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The execution date for Lisa Montgomery on federal death row is reinstated. She’s now scheduled to be executed just before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
The federal government, continuing its string of executions this year, has set the dates for two more, including the first woman in more than six decades.
She is 52 years old.
Lisa Montgomery Execution Date
A group of three judges on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a lower court judge was wrong when he vacated an execution date for Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, reinstating her execution date later this month.
She’s now scheduled to be executed just before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to abolish the federal death penalty.
Montgomery’s execution had been scheduled for December 8, but a judge postponed it after her attorneys said they were diagnosed with Covid-19 after flying from Texas to visit with Montgomery at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.
On November 23, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Michael Carvajal, rescheduled Montgomery’s execution for January 12. Friday’s order said he was acting under the “governing regulation,” which allowed him to reschedule the execution because the original execution date had not passed. The order said he was acting under the law, clearing the way for Montgomery’s execution later this month.
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Montgomery’s attorney, Meaghan VerGow, said in a statement that she disagrees with the judges and is going to file a petition for them to reconsider their decision. The judges gave VerGow until Saturday to file.
“The federal government must be required to follow the law in setting any execution date, as the district court correctly held … Given everything we know about Lisa Montgomery’s mental illness, her lifetime of horrific torture and trauma, and the many people in positions of authority who could have intervened to save her but never did, there can be no principled reason to carry out her execution,” VerGow said. “The government should stop its relentless efforts to end her life.”
VerGow has asked for President Donald Trump to commute Montgomery’s sentence to life without the possibility of parole.