An appeals court of U.S reversed in the last hours the moratorium on the death penalty issued last week against Lisa Montgomery and on January 12, if carried out, she will be the first woman to face a federal execution in the country since 1953.
Montgomery was convicted of a crime in 2004, in which she murdered a pregnant woman and took her 8-month-old baby from her womb., and after a postponement of his execution, the justice finally authorized that it be carried out on January 12, eight days before the assumption of Joe Biden as president.
Montgomery’s attorney, Meaghan VerGow, announced that she intends to appeal in full the decision of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia and insisted that the woman, the only one sentenced to death in the United States, suffers from a serious mental disorder after years of being the victim of abuse by her parents.
“Given everything we know about Lisa Montgomery, her mental illness, and the life of horrible trauma she endured, we don’t see a logical reason for her execution.”VerGow said in a statement asking the president, Donald Trump, for a clemency order, the CNN news network reported.
The United States resumed executions at the federal level, independent of those carried out in each state, last July by order of the country’s attorney general, William Barr, after a moratorium of 16 years.
Before Trump took office,
only three federal executions had been carried out in this period; the same ones that remain to be fulfilled until January 20, date of the presidential replacement.
All were held under Republican President George W. Bush, and included inmate Timothy McVeigh, convicted of a bomb attack on a federal building in Oklahoma City.
Montgomery was scheduled to be executed in Terre Haute, Indiana, on December 8, but a stay was imposed after her lawyers contracted coronavirus. while visiting her in prison.
On December 26,
Judge Randolph Moss overturned a Federal Bureau of Prisons order rescheduling his death for January 12, when ruling in favor of a request from the Montgomery defense that said that a date could not be set while there was a suspension.
But a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that the trial judge mistakenly delayed the date. and reestablished execution.
If carried out, Montgomery would be
the first woman to receive the death penalty since Bonnie Brown Heady, convicted of kidnapping and murder and executed on December 18, 1953, as recorded by the Bureau of Prisons.