TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jan 12, 2021

Judge Patrick Hanlon late Monday granted a stay in the case of Lisa Montgomery, the first woman in nearly seven decades scheduled to be executed by the U.S. government, the Tennessean reports. Montgomery had been scheduled to be executed today, but Hanlon granted the stay, citing the need to determine Montgomery’s mental competence. Montgomery’s execution has been delayed and rescheduled a number of times this year after her Tennessee-based federal public defenders, Kelley Henry and Amy Harwell, contracted the COVID-19 virus. Her attorneys say that Montgomery has “brain damage and severe mental illness that was exacerbated by the lifetime of sexual torture.”