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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…

Morocco: Two sentenced to death for raping, killing 7-year-old girl

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May 4, 2016: Two Moroccans have been sentenced to death by a court in El Jadida (200km south of Rabat) for having kidnapped, raped and killed a 7-year-old girl, reported today the local web eljadidanews.com.

The incident took place late last year, when the girl, who went by the name Zineb, disappeared from his grandfather’s house in the village of Douar Lachab, where he lived with his mother, separated from her husband. 

Her body was found days later in a well, with signs of having been raped before her death.

The daily Al Massae says meanwhile that one of those sentenced to death is half brother of the dead girl.

While no prisoner was executed since 1993, the death penalty remains in force in Moroccan law, and in recent years was reserved for cases of terrorism or crimes against children.

There are currently around 120 sentenced to death in the so-called “death row” awaiting execution. 

source: EFE, May 4, 2016

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