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…

California: 60-year-old death row inmate dies in cell at San Quentin Prison

San Quentin Prison death row guards
San Quentin Prison death row guards
A death row inmate who went on a three-week crime rampage in Los Angeles in 1978 that included the fatal shooting and beating of a USC student died in his cell Tuesday at San Quentin State Prison, authorities said.

Stevie Lamar Fields, 60, was found unresponsive at 5:38 a.m. in his single cell, said Lt. Sam Robinson with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but Fields was pronounced dead about half an hour later. The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy, Robinson said.

Fields had been on California’s death row since Aug. 27, 1979.

He was sentenced to death by a Los Angeles County judge for a string of crimes that occurred from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5, 1978.

Fields was convicted in the kidnapping, robbery, rape and murder of 26-year-old USC student Rosemary Janet Cobb.

Fields was also convicted of the kidnapping, robbery and rape of Gwendolyn Elaine Barnett, Cynthia Marie Smith and Colleen Coats, and in the robbery of Clarence Gissendander, according to the corrections department.

He had been out on parole for a manslaughter conviction for two weeks when the crimes occurred.

Since 1978, when California reinstated capital punishment, 71 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, according to the corrections agency. There are 750 offenders on California’s death row.

Source: Los Angeles Times, Ben Poston, February 28, 2017

California killer Stevie Lamar Fields dies on death row

Condemned killer Stevie Lamar Fields, 60, was pronounced dead Tuesday on San Quentin State Prison's death row, the California Department of Corrections reported.

The cause of death is unknown, and an autopsy will be conducted, the agency's press release said. Fields was found unresponsive in his cell at 5:38 a.m. Tuesday. He did not have a cellmate.

In 1984, Fields had come within 42 hours of execution before the state Supreme Court approved a stay.

Fields had been on death row since 1979, convicted of the kidnapping, rape and killing the previous year of Rosemary Cobb, a 26-year-old student librarian at the University of Southern California.

He also was convicted of 12 other felonies, including 2 rapes and 3 kidnappings that occurred in an 8-day period after the murder.

The Los Angeles spree took place 2 weeks after he was paroled from a manslaughter sentence.

The California Supreme Court affirmed his conviction and death sentence in December 1983. A year later, less than 2 days before his scheduled execution, he received a stay to give his lawyers a chance to work on new arguments in the case.

His lawyers filed several appeals in the following decades in attempts to overturn his death penalty. Among the claims were:

-- Failure of his lawyer to investigate potential evidence concerning psychological damage caused by Fields' cruel childhood.

-- Bias by a juror whose wife had been a crime victim.

-- Improper injection of religion into the proceedings by a juror who cited biblical quotations during the penalty phase.

In the last action on his case, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008 let stand without comment a federal appeals court's reinstating of Fields' death penalty.

Source: Mercury News, March 2, 2017

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