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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…

Kuwait sentences two to death for spying for Iran regime

Double execution by hanging in Kuwait in June 2013
Double execution by hanging in Kuwait in June 2013
A Kuwaiti court sentenced two men accused of spying for Iran and Hezbollah to death on Tuesday.

An Iranian national and a Kuwaiti citizen were found guilty of intelligence links with the Iranian regime and its proxy Lebanese group Hezbollah. 

The Iranian national was convicted in absentia, but the other was in court.

According to the case documents, 25 Kuwaiti and Iranian suspects were put on trial for intelligence links with the regime in Iran and Hezbollah, and for possessing weapons and explosives. They were arrested in August.

The case also included the possession of weapons. 

Other suspects were given sentences ranging from five to 25 years, and three were found innocent.

The court said the Kuwaiti man masterminded the plot targeting Kuwait, used weapons and recruited 14 others.

The court also sentenced one defendant to life in jail, 15 others to 15 years and one to five years, Kuwaiti news site Al Aan reported.

The verdicts come amid deep tensions between Tehran and Arab countries after Iranian regime’s agents on January 2 torched Saudi Arabian diplomatic missions in Iran.

Source: NCRI, January 12, 2016

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