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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…

New Zealander Peter Gardner still awaiting verdict on meth charges in China

Peter Gardner
Peter Gardner
The New Zealander arrested in China in 2014 for allegedly trying to leave the country with 30 kilograms of methamphetamine is still in jail awaiting a verdict.

Peter Gardner has been in a Chinese jail cell for over a year, after he was stopped at Guangzhou Baiyan International Airport and allegedly caught with $25 million of meth in his bags.

Speaking on The Nation, China's ambassador to New Zealand Wang Luton said a decision on his verdict is still being discussed, and the death penalty is a possibility.

"I think our people in China are still working on this case, and China is a country of the rule of law. We will do anything according to the rule of law," he said.

He said the death penalty has been effective in fighting crime, but authorities are cautious about carrying it out.

"The local government, the local court, couldn't decide for the death penalty. They've got to submit this to what could be the Supreme Court for the final decision. There are very strict procedures to go through for the final decisions."

He said the fact it is a New Zealander facing the death penalty is being discussed, but he cannot say more.

Peter Gardner maintains his innocence and claims he was carrying a drug precursor, which is legal in China.

Source: Newshub, July 16, 2016

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