The courts are currently grappling – and hard and seriously — with the question of whether the always-overreaching federal government can prosecute a woman who (allegedly) tried to poison her former best friend (fbf) after the fbf got knocked up by the woman’s husband. (Not sure if we’re still allowed to say “knocked up.”)
Even a major 10th Amendment obsessive like me didn’t see this one coming.
This is not a joke. The U.S. Supreme Court has taken the case and it will presumably lead to the latest refinement in the true meaning of the 10th as regarding what kind of crimes can be federalized and the question of whether an individual can sue for an alleged violation of states’ rights or whether a state has to do it.
Legal columnist Adam Liptak of the New York Times explains it all here.