November 23, 2020
Last Thursday, federal death-row inmate Orlando Hall was executed after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay issued by a federal judge, who ruled that the government needed a prescription for the execution drug. The Trump Administration plans on executing two more inmates before the Biden Administration takes the reins on January 20, 2021 (President-Elect Biden has telegraphed that he will work to end the death penalty at the federal level).
Lisa Montgomery is one of the two death-row inmates in the Trump Administration’s cross-hairs, but on the same day that Hall was being put to death, a federal judge ordered the government not put her to death before Dec. 31, citing the recent coronavirus diagnoses of her two longtime lawyers.
According to this article in the New York Times, a spokesperson for Ms. Montgomery’s legal team said that one of the lawyers spent six hours in the emergency room on Wednesday night with an elevated heart rate and elevated blood pressure. Ms. Montgomery’s lawyers had argued that her rights would be violated without sufficient access to her experienced counsel and mental health experts during her clemency process.
To her lawyers I say: stay positive.