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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…

Indonesia: Prosecution Watchdog to File Complaint Against AG Over Executions

Indonesia's Attorney General H. M. Prasetyo
Indonesia's Attorney General H. M. Prasetyo
Jakarta. The Commission for Public Prosecutions, or Komjak, will file a complaint against Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo for what it claims was the unlawful execution of two death-row prisoners, whose clemency applications were still being processed.

Prasetyo has been deemed careless for ordering the execution of Nigerian citizens Seck Osmane and Humphrey Ejike on the notorious Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, on July 29.

"I am unable to confirm this yet, because there has been nothing related to the executions to be taken to the plenary meeting, as far as I know," Komjak commissioner Ferdinand Andi Lolo said in Jakarta on Saturday (06/08).

Ferdinand said the report the commission received will be discussed in a plenary meeting, in accordance with procedures. Deputy Komjak chairwoman Erna Ratnaningsih has confirmed receipt of the report against the attorney general, but was unable to confirm any follow-up actions.

"I have previously received complaints from Gurdip Singh and [the Indonesian Avocation Agency] Ganas," Ratna said.

According to the complaints, both convicts were illegally executed as they were still involved in a clemency process. The executions should only have been carried out after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo rejected their clemency requests with an official presidential decree.

"Illegal executions can be categorized as a planned or unplanned acts of murder, as well as alleged violations of basic human rights," Indonesian Anticorruption Society (MAKI) coordinator Boyamin Saiman said on Friday.

According to Boyamin, the attorney general can be sanctioned with a either warning or dishonorable discharge for carelessly carrying out the executions [emphasis DPN], as the convicts informed his office that they had applied for clemency.

The execution of four death-row inmates and the testimony of one of them, Freddy Budiman, about the alleged involvement of members of the National Police, National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and Indonesian Military (TNI) in drug smuggling, has triggered a major polemic in recent days.

Source: Jakarta Globe, Erwin C Sihombing, Eko Prasetyo, August 6, 2016

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