UNITED STATES.- The only prisoner on death row, Lisa Montgomery, will wait a longer time for her execution, following the ruling of a United States judge who postponed her until January 12.
The magistrate determined that the death penalty is illegal, because his suspension order, requested by his lawyers after contracting Covid-19, was still in force, as published by Vanguard.
Guidelines from the United States Department of Justice state that inmates must be notified of their execution dates at least 20 days in advance, so the new date will likely come after Joe Biden assumes the presidency, on January 20. .
Now the fate of Lisa Montgomery, who was about to become the first woman executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years, could change, as the president-elect pledged to abolish the death penalty.
More than a decade ago, according to the text of Vanguard, the woman was convicted of the murder, in 2004, of a pregnant woman with the purpose of stealing her baby by means of a caesarean section carried out, after the strangulation of the mother.
The event achieved great visibility, to the extent that the United Nations Organization requested clemency for the accused and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights requested the United States to refrain from carrying out the death penalty.
Those who requested precautionary measures pointed out that Montgomery “suffers from mental illnesses, so his execution should not take place.”
The lawyers have defended, according to the text of Vanguard, that the woman was born with permanent brain damage, due to her mother’s alcoholism, who was abused by her stepfather and was exploited by her mother.