U.S. top court reverses woman's chemical weapons conviction

WASHINGTON, June 2 Mon Jun 2, 2014 10:23am EDT

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WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the federal government wrongly used a chemical weapons law to prosecute a Pennsylvania microbiologist convicted of trying to poison her husband's lover.

On a unanimous vote, the court handed a win to Carol Anne Bond, who admitted to trying to poison her former friend, Myrlinda Haynes, with toxic chemicals she took from work.

The court did not reach a broader question about the power of Congress to enact laws that apply domestically the international treaties the U.S. government has signed. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller)

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