Supreme court to rule on the mailbox poison case

February 24th, 2011 - 1:39 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, Feb 23 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of whether chemical weapons charges could be used against a US national.

Carol Anne Bond is accused of using deadly chemical in a bid to harm another woman that was having affair with her husband. The other woman, Myrlinda Haynes, got pregnant with the husband of Bond and when she realized, she tried to harm her. Bond used her knowledge as a microbiologist at Rohm & Haas Co. to smuggle home 10-chloro-10H-phenoxasine.

She also got potassium dichromate from a photocopy operator and started sprinkling the chemicals on door handles, car handles and mailbox that belonged to Myrlinda. Though this went on for a long time, it failed to significantly harm Myrlinda.

When she realized that she has burns, Myrlinda got suspicious and reported to the police. She failed to get any reasonable response from the police. It was the US Postal Service who installed surveillance camera that caught Bond sprinkling the chemicals on the items.

She was subsequently arrested and arraigned before court where she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 6 years behind bars for the crimes.

Her lawyer wants the Supreme Court to rule that her client should be charged with less offence of domestic dispute.

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