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US to carry out first federal execution of a woman in seven decades

By: Reuters | Washington |

October 17, 2020 2:31:01 pm

The 2 executions would be the eighth and ninth the federal authorities has carried out in 2020. (Representational)

The U.S. Justice Division stated on Friday it has scheduled the primary federal execution of a girl in nearly 70 years, setting a Dec. eight date to place to demise Lisa Montgomery, convicted of a 2004 homicide.

Montgomery, who was discovered responsible of strangling a pregnant lady in Missouri, will probably be executed by deadly injection at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute, Indiana, the division stated in an announcement.

The final lady to be executed by the U.S. authorities was Bonnie Heady, who was put to demise in a fuel chamber in Missouri in 1953, in response to the Dying Penalty Data Heart.

The justice division on Friday additionally scheduled a Dec. 10. execution for Brandon Bernard, who along with his accomplices murdered two youth ministers in 1999.

The 2 executions would be the eighth and ninth the federal authorities has carried out in 2020.

The Trump administration ended a casual 17-year-hiatus in federal executions in July, after asserting final yr that the Bureau of Prisons was switching to a brand new single-drug protocol for deadly injections, from a three-drug mixture it final utilized in 2003.

The brand new protocol revived long-running authorized challenges to deadly injections. In August, a federal choose in Washington, D.C. dominated the Justice Division was violating the Meals, Drug, and Beauty Act in not looking for a physician’s prescription to manage the extremely regulated barbiturate.

However an appeals court docket held the violation didn’t in itself quantity to “irreparable hurt” and allowed federal executions to proceed.

In 2007, a U.S. District Courtroom for the Western District of Missouri sentenced Montgomery to demise after discovering her responsible of a federal kidnapping leading to demise.

Her legal professional, Kelley Henry, stated that Montgomery deserves to stay as a result of she is mentally unwell and suffered childhood abuse.

“Lisa Montgomery has lengthy accepted full accountability for her crime, and she’s going to by no means go away jail,” Henry stated in an announcement. “However her extreme psychological sickness and the devastating impacts of her childhood trauma make executing her a profound injustice.”

Bernard’s legal professional, Robert Owen, stated in an announcement the federal authorities misled the jury within the U.S. District Courtroom for the Western District of Texas, which in 2000 discovered Bernard responsible of homicide. Its choice was tainted by false testimony, Owen stated.

“This proof confirms that Mr. Bernard is just not one of many ‘worst of the worst’ offenders for whom we reserve the demise penalty, and that sparing his life would pose no threat to anybody,” Owen stated.

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