Recently, the Supreme Court issued a decision n which the facts of the case could be used for the screenplay for a v. bond  In a small Philadelphia suburb, a husband and wife were experiencing marital difficulties.  Apparently the husband  thought it was acceptable to get his mistress pregnant.  The wife, thought otherwise.  In fact, the husband’s girlfriend was her good friend.  While she was happy to hear that her good friend was pregnant, she vowed revenge when she learned the baby’s father was her husband.  Instead of filing for a divorce, the wife, being a laboratory technician, mixed up a concoction of toxic chemicals and smeared them on the Husband’s pregnant girlfriend’s car door handle.  She ordered some of the chemicals through the internet.  The woman who burned her thumb, contacted local police and advised them that Mrs. Bond had tried to poison her.  It was learned that Mrs. Bond had applied the poison on 24 different occasions and placed the chemicals on the woman’s home door knob and mailbox as well.

When the local police ignored her complaints, the pregnant friend contacted the federal authorities and advised them of Mrs. Bond’s actions.  In a bold and surprising move, the prosecutors charged Mrs. Bond with violating the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act, a federal anti-terrorism law.  Mrs. Bond plead guilty to two counts of possessing and using a chemical weapon and two counts of mail theft.  She spent nearly 6 years in prison before the Supreme Court finally heard her case.  Several years were spent filing appeals resulting in her case being heard before the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Roberts overturned her conviction, criticizing the prosecutors for being over zealous and overreacting by charging her under the federal anti-terrorism law.   If she had been charged locally, she would have, at most, been incarcerated for 2 years.  Moral of the story – think twice before engaging in acts of vengeance and physical violence.   Getting divorced or learning that your spouse is cheating on you is emotionally upsetting.  Speak in confidence with a divorce attorney about what your legal options are.