Trump Administration seeks to nix Lisa Montgomery stay of execution

Federal Execution Montgomery
Posted at 9:48 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 22:48:21-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Trump Administration appealed on Tuesday night a stay of execution for a Missouri woman.

Lisa Montgomery – the only female on death row – was scheduled to be executed Tuesday night for the 2004 death of Bobbie Jo Stinnett and cutting Stinnett’s unborn child out of the womb. But multiple stay-of-execution orders had been issued leading up to the execution date.

The application to vacate the stay of execution stated that the court of appeals had not “made the requisite findings to order a stay of execution.”

“No further delay is warranted,” the application stated. “Respondent was sentenced to death 12 years ago for a crime of staggering brutality. She has exhaustively litigated challenges to her conviction and sentence, all of which have failed.

“Now, in yet another dilatory challenge to her execution date, she again seeks delay for delay’s sake. She asserts no substantive interest that would be compromised by permitting her execution to proceed. She seeks only to postpone the enforcement of her lawful judgment.”

Earlier Tuesday, the Supreme Court voted, 6-3, to lift the D.C. Circuit Court’s stay of execution.

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