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U.S. high court to hear cases over spurned lover, Allen Stanford

* Four new cases accepted for review * Cases address chemical weapons law, Stanford Ponzi case By Jonathan Stempel Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear four new cases, addressing matters as diverse as the reach of a law designed to combat chemical weapons, and whether lawyers could be sued for having once represented convicted swindler Allen Stanford.

UPDATE 3-US top court to weigh weapons law in spurned lover case

By Jonathan Stempel and Terry Baynes Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a new appeal by a woman convicted under a federal law intended to combat chemical weapons in a case where she admitted trying to poison a former friend who had an affair with her husband. At the center of the case is a 1998 U.S. law banning the use of chemical weapons other than for a "peaceful purpose."
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