A defense lawyer for a woman convicted of trying to harm a romantic rival said his client was wrongly prosecuted under a chemical-weapon law aimed at terrorists, not housewives.

Lawyer Robert Goldman argued his appeal Monday of the six-year sentence being served by Carol Anne Bond of Lansdale.

The former Rohm & Haas laboratory technician admitted she left deadly chemicals on the victim's front door handle and in her car's tail pipe. The victim — her husband's one-time mistress — was not injured.

Goldman told the federal appeals court that the statute is flawed and was also misapplied to Bond's case.

U.S. prosecutors said the crime is appropriately a federal concern.

The judges did not indicate when they will rule.