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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…

Saudi Authorities Execute Two Men Convicted of Murder

RIYADH – Two Saudi men were executed on Tuesday for killing two people in the southwestern city of Abha, the interior ministry said in a statement published by the official news agency SPA.

The first convict was identified as Ahmed bin Musa, who was sentenced to death after stabbing another person in a personal dispute.

The other, identified as Abdel Rahman Saad al-Ahmary, was found guilty of shooting and killing a person, according to the interior ministry note.

The two verdicts were issued by the general court and later confirmed by the appeal court and the supreme court of Saudi Arabia, and the execution order was ratified by royal decree, according to the procedure in these cases.

Most of the executions in Saudi Arabia are carried out by beheading, using a strict interpretation of Islamic law or “sharia,” which punishes those guilty of murder, drug trafficking, homosexuality, witchcraft and other crimes with the death penalty.

Human rights organizations have denounced that since the arrival of the monarch Salman bin Abdelaziz to the Saudi throne in January 2015, executions have soared, from 88 in 2014 to 158 in 2015 and 153 in 2016.

Source: LAHT, July 19, 2017

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