Jacob Sullum on the Chemical Weapons Ban That Threatens To Destroy Federalism

After Carol Anne Bond discovered that her husband
had impregnated her best friend, the Pennsylvania microbiologist
took revenge by spreading toxic chemicals on her ex-friend’s car
door, mailbox, and door knob. The poisonous prank was mostly
ineffectual, inflicting nothing worse than a minor thumb burn.
Senior Editor Jacob Sullum says Bond’s prosecution, the focus of
a case the Supreme Court heard yesterday, could do a lot
more damage. Defending its decision to make a federal case out of
what sounds like fodder for a tabloid talk show, the Justice
Department argues that treaties can give Congress new powers.
Sullum says that theory threatens to destroy the constitutional
division of authority between the states and the national

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from Hit & Run http://reason.com/blog/2013/11/06/jacob-sullum-on-the-chemical-weapons-ban

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