The Supreme Court has issued an order allowing the execution of the only woman on federal death row to proceed.
The order just before midnight on Tuesday allows the execution of Lisa Montgomery to proceed, lifting a lower court’s stay of execution and denying a request for another stay from Montgomery’s attorneys.
Montgomery’s execution had been scheduled for Tuesday at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was not immediately clear how quickly the execution would proceed early on Wednesday, following the ruling.
The Supreme Court ruling removes the final legal barriers to the execution, which Montgomery’s attorneys had hoped to delay until the inauguration of Joe Biden, a death penalty opponent.
The order just before midnight on Tuesday allows the execution of Lisa Montgomery to proceed, removing the final legal barriers in the case
Montgomery, who is from Kansas, killed expectant mother Bobbie Jo Stinnett in Missouri in 2004 before cutting the baby from Stinnett’s womb and attempting to pass off the newborn as her own.
In Tuesday night’s ruling, the Supreme Court’s three liberal justices — Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan — dissented, saying they would grant the stay that Montgomery’s attorneys sought.
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