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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…

Iraq: Man brutally executed by ISIS for "being gay"

Man accused of being gay executed by ISIS in Iraq, July 2016
Man accused of being gay executed by ISIS in Iraq, July 2016
ISIS has publicly executed yet another man accused of being gay by throwing him from a rooftop.

The Iraqi man was executed by ISIS militants in the Kirkuk stronghold, after being accused of homosexuality, reports local media.

The victim is the latest of dozens of men perceived to be gay to have been executed by the militant group.

ARA News Network published the story which has not been independently verified, showing footage of the man being thrown to his death.

According to the report, a crowd had gathered, who threw stones at the man’s body after he hit the ground.

“He was thrown off a roof in front of dozens of people,” the reads the report.

“Then ISIS militants called on the people to stone the victim, although he was already dead. They started to barbarically stone his corpse.”

Such punishment is often the result of Shariah law being carried out by “judges” or “courts” who decide whether the accused is guilty.

“Civilians who live under Isis suppression are forced to follow any order by the group, otherwise they could get killed,” the head of Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari said in the report by ARA News.

“People sometimes have no choice but showing loyalty to IS.”

Just over a month ago, Omar Mateen took to the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49.

Mateen called authorities and declared his loyalty to ISIS before he was killed at the scene.

Hillary Clinton visited the nightclub on Friday, and spoke at a roundtable event to say she would make changes to protect LGBT+ people from being targeted.

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump also said he would do “everything in his power” to protect LGBT people, despite having held anti-LGBT stances for some time.

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Source: Pink News, July 23, 2016


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