Court: Woman Can Challenge Use of Terrorism Law

June 16, 2011 - 11:14 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a jilted woman can challenge the use of an anti-terrorism law to prosecute her for trying to harm her husband's mistress with deadly chemicals.

The high court on Thursday overturned a lower court decision dealing with the prosecution of Carol Anne Bond of Lansdale, Pa. She was sentenced to six years in prison after admitting trying to harm her romantic rival with toxic chemicals. The lab technician said she put the chemicals on her rival's door handle and in the tailpipe of her car. The victim was not injured.

Bond's lawyers say the 1999 chemical-weapon law was intended to deal with rogue states and terrorists, not a woman in a love triangle.

The high court agreed, unanimously overturning the decision of the federal appeals court.