Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Supreme Court Soap Opera

There's a pretty crazy case being heard in the Supreme Court today. After learning that her best friend was pregnant with her husband's baby, Carol Anne Bond attempted to poison her friend on 24 occasions with a blend of toxic chemicals. Bond was eventually caught and prosecuted by the federal government under an international chemical-weapons treaty normally used for prosecuting terrorists. Bond's lawyers are arguing that by prosecuting her, the federal government violated the 10th amendment (any power not delegated to the federal government is reserved for to the states or the people). However, the appeals court ruled that only states can bring challenges under the 10th amendment. The justices will decide whether an individual can sue the federal government for trespassing in areas normally reserved for the states.

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