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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…

ISIS executes Iraqi man for being gay

Image released by ISIS showing two of its militants throwing a man off a roof in southern Kirkuk for being gay.
Image released by ISIS showing two of its militants throwing a man off a roof
in southern Kirkuk for being gay. (ARA News)
The terrorist group ISIS is crowing that they allegedly executed another gay person. 

The young man was thrown off the roof of a tall building before his lifeless body was stoned by residents of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

“He was thrown off a roof in front of dozens of people,” a local activist told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Then ISIS militants called on the people to stone the victim although he was already dead. They started to barbarically stone his corpse.”

Video footage released by the group shows two masked men throwing the man to his death. 

The graphic video also shows people dutifully stoning the man’s body after he fell. 

“Civilians who live under ISIS suppression are forced to follow any order by the group, otherwise they could get killed,” Raafat al-Zarari said. “People sometimes have no choice but showing loyalty to ISIS. It’s a bitter reality in territories held by this terror group.”

The ISIS-linked Sharia Court had issued a decision to execute every gay man by throwing him from the top of a building, according to eyewitnesses.

Over the past three years, the extremist group has executed dozens of allegedly gay men in its areas of control in Syria and Iraq, but it should be noted that they also routinely accuse political rivals and activists of being gay as a pretext to shame and kill them.

Source: LGBTQ Nation, Bill Browning, August 16, 2016


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