Press describes:

Her argument is that the case should have been dealt with by local authorities, as most crimes are. Instead, a federal grand jury indicted her on two counts of possessing and using a chemical weapon. The charges were based on a federal anti-terrorism law passed to fulfill the United States' international treaty obligations under the 1993 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction.

Now, clearly the intent of the law is not to go after women who engage in Law & Order-ready revenge plots against the pregnant mistresses of their wayward husbands. The feds got involved because the victim called the U.S. Postal Service as her mailbox was also poisoned. Bond was subsequently arrested by postal inspectors.

Reason's Jacob Sullum detailed the case back in 2011. Bond's case has already been before the Supreme Court once just to get permission to appeal, which federal prosecutors fought. Now the Supreme Court decided to hear her actual challenge.

Her case has primarily been approached as a 10th Amendment matter. Reason Contributor Ilya Somin wrote in 2011 that the Bond case was an important example of how federalism is meant to preserve individual liberty and that the 10th Amendment didn't just refer to state's rights.  

It's appropriate, then, to keep tabs on this case in the wake of the angry responses to Aaron Swartz's federal prosecution and his subsequent suicide. The federal government clearly has no legitimate interest in getting involved in Bond's case. So we'll have to see if the current Supreme Court rules that this law overstepped the boundaries between federal and state authority.

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  1. The feds got involved because the victim called the U.S. Postal Service as her mailbox was also poisoned.

    Hell hath no fury like a federal prosecutor with a light resume.

    1. Hell hath no fury like a federal prosecutor bureaucrat with a light resume.

      Not so much a FIFY as my personal observation.

    2. Hell hath no fury

      Damnit.

      1. Hell hath no fury

        and evidently, federal prosecutorial zeal trumps the proverbial scorned woman.

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      1. my buddy’s mother-in-law makes $81/hr on the laptop

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  2. Ah, the new poster children for Reason’s brand of libertarianism: a maladjusted intellectual thief who killed himself rather than face just punishment for his crimes, and a woman who attempted to murder a competitor for her man’s affections.

    1. You do understand the difference between spending 90 days in the lockup (pre-911) and the modern tendency of every crime being federalized, and the obvious and subsequent problems associated with that?

      1. No, he doesn’t.

    2. Prof. Doofus, why don’t you read the legal arguments and the judges reasoning about her appeal. The last appellate decision explicitly chastised the U.S. Atty for making this a federal case.

      The interesting point about Bond is the questions that are raised about Missouri v. Holland and whether the Constitutional power to make treaties allows Congress to enact legislation outside the scope of Article I.

    3. Swartz was not claiming sainthood; even he knew what he was doing wrong and some consequence would follow. But the prosecutor’s 35-year threat? Really? This is the same federal govt that still refers to the Ft Hood shootings as workplace violence.

    4. Because the Supreme Court always takes cases that are unimportant.

  3. No legitimate interest? How can you say that a grandstanding, attention-whore Asst. U.S. Atty has no legitimate interest in furthering her career by prosecuting an over-reaching federal case that turns into a full blown media circus? Raising your profile as a future candidate for elective office is every U.S. Attys legitimate interest.

    Now, if you were talking about justice – that would be an entirely different matter.

  4. Hell hath no fury…

    1. Maybe you should try singing it…

    2. I’m beginning to think that was an obvious joke.

  5. new poster children for Reason’s brand of libertarianism

    My advice? BOYCOTT!

    And hold your breath until you turn blue and fall out of your high chair.

    1. Tulpa is still all butt hurt because Reason didn’t bow down before the Almighty Mitt Romney.

    2. A lot of good posters have followed your advice and left. Hence the echo chamber, aside from strawtrolls like shriek and Tony.

      But that’s letting the forces of evil win, and I refuse to allow that.

      1. But that’s letting the forces of evil win, and I refuse to allow that.

        So you are leaving then?

        1. Tulpa looks in the mirror and practices: I’m Batman.

  6. That whole thing sounds kinda crazy to me dude.

    http://www.anon-elite.tk

  7. This is terrorism and use of chemical weapons? What ever happened to common sense?

    1. That flew right the fuck out of the window when proglodytes and feminazis took over the country.

  8. Damn, that is one crazy woman. She could have just killed them both in their sleep and then cried and claimed PMS or some other lame bullshit and she probably would have walked.

  9. If she really did spread deadly chemicals through her house, she should be lucky to get 6 years.

  10. I want action tonight

    1. Don’t we all, buddy. I’ve been working on this little redhead…

  11. The lesson is not to try to kill people by drowning them, because that’s using overexposure to a chemical to kill people.

    1. Hey, dihydrogen monoxide is no joke!

  12. Federalizing this case was ridiculous.

    A six-year sentence for attempted murder of a pregnant woman sounds even more ridiculous. I assume she copped the plea to avoid attempted murder charges, but still.

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