Recently, the US has scheduled the execution of Lisa Montgomery for committing one of the worst crimes. In 1972, the supreme court went on to cancel every punishment related to the death penalty. Capital punishment was suspended as that led to certain amendments in the constitution. The penalty seemed harsh to many. Various concerns were also raised as sometimes the person was not guilty. All the people who were sentenced to capital punishment were then given life imprisonment. In 1976, it was reinstated where a person could be convicted for a certain degree of murder. From then till 2018, only three people were executed.
In 2019, the Trump administration declared that they would resume the federal execution. They said that you cannot leave the worst criminals out there to live. They also stated that the Justice Department owes the victims and their families. Hence, justice needs to be done. So, let us understand why Lisa Montgomery was sentenced to capital punishment. On 16th December, 2004 a pregnant woman named Bobbie Jo Stinnett was found dead in her house. She was murdered by strangling. The perpetrator had also removed the unborn child from her womb and took the premature infant with her. Lisa Montgomery was the culprit. She met Bobbie on Ratter Chatter, a chatroom media. Lisa started talking, claiming that she was also pregnant. Then, they started talking which led to their friendship.
What did Lisa Montgomery say when she was arrested?
Stinnett’s mother found Stinnett lying unconscious in her house. She was then taken to the hospital where she was declared dead. Later on, Montgomery was arrested and the baby was taken safely to the hospital. During the investigation, they found all the chats. Then, the case went on trial. After the event, when questioned, they found out that Montgomery was mentally ill after her miscarriage. Her former husband mentioned that she had lied to many about her pregnancy. In fact, she had gotten a tubal ligation done. During questioning, Lisa mentioned that as a child she was raped numerous times by her stepfather. She turned into an alcoholic and was planning an escape. However, when her mom found out, she put a gun to Lisa’s head and threatened her. She ended up getting married twice at 18 but had to face physical abuse both times.
USA : Federal death penalty –
Execution Alert –
Execution : December 8, 2020.
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Many experts came forward talking about her condition. They found out that she never understood the quality of her acts. This was only because of her personality disorder, depression, and trauma. However, the prosecutors did not agree. Finally, in 2007 she was found guilty and was sentenced to death. Now, the justice has scheduled her execution date on 8th December, 2020. She will be infected with lethal injection at the US Penitentiary Terre Haute. She is the only woman as of today to be given the death penalty through this facility. Talking about history, the US Federal Government has executed only three women to date. In 1865, Mary Surratt was hung to death. Secondly, in 1953, Ethel Rosenberg was executed in an electric chair. Last but not the least, in 1953, Bonnie Heady was locked inside a gas chamber.