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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…

More legal aid given to OFW on death sentence in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi court
Abu Dhabi court
Additional legal assistance has been assured to the Filipina household service worker (HSW), who was sentenced to death by execution in the UAE.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III met with Jennifer Dalquez last week during his 3-day UAE trip, reported Manila Bulletin.

"I instructed our Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) there, and Philippine recruitment agencies to provide Dalquez additional lawyers to see to it that her rights are well protected," Bello reportedly said.

Dalquez was sentenced to death by a UAE court after she killed her employer in 2014 for allegedly attempting to rape her, the report said.

Her appeal is pending at the UAE Court of First Instance which rescheduled the release of its decision on the case from Feb. 27 to March 27.

Bello was quoted as saying that Dalquez has a high chance of having her sentence lowered if she will be forgiven by the 2 children of her employer.

If they do, he reportedly said, there is a possibility that her death sentence will be commuted to a lower penalty of imprisonment. This could be life imprisonment or for 30 years.

Bello said he may return to UAE later this month to check on the status of Dalquez before the decision of the UAE court.

In a related development, Bello said he ordered the labor attache in UAE to fast-track the repatriation of the 48 run-away overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in UAE, said the news portal.

The recruitment agencies responsible for the deployment of the OFWs have already committed to pay for the repatriation, Manila Bulletin quoted him as saying.

Source: The Filipino Times, March 7, 2017

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