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U.S. executes first woman on federal death row in nearly seven decades

By Bhargav Acharya and Kanishka Singh

 

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FILE PHOTO: Convicted murderer Lisa Montgomery pictured at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Fort Worth in an undated photograph. Courtesy of Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery/Handout via REUTERS./File Photo/File Photo

 

(Reuters) - The U.S. government executed convicted murderer Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court cleared the last hurdle by overturning a stay.

 

Montgomery was the first female prisoner to be executed in by the U.S. government since 1953.

 

Challenges were fought across multiple federal courts on whether to allow the execution of Montgomery, 52, who was put to death by lethal injection of pentobarbital, a powerful barbiturate in the Justice Department's execution chamber at its prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

 

The U.S. Supreme Court, with its conservative majority, cleared the way for her execution after overturning a stay by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Kelley Henry, Montgomery's lawyer, called the execution "vicious, unlawful, and unnecessary exercise of authoritarian power."

 

"No one can credibly dispute Mrs. Montgomery's longstanding debilitating mental disease - diagnosed and treated for the first time by the Bureau of Prisons' own doctors," Henry said in a statement.

 

She was pronounced deceased at 1:31 a.m. EST (0631 GMT) on Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said in a statement.

 

Montgomery was convicted in 2007 in Missouri of kidnapping and strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, then eight months pregnant. Montgomery cut Stinnett's fetus from the womb. The child survived.

 

Some of Stinnett's relatives traveled to witness Montgomery's execution, the Justice Department said.

 

As the execution process began, asked by a female executioner if she had any last words, Montgomery responded in a quiet, muffled voice, "No," according to a reporter who served as a media witness.

 

Federal executions had been on pause for 17 years and only three men had been executed by the federal government since 1963 until the practice resumed last year under President Donald Trump, whose outspoken support for capital punishment long predates his entry into politics.

 

Montgomery's lawyers asked for Trump's clemency last week, saying she committed her crime after a childhood in which she was abused and repeatedly raped by her stepfather and his friends, and so should instead face life in prison.

 

It was one of three executions the U.S. Department of Justice had scheduled for the final full week of Trump's administration. Two other executions scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been delayed, for now at least, by a federal judge in Washington, to allow the condemned murderers to recover from COVID-19.

 

The American Civil Liberties Union and some liberal lawmakers had previously opposed the government's plans to execute Montgomery, with ACLU saying her life had been "marred by unthinkable trauma that resulted in documented brain damage and mental illness".

 

Montgomery's execution was the first of 2021 by the federal government and the 11th since last year.

 

In 2020, the U.S. government executed 10 people and it was for the first time ever that the federal government conducted more executions than all U.S. states combined, according to a database compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center.

 

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Of course Lisa Montgomery was mentally unstable, killed an innocent young mother and needed to be locked up probably forever. But read about her heinously cruel upbringing where she was regularly tort

Yes, I know what she did. That's why I said she should be locked up probably forever.   Trump deliberately rushed to approve the execution by the state of Lisa Montgomery knowing that in a w

Why should I care that this horrible human was put to death? 

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14 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Two other executions scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been delayed, for now at least, by a federal judge in Washington, to allow the condemned murderers to recover from COVID-19.

Well, rights and wrongs of capital punishment aside, a bit of a flimsy reason to me, unless they were on ventilators or something, which they're not; it seems there's a "possibility" their poor damaged lungs "might" cause some extra pain.

 

Now, that's all well and good, except that the execution of Mrs. Montgomery, went ahead.

 

So the net result is that a mentally impaired woman is executed whilst two perfectly sane guys get a stay of execution on what appear to be pretty shaky grounds.

 

That's justice for you.

 

 It will seem even more incongruous if they benefit from Joe Biden ending the federal death penalty, as he's promised to do.

 

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2 minutes ago, dexterm said:

 

 

Shame on all those involved.

 

U really are compassionate for what you perceive as the underdog.

 

 

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"Montgomery was convicted in 2007 in Missouri of kidnapping and strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett, then eight months pregnant. Montgomery cut Stinnett's fetus from the womb. The child survived."

 

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Whilst I will reserve judgement on capital punishment (I still believe there are some crimes that deserve it ) the criminal system needs to accept it or reject it outright

It is not fair to anybody that the threat is hung over the prisoner, relatives etc for years, nor the immense cost to the taxpayer of keeping these people alive.

Once decided , if going to execute must be done within 6 months after legal formalities concluded.

After that time "Life Imprisonment without Parole"only & move from "death row"

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4 hours ago, animalmagic said:

The very fact that she strangled an 8 month pregnant woman to death before cutting out the foetus would suggest that she has mental issues in the first place.  From the reported abuse we can only guess at her mental trauma and status and I do not see any necessity to carry out the execution.  I am trying to remember which other political movement executed individuals who were mentally incapacitated??

nobody who murders is right mentally, so that is no excuse nor mitigation.  

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