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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 Afghan Citizens Hanged In Iran; Lawyer Carried Out The Executions

A lawyer reportedly has carried out executions in one of Tehran's prisons. 

According to the state-run Iranian news agency Fars, 2 Afghan citizens were hanged in a prison in Tehran. 

The prisoners were reportedly convicted of several cases of rape and robbery. 

The names of the prisoners, the date of their executions, or the exact location of the executions were not revealed in the report, which was published on Sunday June 5.

A lawyer for 1 of the complainants reportedly carried out the executions. 

The lawyer, who was not identified by name, told Fars News Agency: "On the request of 1 of the complainants, I personally carried out the punishments." This is despite that the prisoners were reportedly charged with rape and not murder.

According to Iranian laws, families of murder victims may carry out the execution of the murderer. 

Iran may be the only country where the execution of rape [convicts] could be carried out by the lawyer of a complainant.

Iran Human Rights (IHR) condemns the executions. "It is outrageous that lawyers are carrying out executions. Iran's leaders are responsible for promoting a culture of death penalty in Iran," says Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson for IHR.

Source: Iran Human Rights, June 6, 2016

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Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people