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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…

Iran secretary of Human Rights: UN and Western countries should appreciate us for the executions

The Iranian regime’s secretary of the so-called Human Rights Council, Javad Larijani, flagrantly asked the international community to encourage and reward the mullahs' regime for the mass executions in Iran.

On Thursday September 1, in an interview with the state-run Mizan website affiliated with the Judiciary and in response to a statement by Ahmad Shaheed UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran regarding mass execution of 12 prisoners, Larijani said: “Ahmad Shaheed and other Western countries should be grateful of Iran."

“Of course we act in accordance with our responsibilities and they should appreciate us but instead they denounce us.” he added.

He claimed, “These accusations are not new. In any case, based on our laws, we punish those who have played a major role in drug trafficking and destruction of the youth in our country with the most severe sentences which may be life imprisonment or the death penalty.”

It should be pointed out that while the regime executes the country's youth group by group for drug trafficking, the clue to drug trafficking is primarily connected to Khamenei and Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and its income is spent on terrorism and export of fundamentalism. A confidential United Nations’ report released by WikiLeaks said that the Iranian regime is considered the biggest drug trafficker in the world (U.S. Embassy in Baku - 12 June 2009).

On the other hand, Mohammad Bagher Olfat, deputy head of the Judiciary, admitted that the executions by the mullahs' regime under the pretext of drug-related offenses are ineffective and said: “The death penalty does not deter drug traffickers so far, and we have announced this in a letter to the Head of the Judiciary.”

Olfat who was interviewed by the state-run Tasnim news agency on 27 August 2016 said: “We with numerous officers have fought smugglers in accordance to law, but unfortunately the volume of drugs entering the country and transiting through the country as well as drug diversity and population involved, all have grown and the statistics is negative in this context.”

The deputy head of Judiciary added: “Another important point to consider is that the people who are executed in fact are not the main traffickers ... Nevertheless, we have written to the head of the Judiciary and announced that we think the current situation is not deterrent.”

It should be noted that Ahmad Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran, on Monday, August 8 condemned criminal execution of 12 prisoners by Khamenei's henchmen. He said execution of prisoners under the pretext of drugs is in violation of international law.

Source: NCRI, September 3, 2016

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