Newspaper (AP)-A federal judge stated that the execution of the only woman on a federal death row illegally rescheduled by the Department of Justice may establish the execution of the plan after President-elect Biden of the Trump administration takes office.
U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss also revoked the order of the Director of the Prison Service, which has set Lisa Montgomery’s death sentence on January 12. , This month, after Moss’s lawyer issued a coronavirus visit to his client and asked him to extend the time for submitting a leniency application, Moss delayed the execution of the death sentence.
Moss prohibited the prison administration from executing Lisa Montgomery’s death sentence before the end of the year, and officials rescheduled the execution date to January 1
Moss wrote: “Therefore, the court concluded that during the suspension of execution by the court, the Director’s order to set a new execution date was’illegal’.”
A spokesperson for the Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the order, the Bureau of Prisons must reschedule Montgomery’s death sentence at least before January 1. Normally, according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Justice, death row inmates must be notified at least 20 days in advance. Due to the judge’s order, if the Justice Department chooses to reschedule the January date, it may mean that the death penalty will be carried out after Biden’s January 20 inauguration.
A Biden spokesperson told the Associated Press that the president-elect “opposes the death penalty, now and in the future” and will work as the president ends its use in the office. But Biden’s representatives did not say whether the executions would be suspended immediately after Biden took office.
Montgomery was convicted of killing 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett in Skidmore, Northwest Missouri in December 2004. She strangled Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, with a rope, and then cut off the baby girl with a kitchen knife. The authorities said the womb.
The prosecutor said Montgomery removed the baby from Steinnet, held the child together, and tried to treat the girl as his own. Montgomery’s legal team believes that their client suffers from a serious mental illness.
“In view of the severity of Mrs. Montgomery’s mental illness, the sexual and physical torture she suffered throughout her life, and the connection between her trauma and the facts of the crime, we call on President Trump to show mercy and reduce her sentence to Sander, a lawyer in Montgomery Sandra Babcock said in a statement.
Two other federal prisoners were scheduled to be executed in January, but they tested positive for the coronavirus and their lawyers are also seeking to postpone the execution.
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