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U.S. attorneys, take heed: Don't make garden-variety crimes into federal cases
U.S. attorneys, take heed: Don't make garden-variety crimes into federal cases

The Supreme Court unanimously agreed this week that federal prosecutors could not use an international chemical weapons treaty to bring a case against a Philadelphia-area woman who tried to poison a romantic rival. The decision was a deserved rebuke for U.S. attorneys, who have a penchant for discovering a federal issue in garden-variety crimes. The ruling set aside the conviction of Carol Anne Bond, an immigrant from Barbados who was convicted of trying to poison her best friend after she learned that the woman had been impregnated by Bond's husband. Bond stole a dangerous chemical from the laboratory where she worked and smeared it on the other woman's doorknobs, car door and...

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