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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…

Two Suspected Taiwanese Drug Smugglers Arrested in Bali

Taiwanese nationals Yu Tsai Chen (44) and Hsiao Tzu Hung (30) allegedly smuggled 70 kilos of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia
Taiwanese nationals Yu Tsai Chen (44) and Hsiao Tzu Hung (30) allegedly
smuggled 70 kilos of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia. (JG)
Denpasar. Police and immigration officers arrested two Taiwanese nationals who allegedly smuggled 70 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine to the country last week at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali, on Saturday (28/05).

Speaking to reporters in Denpasar on Sunday, Ronny F. Sompie, the Justice Ministry's Immigration Affairs general director, said immigration officers and police at the airport nabbed the Taiwanese nationals when they were about to leave for Taiwan at around 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Yu Tsai Chen (44) and Hsiao Tzu Hung (30) allegedly smuggled 70 kilos of crystal methamphetamine, known by its street name "sabu," by hiding it in small generators.

The two were recorded entering Bali on Monday last week. On Tuesday, police found the same amount of crystal methamphetamine packed into 14 different bags at the Arcadia Housing Complex in Tangerang, Banten.

Two couriers working for a drug syndicate reportedly led by the Taiwanese duo—identified by their initials S and A—were also arrested during the drug bust.

Chen and Hung have so far refused to admit the drugs found in Tangerang belonged to them. Both will be flown to Jakarta for further interrogation.

Last month, police seized more than 80 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine—most of them smuggled from China and Iran in chocolate parcels and glue bottles—during a three-week raid in the Greater Jakarta area. Nine people, including four Malaysian, Chinese, Iranian and Nigerian nationals, were arrested during the bust.

Source: Jakarta Globe, May 30, 2016

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