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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: Grandma Caught With 1,500 Ecstasy Tablets, Crystal Meth at Kualanamu Airport

Indonesian police drug bust (file photo)
Indonesian police drug bust (file photo)
Jakarta. Security officers at Kualanamu International Airport in North Sumatra have handed a 54-year-old woman over to police after finding 1,500 ecstasy tablets and nearly 30 grams of crystal methamphetamine in her possession on Sunday (07/02).

The woman, who has been identified as Hajjah Isdiani, is reportedly from Kalimantan Island. 

The drugs were found hidden inside her underwear during a routine check by airport security personnel.

During a subsequent interrogation, Hajjah told the officers that the drugs originated from a drug dealer in Lubuk Pakam, a town in North Sumatra province. 

She confessed that she had been offered Rp 15 million ($1,100) to smuggle the drugs.

"The evidence was seized from inside the bra worn by the suspect. She was a passenger on Lion Air flight JT 913 traveling from Kualanamu to Balikpapan. She was handed over to the police," said Kuswadi, the chief of security at Kualanamu airport.

The airport is situated 39 kilometers from the provincial capital Medan.

Kuswadi said the police are conducting further investigations.

Source: Jakarta Globe, Arnold H Sianturi, February 08, 2016

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