Girls are scarce on loss of life row in the US. In line with a quarterly report from the NAACP Authorized Protection and Academic Fund, simply 2 p.c of these inmates on loss of life row are ladies. With Ms. Montgomery’s execution, there at the moment are no ladies on federal loss of life row.
The final ladies to be executed by the federal authorities had been Bonnie Brown Heady for kidnapping and homicide and Ethel Rosenberg for espionage, each in 1953.
Ms. Montgomery’s execution was initially scheduled for final month. However after two of her attorneys contracted the coronavirus, a decide delayed it, and the Justice Division rescheduled.
In her ultimate days, Ms. Montgomery discovered some fleeting reprieve within the courts. Her attorneys had claimed that she was incompetent for execution, citing psychological sickness, neurological impairment and sophisticated trauma. A federal decide in Indiana issued a keep on Monday evening in order that the courtroom might conduct a listening to to find out her competency. However a panel on the Seventh Circuit Court docket of Appeals vacated that keep on Tuesday, writing that Ms. Montgomery’s declare might have been introduced earlier. The judges additionally cited Supreme Court docket precedent, which emphasizes that last-minute stays of execution “must be the intense exception, not the norm.”
Nonetheless, different courtroom orders continued to dam her execution effectively after the Bureau of Prisons’ tentatively scheduled execution time of 6 p.m. The U.S. Court docket of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a separate keep in order that the courtroom might hear her declare associated to the Federal Dying Penalty Act, and the Eighth Circuit Court docket of Appeals issued its personal keep.
However the Supreme Court docket cleared the best way for the execution to proceed, because it has completed with the earlier 10 inmates executed by the Trump administration. On Monday, the courtroom overturned each stays, the remaining boundaries to her execution, and rejected every of Ms. Montgomery’s requests for reprieve.
In a prolonged assertion, Ms. Montgomery’s longtime lawyer Kelley Henry maintained that the federal government violated the legislation by executing her consumer, who suffered from “debilitating psychological illness.” Past the crime for which she expressed regret and the abuse she endured, Ms. Henry mentioned, Ms. Montgomery was a Christian who adored her household.