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Court dubious in poisoning case that cites treaty

WASHINGTON — A love triangle that ended with a woman poisoning her pregnant rival spawned a debate over chemical weapons at the Supreme Court Tuesday, with justices left trying to make sense of how a jealous wife ended up being prosecuted for violating an international chemical weapons treaty.

Carol Anne Bond of Lansdale, Pa., is challenging her conviction, saying that the federal government’s decision to charge her using a chemical weapons law was unconstitutional.

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Bond, unable to carry children of her own, was excited when her best friend, Myrlina Haynes, announced her pregnancy. But Bond later found out her husband of more than 14 years, Clifford Bond, was the father.

Bond, a laboratory technician, stole the chemical 10-chloro-10H phenoxarsine from the company where she worked and purchased
potassium dichromate on
Amazon.com. Both can be deadly if ingested. Bond combined and spread the chemicals on Haynes’s door handle and in the tailpipe of her car.

A federal grand jury indicted her on two counts of possessing and using a chemical weapon, applying a federal antiterrorism law.

Two justices were critical of government prosecutors for choosing even to prosecute Bond using the chemical weapons law.

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