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Judge Blocks Execution Date for Woman Scheduled to Die Jan. 12

Dec. 25, 2020, 4:08 AM

The Trump administration improperly set an execution date for the only woman facing federal execution, a District of Columbia federal judge said Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss set aside the government’s order setting Lisa Montgomery’s Jan. 12 execution date, because it was done while a stay Moss put in place was pending. Moss had put the stay in place until Dec. 31 so Montgomery’s lawyers, who contracted Covid-19 after visiting her in a Texas facility, could have more time to work on her clemency petition.

The two other scheduled federal executions are set for Jan. 14 and Jan. 15. ...