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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…

Tunisia sentences man to death for murder and rape of infant

Mohamed Amine Yahyaoui
Mohamed Amine Yahyaoui
An Army Corporal accused of murdering a four-year-old child has been sentenced to death by firearm, the lawyer of the victim's family confirmed.

"The Permanent Military Court of Tunis, on Tuesday, pronounced the death penalty by firearm against the killer of child Yassine Aouachri," Zoubeir Yahyaoui added in a statement to Tunisian Agence Presse. 

The defendant has the right to appeal against the ruling.

Capital punishment can only take place when it is validated by the President of the Republic. 

The last time capital punishment was used in Tunisia was in 1991.

Mohamed Amine Yahyaoui, 25, was charged with misappropriation of a minor, using violence that resulted in the death, rape, sequestration and maltreatment of a juvenile with premeditation.

The 4-year-old child, who was abducted on 17 May 2016 in front of a primary school in the Mellassine neighbourhood, was found murdered the same day in an abandoned house in Cite Hellal.

Yahyaoui had made 4 attempts to kidnap a child before capturing Yassine.

Source: Middle East Monitor, January 3, 2017


Tunisie : Peine capitale pour l’assassin du petit Yassine


Le soldat Mohamed Amine Yahyaoui a été condamné à la peine capitale pour le viol et le meurtre, en mai dernier, du petit Yassine.

Le tribunal militaire de Tunis a condamné, mardi 3 janvier 2017, Mohamed Amine Yahyaoui (25 ans) à la peine de mort par fusillade.

Incarcéré, depuis le 17 mai 2016, pour le viol et le meurtre, le même jour, de Yassine (4 ans) à Mellassine, quartier populaire l’ouest de Tunis, Mohamed Amine Yahyaoui a indiqué au juge qu’il souffrait de troubles psychiques, affirmant ne pas être responsable de ses faits et gestes.

Les différentes expertises effectuées ont démontré qu’il est conscient et responsable et doit être jugé pour son crime odieux qui a ébranlé la Tunisie.

Source: Kapitalis, 3 janvier 2017

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