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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…

Russian who joined ISIS in Iraq sentenced to hanging

ISIS fighters surrender, Mosul, Iraq, 2017
A man who left Russia to join ISIS in Mosul was sentenced to death by hanging in Iraqi court - the 1st such ruling on a foreign fighter, according to a new report.

The unnamed foreign fighter was captured after the fall of the ISIS-held city in July, along with hundreds of suspected jihadists, including German teen-bride Linda Wenzel, Telegraph UK reported.

Authorities said the 28-year-old Russian man was the 1st fighter to surrender when Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul, and that he admitted to "carrying out terrorism operations," since 2015.

He said he discovered Islam in Moscow when construction workers introduced him to the religion and, after getting a degree in engineering in 2014, traveled to Turkey with the intention of entering Syria to join ISIS.

It is estimated that as many as 7,000 people have left Russia and other former Soviet states to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria.


Wenzel's case garnered attention after pictures and videos of her looking disheveled as she was being led out of the Iraqi city were published. She faces the death penalty but even if she is sentenced to death, she would not be executed before the age of 22.

As many as 5,000 men are awaiting trial in Mosul, judges told the outlet and 27 ISIS fighters were sentenced to death by hanging last month in Baghdad.

In 2016, Iraq executed more than 88 people, topped only by Saudi Arabia, Iran and China.

Russian who joined ISIS in Iraq sentenced to hanging

Source: nypost.com, Sept. 14, 2017


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