TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 13, 2021

Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, died by lethal injection early this morning after the U.S. Supreme Court vacated several rulings that had halted the move, National Public Radio reports. Earlier this week, a federal judge had granted a stay of execution citing the need to determine whether Montgomery was too mentally ill to be executed, while an appeals court said time was needed to determine whether the Justice Department had given sufficient notice of the execution date. With the Supreme Court’s action, Montgomery is now the first female prisoner to be put to death by the U.S. government since 1953. Just ahead of the execution, Montgomery’s attorney, Kelley Henry, said her client's death by lethal injection was far from justice, as no other woman who had committed a similar crime had faced the death penalty.