Lisa Montgomery, a 52-year-old woman, is due to receive a lethal injection Tuesday night in Terre-Haute, Indiana, which would make her the first woman executed by federal authorities since 1953.
If her lawyers manage to extend the deadline, she will probably escape in fine to serve his sentence, as President-elect Joe Biden, who will be sworn in on Jan. 20, opposes the death penalty and has promised reforms.
Lisa Montgomery’s supporters do not deny the gravity of her crime: in 2004, she killed an eight-month-pregnant woman in order to steal her fetus, which he survived.
She had spotted her victim on the Internet and came to her home in Missouri under the pretext of buying her a puppy. On the spot, she had strangled her, had opened her uterus, had taken the baby and had abandoned the young woman bathing in a pool of blood.
But her defenders believe that she suffers from serious mental disorders, consequences of violence and gang rape suffered in her childhood. According to them, she does not understand the meaning of her sentence, an essential condition for carrying out an execution.
In the hands of the Supreme Court of the United States
Monday evening, a federal judge ordered a stay of his execution, the time to assess his mental state.Montgomery is so far removed from reality that she cannot rationally understand the administration’s motive for its execution “,” text “:” Ms.Montgomery is so far removed from reality that she cannot rationally understand the motive of the administration. ‘administration for its execution “}}” lang = “fr”>Ms Montgomery is so far removed from reality that she cannot rationally understand the administration’s motive for her execution, judged judge Patrick Hanlon.
An appeals court, seized by the Department of Justice, however, overturned this decision on Tuesday, and it is now up to the Supreme Court of the United States to decide.
A staunch supporter of the death penalty, like his most conservative voters, Donald Trump has also ignored a request for clemency from supporters of Lisa Montgomery.
Despite the decline in the death penalty in the United States and around the world, his administration resumed in July, after a 17-year hiatus, with federal executions and has since chained them at an unprecedented rate.
Ten Americans have received lethal injections in Terre-Haute since the summer, and the Trump administration plans, in addition to Ms. Montgomery, to execute two black men on Thursday and Friday: Corey Johnson and Dustin Higgs.
Again, there is uncertainty after a federal court decision to block these executions. The two men caught COVID-19 and the lethal injection could cause them illegal suffering, judges said.
Former prison guards have asked the Justice Department to postpone these executions
until prison staff are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Between the executioners, guards, witnesses and lawyers, an execution mobilizes dozens of people in an enclosed environment, conducive to the spread of the virus. For this reason, US states, including the very repressive Texas, have suspended executions for months.
On the contrary, Donald Trump’s administration has shown its determination to carry out as many executions as possible before leaving power.
In the final hours of the Trump presidency, there is a mad rush to execute people who have been on death row for years, if not decades. This is insane, denounced on NPR the Democratic senator Dick Durbin, announcing the introduction of a law to end federal executions.
With Democrats regaining control of the Senate, there is a possibility that it will pass once Joe Biden takes office.