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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…

Pakistan: Three executions

2 convicts were hanged at Faisalabad Central Jail and 1 was hanged at the Dera Ghazi Khan Central Jail on Wednesday. The execution of a convict scheduled to be hanged in Dera Ghazi Khan on Wednesday was put off on orders of Lahore High Court.

A Prisons Department spokesperson said Muhammad Ishaq alias Saqi, son of Asghar Ali, a resident of Mohallah Bagh Jhang, and Liaqat Hussain, son of Ashiq Hussain Ansari, a resident of Sultan Noonwali Basti in Jhang, were hanged on Wednesday at the Faisalabad Central Jail. They were accused of killing 2 rivals on June 15, 1992, to avenge an old enmity. Kotwali police had registered a case against them.

Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Shafiq Ahamd Butt had sentenced them to death on August 7, 1994. The apex courts had upheld the lower court's decision and the president had turned down their mercy petitions. The court had then issued death warrants for Ishaq and Ansari.

They were allowed to meet their families for the last time on Tuesday. Tight security arrangements were made and the relatives were requested to stay calm. The suspects asked their families to forgive them. The men were executed on Wednesday and their bodies were handed over to their families. In Dera Ghazi Khan, a man convicted of killing his wife and daughter was executed on Wednesday morning. The execution of another convict was put off till December 23 on orders of the LHC.

Jail Superintendent Sheikh Afzal Javed said Mushtaq Ahmad and Allah Ditta had been scheduled for execution on Wednesday. Allah Ditta's execution was put off.

Ahmad, son of Allah Bakhsh, a resident of Taunsa Sharif, was hanged amid tight security. He had shot at and killed his wife and daughter on October 19, 1999.

A trial court had sentenced him to death on February 25, 2002. Allah Ditta, son of Rasool Bakhsh Gurmani, a resident of Rajanpur, had shot at and killed Abdul Karim on the premises of district courts to avenge his brother Piran Ditta's murder.

A trial court had sentenced him to death on October 1, 2007. District and Sessions Judge Khalid Mahmood had issued death warrants for the execution of Mushtaq Ahmad and Special Court Judge Wajahat Hussain had issued death warrants for Allah Ditta after their appeals had been rejected by superior courts and their mercy petitions were turned down by the president.

Source: The Express Tribune, December 17, 2015

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