The change of President of the United States from Donald Trump to Joe Biden could save the life of Lisa Montgomery, who was sentenced to death.
Montgomery is currently the only woman in the United States awaiting execution of a federal death sentence.
NBC News, among others, told about the matter.
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Montgomery was originally supposed to be given a lethal injection of poison as early as December 8, but the prison administration postponed enforcement of the sentence until January 12, when Montgomery's defense attorneys had contracted the coronavirus.
However, federal judge Randolph Moss ruled the transfer illegal and ruled that the verdict could not be enforced then because the case was still pending in the courts.
In this way, the execution must be postponed.
The penitentiary may set a new execution date no earlier than New Year's Day, and according to the instructions of the judiciary, the date must be announced at least 20 days before the execution.
In this way, enforcement of the judgment would be delayed after the transfer of power from Trump to Biden.
During his campaign, Biden has said he opposes the death penalty and is working to end its use.
However, it is not yet certain whether the executions will end as soon as Biden rises to power on January 20th.
Montgomery was sentenced to death in 2007 after strangling a pregnant woman three years earlier and tearing an unborn baby out of her womb.
Montgomery tried to appear as the mother of a baby she had taken from the womb, but she was caught the day after the murder on her home farm in Melvern, Kansas.
Protesters opposed federal death sentences in Washington on December 10.Photo: Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Magazine
The last time a woman was executed by a U.S. federal decision was in 1953, when Bonnie Heady was killed in a gas chamber.
Prior to Heady, only two women had been executed by the federal government.
Mary Surratt was hanged in 1865, and Ethel Rosenberg was placed in an electric chair in 1953.
There was a long pause in federal executions before President Trump decided to reintroduce them last year.
When Daniel Lewis Lee was executed last July, he cut off a 17-year break in federal executions.
In the US, executions are also carried out under the own legislation of some states.