Ruling would allow execution of only woman on federal death row

The only woman on federal death row is again due to be executed before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after a panel of judges on Friday reversed an order that could have pushed the proceeding past the end of the Trump administration. The decision by a three-judge federal appeals court panel had the effect of resetting Lisa Montgomery’s execution date to Jan. 12. Montgomery was convicted of killing a pregnant woman, cutting open her stomach and stealing her baby in a grisly 2004 crime. In 2020, the Justice Department conducted a wave of federal executions, reviving a practice that was…

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