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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…

Singapore: Kho Jabing to be hanged next Friday

Kho Jabing
Kho Jabing
Family of Sarawakian convicted of murder in Singapore told to make arrangements for his body to be flown back to Miri after execution.

Sarawakian Kho Jabing is set to be executed by Singapore's prison authorities next Friday.

According to Malay Mail Online today, the convicted killer's sister, Jumai Kho said that they received a letter 2 days ago from Singapore, notifying them of the scheduled execution.

She said the letter, which was addressed to her mother Lenduk Baling, asked the family to make preparations to take Jabing's body back to Miri after the execution. Lenduk is in shock and unable to accept the news.

Jumai said the family was working with NGO "We Believe in 2nd Chances", to fly to Singapore, and are also assessing the options available.

She told the portal that the family had been under the impression that Kho would be spared the noose, pending a fresh clemency petition they had intended to push through last month.

Kho's 1st plea for clemency was rejected in October last year.

Kho, 31, from Ulu Baram, Sarawak, was found guilty of killing a Chinese construction worker with a tree branch in 2008 during a robbery attempt. He was sentenced to death in 2010.

In 2013, the Singapore government amended the mandatory death penalty that gave judges the discretion to choose between death and life imprisonment with caning for murder, as well as certain cases of drug trafficking.

In August 2013, following revisions to the mandatory death penalty laws, the High Court sentenced him to life and 24 strokes of the cane instead. It was then again revised to the death penalty after the prosecution challenged the decision before the Court of Appeal.

Kho was scheduled to be executed on Nov 6, but received a stay the day before after his lawyer filed a motion raising points of law about the case's handling.

Source: freemalaysiatoday.com, May 13, 2016


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Source: Amnesty International USA, May 12, 2016

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