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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…

IS extremists publicly behead Syrian man for 'insulting Caliphathe', Iraqi man for 'insulting Allah'

IS extremist beheads man in Raqqa, Syria in Feb. 2016 (Terrormonitor.org)
Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) executed on Monday a man in the city of Shaddadi in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, after accusing him of "insulting the Caliphate".

Saleh al-Rahim, 48, was publicly beheaded in central Shaddadi.

"ISIS claimed that al-Rahim has refused to pay taxes to the al-Hisba (taxation) department, which the group considered a violation to its rules and an act of insult to the ISIS self-declared Caliphate," rights activist Ahmed Hussaini told ARA News in Shaddadi.

The man was arrested at an ISIS security checkpoint near the village of Sarb in the vicinity of Shaddadi while trying to escape the ISIS-held area towards Hasakah city.

The victim was brutally beheaded in front of hundreds of people in Shaddadi's central square, after one of the militants read a statement accusing him of insulting the Caliphate and deserving the death penalty, according to local sources.

The city of Shaddadi is deemed the main bastion for ISIS jihadis in Hasakah province - where the group has recently lost large territories to the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Iraq, Ninawa, February 2016. Islamic State extremists publicly beheaded a man for allegedly 'insulting Allah.'

Photo: Terrormonitor.org on Twitter

Iraq, February 2016. ISIS beheads man for 'insulting Allah"

Sources: ARA news, Terrormonitor, Feb. 16, 2016


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Raqqa, Syria, February 2016 - An alleged thief has his right hand chopped off by an Islamic State extremist. Source: Terrormonitor.org on Twitter

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