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  • Five US states that use the death penalty most

    Five US states that use the death penalty most

    It's not often that the US Supreme Court stays an execution, as it did late Thursday in the case of convicted murderer Duane Buck. But the justices routinely consider such requests, given that 34 states permit capital punishment. Since 1999, when a record 99 inmates were put to death, the number of executions has dropped slightly, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment. Can you guess which five states had the most executions over the past four years?

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  • Suzanne Basso executed for murder in Texas

    Suzanne Basso died by lethal injection Wednesday evening. The US Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay of execution on behalf of Suzanne Basso.

  • Texas execution: Suzanne Basso is the 14th woman executed (+video)

    Texas execution: When she was put to death Wednesday for the torture and killing of a mentally handicapped man, Suzanne Basso became the 14th woman to receive the death penalty since its reinstatement 38 years ago. It was the 510th execution in Texas.

  • Death penalty decline holds steady, but disagreement over why

    Use of the death penalty has declined precipitously since 2000 – a trend that held true again in 2013. But observers offer different theories about what is driving the trend.

  • Texas execution No. 500: 'This is not a loss,' says woman (+video)

    Texas execution: On Wednesday, Kimberly McCarthy became the 500th person to die by execution in the state of Texas since the death penalty was reinstated more than three decades ago. McCarthy had been convicted of killing Dorothy Booth and stealing her diamond ring. 

  • Cleveland kidnapping: Castro defense aims to avoid death penalty

    The defense attorneys for Ariel Castro, who is accused of kidnapping three women in Cleveland, hopes to avoid a trial which could result in a death penalty, they said at Wednesday's arraignment. Castro faces hundreds of charges, one of which is that he forced a miscarriage by one of the women. 

  • Jodi Arias trial: Does her statement about wanting death penalty factor in?

    The death penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial began on Thursday. Jurors aren't supposed to watch news coverage of the case, but experts say information from it often filters in.

  • Texas man: 'Ready to go home'

    Cleve Foster, convicted of murder and rape, was put to death in Texas on Tuesday after previously receiving three stays of execution from the country's highest court. 

  • Why the death penalty is at historic low in the US

    Why the death penalty is at historic low in the US

    By and large, Americans still support the death penalty. But concerns about the fairness of its application, and even its costs, are playing a role in the steep drop in executions and convictions.

  • Florida firing squads? What has death penalty supporters all riled up?

    Heated rhetoric over the death penalty just got hotter with a proposal, in Florida, that firing squads replace lethal injections. Some see this as a sign that death penalty supporters are insecure.

  • Five US states that use the death penalty most

    Five US states that use the death penalty most

    It's not often that the US Supreme Court stays an execution, as it did late Thursday in the case of convicted murderer Duane Buck. But the justices routinely consider such requests, given that 34 states permit capital punishment. Since 1999, when a record 99 inmates were put to death, the number of executions has dropped slightly, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment. Can you guess which five states had the most executions over the past four years?