Federal Government Executes First Woman Since 1953

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The federal government executed Lisa Montgomery after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute appeal from her attorney who argued she should be given a competency hearing to prove her severe mental illness, which would have made her ineligible for execution. Earlier in the day, a lower federal court agreed to grant a competency hearing. Montgomery was the first federal female inmate executed in 70 years, and the 11th person executed after the Trump administration began resuming executions after a 17-year hiatus.

Montgomery was sentenced to death for the 2004 murder of a pregnant Missouri woman Bobbie Jo Stinnett, and cutting Stinnett's baby from her womb. She then tried to pass the child off as her own. Her attorneys had argued that before the slaying, Montgomery had endured a life of sexual abuse, torture and neglect at the hands of her caregivers. Her attorneys had pleaded with President Trump to commute her sentence to life without parole, but their pleas went unanswered. Two more executions are scheduled for this week.
 
 
January 22, 2021 - 11:00am

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