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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…

3 Kenya men sentenced to death for stripping, abusing woman

My Dress My Choice
A Kenyan court on Wednesday sentenced three men to death for stripping naked and abusing a woman during a wave of attacks by mobs claiming that women were inappropriately dressed.

The three men were found guilty of robbery with violence, which carries a death sentence. 

Kenya's death penalty, by hanging, has not been carried out since 1987 and all such sentences are commuted to life imprisonment.

Most of the series of attacks in 2014 were captured on cell phone video. They prompted protests in Kenya called #MyDressMyChoice.

The victim told the court the three men were among seven on a public bus who tried to rape her but stopped when she said she was HIV-positive.

"They subjected her to humiliation and untold degrading, inhuman treatment," Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi said. 

The three men pleaded for leniency, asking the court to consider that they had spent three years in custody during the trial.

Attacks on women who are deemed inappropriately dressed are common in some East African countries. 

Rights groups have said the attacks illustrate an identity crisis: Men claim that women are inappropriately dressed according to African culture, yet some Kenyans on social media have pointed out that many African tribes traditionally wear few or no clothes.

Source: The Associated Press, July 19, 2017

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