January 29, 2021
On January 13, I woke up to the news that Lisa Montgomery had been executed just hours earlier in Terre Haute, Indiana. My heart sank. Earlier in the week, while working on an action alert calling on Congress to repeal the federal death penalty, I learned that a federal appeals court had issued a stay of execution in this case. A day later, however, I saw that the Trump Administration had appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn the stay.
Given the circumstances of this case—that Lisa’s life had been one long nightmare of sexual abuse and torture, and that the federal government had not executed a woman in nearly 70 years—I was shocked that the Supreme Court paved the way for this state-sanctioned killing to proceed with breakneck speed. The Supreme Court issued its decision around midnight, and Lisa was killed by lethal injection approximately an hour and a half later. As with most executions, this one took place in the middle of the night.
Lisa was the eleventh federal death row inmate executed under former President Trump, whose administration reinstated the punishment after 17 years.Read More