The 10th Amendent

By Alexis Lopez


The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people.

Court Case: Bond V. United States

The husband of Carol A. Bond of Lansdale, Pennsylvania impregnated Myrlinda Haynes and Ms. Bond told Haynes, "I am going to make your life a living hell." Federal postal inspectors videotaped Ms. Bond stealing mail and putting poison in the muffler of Haynes's car. Bond was indicted for stealing mail and for violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act of 1998. Her appeal argued that applying the chemical weapons treaty to her violated the Tenth Amendment. The Court of Appeals found Bond lacked standing to make a Tenth Amendment claim.


In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court found that Bond had standing to argue that a federal statute enforcing the Chemical Weapons Convention in this instance intruded on areas of police power reserved to the states. Justice Kennedy reasoned that actions exceeding the federal government's enumerated powers undermine the sovereign interests of the states. Individuals seeking to challenge such actions are subject to Article III and prudential standing rules, but if the litigant is a party to an otherwise justifiable case or controversy, that litigant is not forbidden to object that her injury results from disregard of the federal structure of American government. The Court expressed no view on the merits of Bond's challenge to the federal statute and remanded the case to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Banned! Large Animals

On July 26, 2014 the state of Kentucky banned the adoption of animals that were over 175 pounds. Many people were outraged at the news. Animals were stolen from over 3,000 pet stores and were given steroids to exceed the 175 weight limit. They protested that it was against the 10th amendment to violate there rules of animal adoption. The leader of the rebellion, Bill Hackey, eventually went to court on August 7. He won the argument, but sadly was jailed for selling and giving illegal steroids to animals.



Court Case and Picture citations:

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"Smiles Just For You." Smiley Faces. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2014