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An American flag flies in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)
An American flag flies in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)

It sounds like a plot for a movie: A woman tries to poison her best friend after finding out the friend was having an affair with her husband. But it's actually the real-life story of Carol Anne Bond.

Bond was caught and indicted under a federal statute that makes it illegal to use toxic chemicals to harm someone. It's a statute that Congress passed to meet the obligations of the Chemical Weapons Convention — the same document Syria recently was forced to sign.

But can Congress use that treaty to punish personal behavior like that involved in this case? That's the question before the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Legal expert Emily Bazelon joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss that case, as well as the Texas abortion law case and a New York case involving the separation of church and state.

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This segment aired on November 4, 2013.

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