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US court clears way for execution of only woman sentenced to death

A federal appeals court paved the way for the execution of the only woman on death row before President-elect Joe Biden took office. The ruling, released Friday by a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, found that a lower court judge erred in setting aside Lisa Montgomery’s execution date in an order last week. Moss had ruled that the Justice Department illegally postponed Montgomery’s execution and he quashed an order from the Director of the Bureau of Prisons scheduling his death for Jan. 12. Montgomery was to be put to death at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. , in December, but Moss delayed the execution after his lawyers contracted coronavirus visiting their client and asked him to extend the deadline for filing a pardon petition. Moss found that, on his order, the Prisons Office couldn’t even postpone Montgomery’s execution until at least January 1, but the appeals committee disagreed. >> First of five executions in Trump’s final days continues despite outcryMeaghan VerGow, an attorney for Montgomery, said his legal team would ask the full appeals court to review the case and said Montgomery is not expected to be executed on January 12. December 2004. She used a rope to strangle Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, then cut the baby girl from her womb with a kitchen knife, authorities said. Montgomery took the child with her and attempted to impersonate the girl as his own, prosecutors said. Montgomery’s attorneys argued that their client suffered from serious mental illness. opposes the death penalty and its spokesperson TJ Ducklo has said he will work to end its use. But Biden has not said if he will end federal executions after taking office on January 20 (AP)

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