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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…

Saudi Arabia executes own citizen for kidnapping; 64th execution this year

Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
February 23, 2016: A Saudi who kidnapped and tried to rape his employer was put to death in the kingdom’s 64th execution of the year.

Mufrih bin Ahmed Khamis worked as the victim’s driver, the interior ministry said in a statement.

A court found that he consumed alcohol before abducting her and her baby, "taking advantage of the fact that he drove her to the school where she worked," it said.

"He beat her, handcuffed her and placed tape over her mouth. He then drove her to an isolated location and tried to rape her."

After stealing her money and telephone, Khamis abandoned the woman and child, the ministry added.

After his trial and conviction, Khamis was executed in the southwestern city of Abha. 

Source: Agence France-Presse, Feb. 23, 2016

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