Pennsylvania Court Case Could Lead To Changes In The 10th Amendment

02.22.11 | Sarah Harnisch

 The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments today in a case that could change the strength of the 10th Amendment, which limits federal authority.  At issue is whether convicted felon Carol Anne Bond has the right to sue the federal government for trespassing in an area reserved for the states.  The Pennsylvania resident was convicted in 2008 under anti-terrorist statutes meant to enforce an international chemical-weapons treaty.  The conviction came after Bond, a trained microbiologist, tried to poison her pregnant neighbor.  When Haynes warned her letter carrier about poison on the mailbox, the postal service set up video cameras to catch Bond in the act.  They then took the case to federal prosecutors and she was sentenced to 6 years in prison. When bond appealed her conviction, the appeals court ruled that only states can bring challenges under the 10th Amendment to the federal government.