The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in the case of a Lansdale woman who is seeking to have her conviction overturned.
40-year-old Carol Anne Bond is serving six years in federal prison for leaving deadly chemicals near her husband’s mistress. Her husband Clifford had a child with Myrlinda Haynes of Norristown while married to Bond. She admitted stealing the chemicals from her employer, while working as a microbiologist at Rohm and Haas in Spring House, and putting them on her rival’s front door handle, in her car’s tailpipe and on her mailbox. Haynes was not injured except for a burn on her thumb. Bond’s lawyer is saying federal prosecutors overreached by using a law intended to deal with terrorists, not an angry wife caught up in a love triangle. He says she would have been given about six months in prison if tried in Montgomery County Court under state law. At issue before the Supreme Court is whether she has the legal standing to challenge the law on the grounds that it violates the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which limits the power of the federal government. The court will probably take several months to hand down a decision.