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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: Investigators to Question 3 Officers Named by Executed Drug Convict in Video

Executed drug kingpin Freddy Budiman shortly before his execution
Executed drug kingpin Freddy Budiman shortly before his execution
An independent police-initiated team is planning to question 3 officers whose names were mentioned by a convict in a video made by government officials shortly before his execution.

The independent team, which was set up to investigate the presumed complicity of state officials and law enforcers in drug crimes, is probing allegations that members of the National Police, National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and Indonesian Military (TNI) had helped slain drug convict Freddy Budiman run his business.

Freddy mentioned at least 3 names in the video that otherwise mainly depicts his spiritual journey inside the prison, team member Hendardi said. The team has obtained the copy from the directorate general for penitentiary affairs at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry.

"We are currently examining and discussing the video. We will follow up on it by questioning the officers, if necessary," Hendardi told the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday (30/08).

Freddy had allegedly given in kickbacks more than Rp 450 billion ($34 million) to the BNN and Rp 90 billion to the National Police officers.

"The names are not related to the flow of funds as confessed by Freddy Budiman to Haris Azhar," Hendardi said refusing to reveal the names or initials of the suspected officers.

Freddy had confessed about the officers' involvement in his drug business to human rights activist Haris Azhar when they met on the Nusakambangan prison island 2 years ago. Haris revealed Freddy's testimony last month, shortly before the convict faced the firing squad.

"The video also contains Freddy Budiman's advice on how to eradicate the circulation of drugs inside the prison. He also called for tighter supervision of drug inmates," Hendardi said.

Source: Jakarta Globe, September 1, 2016

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