The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the poison mailbox case. The curious story of how Carol Anne Bond allegedly poisoned her husband′s girlfriend, Myrlinda Haynes. According to court documents, Carol became outraged when she learned that her husband, Clifford Bond, was responsible for Haynes being pregnant. So why is our nation′s highest court involved in this case of love and poison? The 10th Amendment! Because Mrs. Bond stole and used dangerous, toxic chemicals, she was tried using anti-terrorism laws and got a six year sentence. But was this an act of terrorism or merely just a crime of passion?
In 2006, Carol Anne Bond, a technician at a microbiology lab from Lansdale, PA, was happy to hear that her best friend and coworker, Myrlinda Haynes was pregnant. But that joy soon turned to jealous rage as Bond discovered that her husband of 14 years was the father. Carol Anne allegedly stole potassium dichromate and then spread the toxin some 24 times on surfaces which Miss Haynes would come in contact with, such as door handles and a mailbox. Haynes suffered a burn on one thumb as a result and notified authorities. Postal inspectors began a surveillance and caught Mrs. Bond reapplying the chemical.
She was arrested and charged under Federal terrorism law for using a chemical weapon. Bond′s lawyer argued that the case was one of assault and domestic violence, with a maximum sentence of 24 months under state law. Carol Anne Bond was convicted under the Federal law and sentenced to six years.
Attorney Paul Clement will argue before the United States Supreme Court that the poison mailbox case is not one which is covered under the Chemical Weapons Convention and thus Federal anti-terrorism laws. That the 10th Amendment prohibits the use of such a law in what is more properly a domestic dispute case. Carol Anne Bond′s victim, Myrlinda Haynes, did conceive her baby, however her lover, Clifford Bond, is still married to Carol Anne.