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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…

Ohio Parole board: No clemency for death row inmate

Ray Tibbetts
Ray Tibbetts
The execution of a 59-year-old man who killed his wife and the elderly man she cared for now may go forward after Ohio's parole board recommended Friday that Gov. John Kasich deny clemency.

Ray Tibbetts, 59, is scheduled to be executed on July 26.

The constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process, however, is still being considered in federal court. 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reviewing a judge's order that found Ohio's execution procedures unconstitutional. 

Kasich's office has said it believes its appeal will be successful, allowing the state to move forward with the first executions since 2014 – when a man suffered during an execution.

Tibbetts is on death row for the 1997 killings of his wife, Judith Sue Crawford, and 67-year-old Fred Hicks in an Over-the-Rhine home. 

Prosecutors said Hicks, who used an oxygen tank to breathe, may have been asleep when Tibbetts stabbed him multiple times. Three knives and a blade broken from a knife handle were left in Hicks' body.

In voting 11-1 to recommend that clemency be denied, the parole board's report called the killing of Hicks "particularly senseless and gratuitous."

During his more than six years as governor, Kasich has commuted the sentences of five death row inmates to life in prison without parole. 

He has allowed 12 executions to go forward.

Source: cincinnati.com, March 10, 2017

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