Carole Bond was furious when she discovered that her husband had impregnated her best friend, Myrlinda Hanes. Bond ordered poisonous chemicals through Amazon.com and smeared them on Hanes’s car door handle, mailbox and front doorknob. Hanes suffered a minor hand burn.
This may seem like a small — albeit salacious — case of battery, one to be handled by local prosecutors, applying state and local criminal laws.
That, however, is not how the U.S. government saw it. Federal prosecutors stepped in to prosecute Bond for violating a 1998 international weapons treaty.
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