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Supreme Court hears soap opera story of interest to the tea party

"If Chemical Ali wanders into your district, this is your statute," Clement said, referring to Ali Hassan al-Majid, the executed Iraqi war criminal.

"But it's not for a domestic case in Bucks County."

24 poisoning attempts

News that her best friend was carrying her husband's child was too much for Carol Anne Bond, who was unable to conceive. It also brought back painful memories of her father's infidelities, according to her attorneys, which had caused Bond's mother to leave her father and move the family from Barbados to the United States.

Bond's emotional breakdown caused her to lose her hair and suffer panic attacks. But her enmity appears to have been directed mostly at Haynes, a fellow island immigrant who lived nearby in the Philadelphia suburbs. (Carol and Clifford Bond remain married, according to one of her lawyers, despite her incarceration in federal prison in West Virginia.)

The first phase of her campaign included slashing photos and placing phone calls to Haynes with threats such as "I [am] going to make your life a living hell" and "Dead people will visit you," according to court documents.

Bond was convicted in 2005 and fined on a minor state charge of harassment.

She was undeterred. From November 2006 through June 2007, she tried to poison Haynes on 24 occasions. Bond stole an arsenic-based chemical - 10-chloro-10H-phenoxarsine - from her employer, a chemical manufacturer. She went online and ordered potassium dichromate, a corrosive chemical than can destroy human tissue.

While her attorneys say there is no evidence that Bond ever meant to kill Haynes or her infant daughter, less than a teaspoon of either chemical ingested can be lethal.

Bond spread the substances on surfaces that Haynes was sure to touch, such as her front door, car door and mailbox. Fortunately for Haynes, the chemicals were clearly visible, and she suffered only a burn on her thumb.

Haynes called local law enforcement more than a dozen times when she discovered the chemicals, but officers were unimpressed. One told her that the substance might be cocaine and that she should clean the surfaces regularly.

Frustrated, Haynes told her letter carrier. He informed postal inspectors, who shot video of Bond spreading the chemicals and took the case to federal prosecutors.

Bond, 40, pleaded guilty to four counts of violating the domestic statutes required to enforce the chemical arms treaty.

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