A federal appeals court has yesterday cleared the way for the only woman on death row to be executed. And her date has been set for before Joe Biden takes up the position of President.
Appeals court ruling overturns order delaying woman’s execution: The appeals hearing declared that a lower court judge was wrong to vacate the execution order for Lisa Montgomery last week. U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss had set a ruling that the execution date was unfairly re-scheduled. Due to Montgomery’s lawyers having contract COVID-19 therefore making them unable to gather the paperwork needed.
Moss concluded that the under his order the Bureau of Prisons could not even reschedule Montgomery’s execution. Until at least 1st January however the appeals court disagreed with this. Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in December 2004.
She used a rope to strangle Stinnett. Who was eight months pregnant, and then cut the baby girl from the womb with a kitchen knife, authorities said. Montgomery took the child with her and attempted to pass the girl off as her own, prosecutors said. Montgomery’s lawyers have argued that their client suffers from serious mental illnesses. Biden opposes the death penalty and his spokesman, TJ Ducklo, has said he would work to end its use. But Biden has not said whether he will halt federal executions after he takes office on 20th January.
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