April 18, 2021

Supreme Court rejects last ditch effort to stay federal execution

As the nation copes with the aftermath of the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by thousands of angry supporters of President Donald Trump, the United States Supreme Court made a shocking announcement regarding the fate of a female death row inmate scheduled for execution on Tuesday.

According to the Washington Examiner, a last-minute attempt to stay the execution of a woman named Lisa Montgomery was denied by the High Court, paving the way for the last federal execution of a prisoner before Trump’s term expires and perhaps the last federal execution for years to come. 

Chief Justice John Roberts was presented with the application in an 11th-hour attempt to stay Montgomery’s death sentence, but in an unsigned order on the day of her scheduled execution, the Supreme Court rejected the application.

According to the Associated Press, Montgomery, who was the first female prisoner executed in the federal system since 1951, was pronounced deceased early on Wednesday morning, just hours after the Supreme Court decision.

Montgomery was imprisoned for her role in the strangling death of a pregnant Missouri mother and her crime was especially gruesome as she reportedly cut the baby out of the mother’s womb with a kitchen knife. Montgomery took the baby and attempted to pass it off as her own before she was eventually arrested.

Her attorney, Kelley Henry, slammed the Trump administration for allowing the execution of a woman who she attempted to argue was severely mentally ill and the subject of torture in her childhood that left her emotionally and mentally scarred.

“The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight,” Henry said in a statement. “Everyone who participated in the execution of Lisa Montgomery should feel shame.”

Two other federal inmates who were scheduled for their executions before the end of the Trump administration managed to escape the end of their lives, for now, as their executions were halted by a federal judge for the District of Columbia after the two tested positive last month for the COVID-19 virus.

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to end federal executions once he assumes office.

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