Lisa Montgomery going to be executed –

Three judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit have concluded that a lower court erred in setting aside Lisa Montgomery’s execution date.

United States District Court Judge Randolph Moss had ruled that the Department of Justice had unlawfully advanced the date for Montgomery’s execution. He had quashed an order from the director of the Prisons Bureau fixing the inmate’s death for January 12.

The convict was to be put to death at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, on December 31. Judge Moss had delayed the execution after lawyers for the detainee contracted COVID-19 while visiting her. They had asked for an extension of the deadline for filing a pardon petition.

Justice Moss concluded that the Bureau of Prisons could not even postpone Montgomery’s execution until at least 1is January. But the Court of Appeal refused to accept his conclusions.

Meaghan VerGow, an attorney for Montgomery, said her legal team would ask the Court of Appeal for a full review of the case. According to her, Montgomery is not expected to be executed on January 12.

Lisa Montgomery was convicted of the murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a 23-year-old young woman, in the town of Skidmore, Missouri in December 2004. She used a rope to strangle her victim who was eight months pregnant, before disemboweling it and detaching the fetus from the uterus.

She then made her family believe that she had just given birth to the child.

We know that the new President of the United States Joe Biden is opposed to the death penalty. It is therefore in a real race against time that the defense and the accusation of a crime which deeply shocked the United States is engaged.

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