“Federal death” postponed. What was the crime of Lisa Montgomery and will the execution take place?

12 January 2021, 10:42 GMT

Updated 5 hours ago

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Lisa Montgomery was sentenced to death in 2007

A US court suspended the execution of the death sentence against Lisa Montgomery, who was to become the first woman in 70 years to be executed in the United States by a federal decision.

Judge James Hanlon ruled that Montgomery’s sanity hearings should be held prior to execution. The woman’s lawyers argue that she has a congenital brain defect, and she simply does not understand what exactly is happening to her.

“In her current mental state, Montgomery is so distant from reality that she cannot rationally judge the reasons why the government intends to execute her,” the judge said.

The date for the hearing on Montgomery’s sanity will be set later.

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