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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: Three Men and One Woman Hanged in One Day

Iran Human Rights (DEC 8 2015): On Sunday December 6, three men with alleged murder charges were reportedly hanged to death at Zahedan Central Prison and also one woman was reportedly hanged in Ghazvin Central Prison for allegedly murdering her husband.

According to close sources, the names of the three men are: Mohsen Piri, Mohsen Gomshadzehi and Aziz Sarani. 

They were reportedly among five prisoners who on Thursday December 3 were transferred from their cells to solitary confinement in preparation for their executions. 

The other two were returned to their cells after the plaintiffs on their case files granted them respite from hanging. Iranian official sources have been silent on the execution of the three men.

The Iranian official news site, Parsine, has identified the woman as F. Zanjanian. 

According to the official report, "Zanjanian" committed the act of murder in 2011 and was sentenced to death and 99 lashings by Iranian courts.

Source: Iran Human Rights, December 8, 2015

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