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  • Lisa Montgomery turns into the primary feminine prisoner to be executed in almost seven many years
  • US Supreme Courtroom cleared her execution after overturning keep by eighth US Circuit Courtroom of Appeals
  • Executions had been on pause for 17 years, and solely three males had been executed by since 1963

The US authorities executed convicted assassin Lisa Montgomery, the one lady on federal loss of life row, on Wednesday, after the Supreme Courtroom cleared the final hurdle by overturning a keep.

Montgomery was the primary feminine prisoner to be executed by the US authorities since 1953.

Challenges have been fought throughout a number of federal courts on whether or not to permit the execution of Montgomery, 52, who was put to loss of life by deadly injection of pentobarbital, a robust barbiturate within the Justice Division’s execution chamber at its jail in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The US Supreme Courtroom, with its conservative majority, cleared the way in which for her execution after overturning a keep by the eighth US Circuit Courtroom of Appeals.

Kelley Henry, Montgomery’s lawyer, referred to as 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’ doctors,” Henry mentioned in an announcement.

She was pronounced deceased at 1:31am EST (0631 GMT) on Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons mentioned in an announcement.

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

A few of Stinnett’s kinfolk traveled to witness Montgomery’s execution, the Justice Division mentioned.

Because the execution course of started, requested by a feminine executioner if she had any final phrases, Montgomery responded in a quiet, muffled voice, “No,” in keeping with a reporter who served as a media witness.

Federal executions had been on pause for 17 years, and solely three males had been executed by the federal authorities since 1963 till the observe resumed final yr underneath President Donald Trump, whose outspoken assist for capital punishment lengthy predates his entry into politics.

Montgomery’s legal professionals requested for Trump’s clemency final week, saying she dedicated her crime after a childhood through which she was abused and repeatedly raped by her stepfather and his mates, and so ought to as an alternative face life in jail.

It was certainly one of three executions the US Division of Justice had scheduled for the ultimate full week of Trump’s administration. Two different executions scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been delayed, for now at the very least, by a federal choose in Washington to permit the condemned murderers to get better from COVID-19.

The American Civil Liberties Union and a few liberal lawmakers had beforehand opposed the federal 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 primary of 2021 by the federal authorities and the eleventh since final yr.

In 2020, the US authorities executed 10 individuals, and it was for the primary time that the federal authorities carried out extra executions than all US states mixed, in keeping with a database compiled by the Demise Penalty Info Middle

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