Feds to Execute a Woman for First Time Since 1953

  • Feds to Execute a Woman for First Time Since 1953

Feds to Execute a Woman for First Time Since 1953

Montgomery was sentenced to death after she was found guilty of killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was 8 months pregnant, in 2004, when she used a kitchen knife to remove Stinnett's baby from her womb, according to prosecutors. The incident happened in December 2004 after Montgomery drove to Missouri, ostensibly to buy a puppy.

The last woman to be executed by the U.S. government was Bonnie Heady, who died in a gas chamber in Missouri in 1953, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The Justice Department on Friday also scheduled the execution of a man convicted in the 1999 killing of two youth ministers in Texas. A struggle ensued, and Montgomery strangled Stinnett to death. Montgomery, then 36, had told people she was pregnant and tried to pass the baby girl off as her child, though she had in fact undergone a sterilization procedure years prior. She was put to death in a gas chamber in 1953.

"Her conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal, and her request for collateral relief was rejected by every court that considered it", the Justice Department said in a statement. The lethal injection uses a sedative called Pentobarbital that slows down brain activity and the nervous system.

The last federal female inmate to be executed was Bonnie Heady after a kidnapping and murder incident in the early 1950s.

Lee's execution laid bare the ideological divide within the US' highest court. Further, a stinging dissent by Justice Sonia Sotomayor accused the Supreme Court of fast-tracking the executions of death row inmates, "before any court can properly consider whether their executions are unconstitutionally cruel and unusual". According to anti-death penalty groups, President Donald Trump is pushing for more executions to brandish his reputation as a law-and-order leader.

Before the resumptions of executions this summer, federal authorities had executed just three prisoners in the previous 56 years.

Federal and state executions - what's the difference?

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Under the USA justice system, crimes can be tried either in federal courts, at a national level, or in state courts, at a regional level. However, it is rarely used.

The criminal is being held at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana now. Capital punishment by the USA federal government can be administered for treason, espionage, murder, and several other serious crimes. However, it was reinstated by Congress over a decade later, in 1988.

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