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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: Man arrested two weeks ago hanged in public

Man publicly hanged 2 weeks after his arrest, Neyshabur, Iran. Sept. 30, 2016
Man publicly hanged 2 weeks after his arrest, Neyshabur, Iran. Sept. 30, 2016
A man was hanged in public in the Razavi Khorasan province (northeastern Iran) on Friday September 30. 

A crowd of people reportedly watched the execution.

Iran Human Rights (October 2 2016): A man who was arrested about two weeks ago on murder and rape charges was hanged in public in the city of Neyshabur. 

According to the Iranian state-run news agency, Mehr, the execution was carried out in public in front of a crowd of people on the morning of Friday September 30. 

The report identifies the prisoner as Mehdi N., 37 years old. 

Such a short time between the arrest and execution of an individual indicates lack of due process, which according to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR), is not uncommon in Iran. 

IHR suspects "Mehdi N." may have not received a fair trial or the chance to defend himself.

Source: Iran Human Rights, October 3, 2016

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