Even before Justice Barrett’s confirmation, the Conservative Supreme Court majority has not been receptive this year to requests to postpone executions.
Federal executions during a power transition are extremely unusual, according to Robert Dunham, executive director of the Information Center on the Death Penalty. He said presidents have generally turned over to the new administration.
“It‘s another part of Trump’s legacy that is incompatible with American standards,” he said. “If the administration followed the normal rules of civility that have been followed throughout the history of this country, that wouldn’t be a problem. The executions would not take place. “
The Justice Ministry did not respond to requests for comment on the execution schedule.
Each of the three inmates, who are to be put to death by lethal injection at the Federal Penitentiary in Terre Haute, India, have been implicated in a horrific crime. Mr. Hall was convicted of “kidnapping resulting in death”, among other offenses, after he and several accomplices who ran a marijuana smuggling operation kidnapped, raped and buried a 16-year-old girl alive in 1994 , according to the Department of Justice.
Brandon Bernard, 40, was part of a group that murdered two young ministers on the Fort Hood military reserve in 1999, the Justice Department said. The federal government executed one of its accomplices in the case, Christopher Vialva, in September. Mr. Bernard was 18 years old at the time of the crimes.
The government also plans to execute Ms. Montgomery, 52, the first woman to face federal execution in nearly 70 years. She was convicted of kidnapping resulting in death in 2007, after strangling a pregnant woman and abducting the unborn child, the Justice Department said.
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Lawyers for Ms Montgomery said she was a victim of sex trafficking and sexual abuse as a child. She suffers from bipolar disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder in addition to hallucinations, psychosis, mania and depression, according to a file filed by her lawyers.