The Examiner 26 Dec, 2020 19:00 am


The Bureau of Prisons cannot reschedule Montgomery’s execution until at least Jan. 1. Generally a death-row inmate must be notified at least 20 days before the execution. That could push Lisa Montgomery's execution past the inauguration of Joe Biden.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said the Justice Department unlawfully rescheduled the execution of the only woman on federal death row, potentially setting up the Trump administration to schedule the execution after President-elect Joe Biden takes office.The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Generally, under Justice Department guidelines, a death-row inmate must be notified at least 20 days before the execution.Because of the judge’s order, if the Justice Department chooses to reschedule the date in January, it could mean that the execution would be scheduled after Biden’s inauguration on Jan.

District Court Judge Randolph Moss also vacated an order from the director of the Bureau of Prisons that had set Lisa Montgomery’s execution date for Jan.Moss prohibited the Bureau of Prisons from carrying out Lisa Montgomery’s execution before the end of the year and officials rescheduled her execution date for Jan.

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