Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2017

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MARCH 13, 2018): The 10th annual report on the death penalty in Iran by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM shows that in 2017 at least 517 people were executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
This number is comparable with the execution figures in 2016 and confirms the relative reduction in the use of the death penalty compared to the period between 2010 and 2015. 
Nevertheless, with an average of more than one execution every day and more than one execution per one million inhabitants in 2017, Iran remained the country with the highest number of executions per capita.
2017 Annual Report at a Glance:
At least 517 people were executed in 2017, an average of more than one execution per day111 executions (21%) were announced by official sources.Approximately 79% of all executions included in the 2017 report, i.e. 406 executions, were not announced by the authorities.At least 240 people (46% of all executions) were executed for murder charges - 98 more than in 2016.At le…

Georgia executes John Conner

John Conner
John Conner
Georgia executed John Conner on Thursday, ending a two-month death penalty hiatus for the United States. Conner was pronounced dead at 12:29 a.m.

Conner didn't make a final statement and declined to have a prayer said for him.

Conner becomes the sixth person executed by Georgia this year, putting the state on equal footing with Texas.

His lawyers on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution. The state opposed Conner’s request.

Conner ate his last meal of fried fish, hush puppies and two deluxe hamburgers after spending several hours earlier in the day with three relatives, three friends, two members of the clergy and four from his legal team. At 3 p.m. he was given a physical and then his wait began.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay shortly before midnight, clearing the way for the lethal injection of pentobarbital. The punishment had been scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, but the appeals process was still playing out.

Conner was sentenced to death 34 years ago. According to court documents, Conner, who was 25 at the time, went to a party with friends, where he drank and smoked pot. After returning home, Conner and another man, J.T. White, went for a walk with a near-empty bottle of bourbon, searching for more alcohol.

Conner claims that while they were walking, White remarked that he would like to have sex with Conner’s girlfriend, who they had left behind at the house.

“So I got mad and we got into a fight and fought all the way over to the oak tree and I hit him with a quart bottle,” Conner said. “I was down there at him right there in the ditch where he was at, and he was swinging trying to get up or swinging at me to try to hit me one. And there was a stick right there at me, and I grabbed it and went to beating him with it.”

Conner left White in the ditch, and returned home to tell his girlfriend they needed to leave town. Conner returned later to make sure White was dead.

Conner was sentenced to death for killing White, and later pled guilty killing another man: Jesse Smyth.
Conner’s attorneys asked the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to spare his life, pointing to his horrific childhood and violent father.

“For young John Wayne Conner, normalcy included extraordinary familial violence that frequently involved knives and guns; regular drug and alcohol abuse; and brutal physical, sexual and emotional abuse,” the clemency application read. “Having been raised in almost unimaginable circumstances of poverty and violence, Mr. Conner initially fell into the pattern modeled by those in his family.”

The Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency on Wednesday. Conner’s attorneys have also argued in court that he is intellectually disabled.

“After his arrest in 1982, he was evaluated at Central State Hospital following a jailhouse suicide attempt,” they wrote. “The evaluation revealed a suicidal man with a ‘history of mental illness’ exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia, autism, ‘psychomotor retardation’ and severe drug and alcohol dependence.”

Attorney General Sam Olens’ office responded that “there has been no genuine change in the facts or the law since relief was denied in his prior” requests.

On Thursday, the Georgia Supreme Court declined to halt his execution. Two justices wrote that they would grant a stay of execution “solely to decide whether, under the specific facts and circumstances of this case, his execution more than 34 years after being sentenced to death would qualify as cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

Conner’s attorneys on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his execution and to review the Georgia Supreme Court’s decision. The U.S. Supreme court declined to halt Conner's execution, Justice Breyer dissenting.

A second eleventh-hour request for a stay of execution was denied by the the U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday night, Justice Breyer dissenting.

Conner becomes the 6th condemned inmate to be put to death this year in Georgia and the 66th overall since the state resumed capital punishment in 1979.

Conner becomes the 15th condemned inmate to be put to death this year in the USA and the 1437th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977.

The first U.S. Supreme Court’s order denying
John Conner’s request for a stay of execution.

The second U.S. Supreme Court’s order denying
John Conner’s request for a stay of execution.

Source: Buzzfeed, Chris McDaniel, nola.com, July 14, 2016

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