Supreme Court Refuses to Block Woman's Execution

Two of court's three women vote to intervene

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 22, 2010 8:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – A woman convicted of two hired killings is scheduled to die by injection tomorrow and become the first woman put to death in the commonwealth of Virginia in nearly a century, after the US Supreme Court refused to block her execution. Two of the three women on the court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, were the only justices to vote to stop the execution. The court did not otherwise comment on its order.

Teresa Lewis, 41, was sentenced to death for providing sex and money to two men to kill her husband and stepson in October 2002 so she could collect on a $250,000 insurance payout. But Lewis is borderline mentally retarded, and one of the gunmen later claimed he duped her "into believing he loved her so that he could achieve his own selfish goals," Lewis' attorney argued Monday.

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Teresa Lewis is seen in a December, 2007 photo provided by Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Teresa Lewis is seen in a December, 2007 photo provided by Steptoe & Johnson LLP.   (AP Photo/via Steptoe & Johnson LLP)
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