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For the first time in 70 years: Woman death row convict in murder case executed

Washington D.C.: Lisa Montgomery, the woman on federal death row was executed today convicted in a murder case. The last hurdle for her execution was overturned by the US Supreme Court, paving way for the execution.

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Montgomery’s execution marked the first time the US government has implemented the death sentence for a female prisoner since 1953.

The case was fought across multiple federal courts on whether to allow execution of Montgomery, 52, who had initially been scheduled to be killed by lethal injections of pentobarbital, a powerful barbiturate on Tuesday in the Justice Department’s execution chamber at its prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Kelley Henry, Montgomery’s lawyer, in scathing remarks, called the pending execution, “vicious, unlawful, and unnecessary exercise of authoritarian power.”

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“No one can credibly dispute Mrs. Montgomery’s longstanding debilitating mental disease – diagnosed and treated for the first time by the Bureau of Prisons’ own doctors,” Henry said in a statement.

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