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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…

Israel grants entry for Iranian journalist facing death penalty

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Deri said there is a 'real danger to her life' and he 'confirmed her entry without hesitation'

An Iranian journalist facing the death penalty in her home country for her journalistic work will be granted entry to Israel, Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri confirmed Sunday.

The journalist, Nada Amin, fled Iran to Turkey three years ago. But Turkey has announced that she would be deported back to Iran in the coming days where she would most likely be arrested immediately upon arrival.

"There is a real danger to her life,” Deri said according to Israeli media. “I confirmed her entry without hesitation.”

The minister responded to a request by the Jerusalem Journalists Association and the National Journalists Association to approve entry for Amin, who has written columns in Persian for the Israeli daily, Times of Israel.

"Amin is expected to be arrested immediately upon arrival in Iran and is in danger of execution because of her journalistic work,” said her brother in a letter to Minister Deri.

"This is a journalist who poses a real danger to her life, only because of writing columns on an Israeli news website,” said Deri, according to Israel’s Ynet News.

Israel and Iran are bitter longstanding rivals. Earlier this week, two Iranian soccer players were condemned for playing on a Greek team against Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Source: i24News, August 6, 2017

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