U.S. executes woman for first time in nearly 70 years

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Woman was executed in the United States for the first time since 1953, The New York Times reported Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Lisa Montgomery, 52, was given a lethal injection at Terre Haute prison in Indiana. The woman’s death was recorded at 1:31 a.m. local time on Jan. 13.

Earlier, after several appeals and delays, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the death penalty to be carried out.

It is noted that Montgomery’s death by lethal injection was the 11th execution since the administration of current U.S. President Donald Trump renewed the use of capital punishment for federal death row inmates in July 2020.

Kelly Henry, Montgomery’s attorney, called the execution “a vicious, illegal, and unnecessary exercise of authoritarian power.” She also said that U.S. authorities broke the law because the woman had mental health problems