Death penalty's top 5: Which US states have the most executions?

It's not often that the US Supreme Court stays an execution, as it did in the Duane Buck case on Sept. 15. But the justices routinely consider such requests, given than 34 states permit capital punishment. Here are the five states with the most executions between 2007-10.

3. Alabama

Alabama averaged 4.6 executions a year between 2007 and 2010. Of the 15 inmates executed during that time, eight were white and seven were black. Alabama has the highest use of the death penalty per capita, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

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