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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…

"Duterte Not Seeking Amnesty for Drug Convict Veloso": Indonesian VP

Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Joko Widodo, right.
Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Joko Widodo, right.
Jakarta. Vice President Jusuf Kalla is convinced that Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's state visit to Indonesia on Friday (09/09) was not related to drug convict Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso.

Veloso, who is a Philippine citizen, was sentenced to death after she was caught with 2.6 kilograms of heroin at Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta in April 2010.

Kalla believes Duterte's shoot-on-site policy against drug dealers indicates he would not defend Veloso.

"He [Duterte] has openly stated that he would shoot thousands of people involved in narcotics. To defend one person proven guilty [of drug crimes] is surely against his character," Kalla said in Jakarta on Friday.

However, it was earlier reported that Duterte would discuss amnesty for Veloso with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Veloso's lawyer Agus Salim said he would provide Duterte with the legal files for the discussion.

Veloso's execution was put on hold last year because her testimony against alleged human trafficker Maria Christina Sergio was needed by the Philippine authorities.

During her trial, Veloso claimed that Sergio duped her into taking a suitcase to Indonesia after she lost her job in Malaysia. The suitcase was later found to have had drugs sewn into the lining.

Source: Jakarta Globe, September 9, 2016

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