The execution of Lisa Montgomery, the only woman waiting on death row in the United States, was set for January 12. This was established by the judges of the Court of Appeal: a sentence that will be carried out, therefore, nine days before the inauguration of the elected president Joe Biden, who pledged to abolish the federal death penalty. Montgomery’s execution by lethal injection was scheduled for December 8, but a judge postponed her after her attorneys said she contracted Covid-19 following a visit to Montgomery at federal prison. Terre Haute, Indiana. In 2007, Montgomery was sentenced to death for a particularly heinous crime committed in 2004: she strangled a 23-year-old Missouri woman, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, cut her belly with a kitchen knife and pulled her little girl, who survived, with the aim of making believe she was his daughter.
The defense lawyers had asked Donald Trump to turn the woman’s sentence into life imprisonment without the possibility of parole using Montgomery’s insanity: Given the severity of Ms. Montgomery’s mental illness, the sexual and physical torture she suffered for throughout her life and the connection between her trauma and the facts of her crime, we appeal to President Trump to grant her mercy and commute her sentence to life in prison. But yesterday a jury of three judges of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia considered valid for the execution the date set by the prison management, namely that of 12 January.
January 2, 2021 (change January 2, 2021 | 10:14)
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