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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…

Indonesia: Pakistan Nationals Among Eight Nabbed With 100 Kgs of Drugs

BNN drug bust: 100 kg of methamphetamine
BNN drug bust: 100 kg of methamphetamine 
Jakarta. The National Narcotics Agency, or BNN, has arrested eight men, including four Pakistan nationals, with around 100 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine worth billions of rupiah in a drug bust at a warehouse in Jepara, Central Java on Wednesday (27/1).

The arrests were made following a tip-off from Yogyakarta and Central Java custom officials after suspicious packages were delivered from Tanjung Mas Port in Central Java capital Semarang to a warehouse belonging to a furniture company identified as Jepara Jaya Internasional.

The Pakistan Nationals, identified as Faiq, Amran Malik, Riaz and Toriq, allegedly smuggled 100 kilograms of drugs by hiding it inside power generator units, BNN chief Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso told reporters on Thursday (28/1), as quoted by Detik.com.

Four other suspects — Yulian, Tommy, Kristiadi and Didit — were arrested in three separate locations in Semarang and Jepara, Budi said, adding that one of them was a village head.

The anti-narcotics agency is still investigating the role of eight suspects in the case, Budi explained.

Source: Jakarta Globe, Y. Sukoyo, January 28, 2016

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