U.S. Supreme Court clears way for execution of only woman on federal death row

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The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a stay on convicted murderer Lisa Montgomery’s execution by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, clearing the way for the execution of the only woman on federal death row in the United States, who doctors say is brain-damaged and mentally ill.

In a separate development, a U.S. judge ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to delay the executions of two condemned murderers until at least March 16 in order to allow them to recover from COVID-19.

The two inmates, Cory Johnson and Dustin Higgs, had been scheduled to be executed on Thursday and Friday at the Justice Department’s execution chamber in its prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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