Mr Dunham said that most of the murders committed by women are domestic murders, often considered an action of passion and not worthy of capital punishment. Jurors sometimes subconsciously take into account conservative views of women, including that they are less violent and reduce future threats to society.
“The feeling is that a woman is going to act of violence only in extreme circumstances of working out of extreme emotional stress or extreme mental illness,” said Dunham, who added that the prosecution that commits the death penalty for women When asked, they are often considered bloodthirsty. “
In cases of women in murder cases, prosecutors often try to portray women as “devils” and do not fulfill traditional gender roles, and they blame them for their own misbehavior or mental illness .
The execution of women is rare: Since 1632, there have been 575 documented executions of more than 15,000 confirmed women in the United States, according to the Espy file, a database of executions in the United States and former colonies.
Since the US Supreme Court stayed the death penalty in 1972, arguing that it constituted a “cruel and unusual punishment”, then reversed its decision four years later, killing 16 women across the country Was punished.
Among them was Aileen Vurnoros, a hitchhik prostitute who killed six people on the side of Florida highways. Ms. Wuornos initially claimed that the murder was in self-defense after being attacked by customers, but authorities later stated that she did so intentionally. He was killed in 2002 in Florida.
Last year, Attorney General William P. Barr announced that the Department of Justice sentenced the prisoners to death, using the same drug, pentobarbital, after several botched executions by lethal injection and the death penalty was investigated afresh.