Monday, June 2, 2014
(Washington, DC) -- The Supreme Court is unanimous in saying the federal government was wrong to prosecute a Pennsylvania microbiologist who tried to poison her husband's lover under a chemical weapons law. Carol Anne Bond was sentenced to six years in prison even though her victim suffered only a minor burn to her thumb. Bond admitted to the crime, saying she used toxic chemicals she took from work. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that prosecuting Bond under an international chemical weapons treaty could elevate common items like dish detergent and vinegar to chemical weapons status.