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Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people

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Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself.
Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national level, the state alone is responsible for more than a third of the 1,465 people put to death in the United States since 1976.
In 2017, however, the county known as the "death penalty capital of the world" and the "buckle of the American death belt" executed and sentenced to death a remarkable number of people: zero.
This is the first time since 1985 that Harris County did not execute any of its death row inmates, and the third year in a row it did not sentence anyone to capital punishment either.
The remarkable statistic reflects a shift the nation is seeing as a whole.
“The practices that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is following are also signifi…

Iran Court Sentences Woman to Death by Stoning; Prisoner Hanged in Southern Iran

Iran Human Rights (DEC 9 2015): A court in the north of Iran has reportedly sentenced a woman to lashings, 25 years in prison, and also death by stoning for allegedly assisting in the murder of her husband, Arash Babaieepour Tabrizinejad.

Her sentence was reportedly issued by Branch 2 of a criminal court in Gilan. 

A local Iranian official website, quoting the Prosecutor of Siahkal (a city in the province of Gilan), has identified the woman as only "A.Kh".

A prisoner with an alleged murder charge was reportedly hanged at Bandar Abbas Central Prison on the morning of Monday December 7. 

A report by the Judicial department in the province of Hormozgan identifies the prisoner as A.B. 

The prisoner was reportedly charged with murder and also sentenced to death in 2008. 

The death sentence was reportedly issued by Branch 1 of Hormozgan's Criminal Court and confirmed by Branch 13 of Iran's Supreme Court.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 8-9, 2015

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