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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 sentenced to death for shooting policemen

Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Other charges include carrying guns, taking part in illegal rallies

Manama: A court in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday sentenced a defendant to death after it found him guilty of firing at on-duty policemen with the intent to kill them.

Charges levelled against the Saudi defendant included attacking police patrols with a gun and shooting at them, taking part in rallies and riots in Qatif while carrying a weapon to shoot policemen, raising slogans against the state and the rulers, purchasing and using a gun illegally, and harbouring a wanted fugitive.

Other charges, cited by Saudi news site Sabq, included not honouring a past pledge he made upon his release in a previous security-related case, monitoring streets and securing a safe passage for a wanted fugitive and taking banned drugs.

The Specialised Criminal Court said that its death penalty ruling was based on the heinous nature of the crimes committed by the defendants.

Under Saudi laws, the capital punishment case will have to be reviewed by two other higher courts before it becomes final and referred to the king for approval.

Source: Gulf News, August 3, 2017


Saudi religious police headquarters comes under fire


The force is known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice

Riyadh: A state-linked Saudi news website is reporting that assailants opened fire on the Riyadh headquarters of the country's religious police.

The force is known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

The website Ajel reported on Wednesday that no one was injured in the attack, which took place on Tuesday night when unknown assailants fired on the building in a drive-by.

Ajel and other Saudi media outlets said last week that the chief of the religious police in the ultraconservative province of Qassim, Fahd al-Khudeir al-Afaleq, was assassinated by unknown assailants.

Local media reported that al-Afaleq died in his home, from two bullets to the chest, and that the house was then set on fire in an attempt to cover up the crime.

Source: Gulf News, AP, August 2, 2017

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