Not only did the HuffPo headline writer use unfortunate phrasing, the article leaves out information about the crime. So here is an article from the Oxygen network:
“Lisa Montgomery strangled Barbara Jo Stinnett, 23, to death and then sliced the woman open and abducted her child in northwestern Missouri in 2004, according to the Associated Press. She’s scheduled to die by lethal injection on Dec. 8 at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, the Justice Department confirmed last week.
“Montgomery had posed as a buyer interested in purchasing a puppy from Stinnett. After driving from Kansas to the pregnant woman’s home in Skidmore, Missouri, she strangled the woman until she passed out. Montgomery then used a kitchen knife to extract the woman’s newborn.
““Montgomery then removed the baby from Stinnett’s body, took the baby with her, and attempted to pass it off as her own,” according to a Justice Department press release.
“Officials described the crime as “heinous.” The 23-year-old was eight-months pregnant at the time of her death.
“Authorities, who later concluded the attack was premeditated, eventually secured a confession from Montgomery. She was sentenced to death in 2007. Montgomery has exhausted all possible appeals. ”
The article goes on to say that her legal team claims she suffers from hereditary mental illness and suffered major abuse in her life. That’s apparently the basis of the clemency appeal.
The original execution date is in December. I’m guessing the subtext here is that if Montgomery survives until a Biden administration, Biden would be more likely to pardon her, since many of the Great and the Good have agreed that an execution would be unjust.