Lethal injection is the primary method used in executions in the United States.
Aileen Wuornos (convicted of killing 6 men) was executed despite questions regarding her mental competence during her trial.
Texas has executed more people than any other state in the US, with a total of 538 executions since 1976.
The topic of capital punishment comes up quite frequently on Down Home Fear. While I think it's safe to say we all agree that crime must be punished -- is there a point where we go too far in search of "justice?"
On the most recent installment of Down Home Fear (Episode 6), I mentioned that I feel the death penalty is appropriate in cases that involve extreme child abuse and/or torture that results in death.
This is not to say that capital punishment should handed down carelessly. It should be used with the highest of restraint and considered as an option only in the most wanton and depraved of cases. The infamous "Toy Box Killer," David Parker Ray comes to mind as an example of such an extreme case.
The United States is the only western nation that currently practices capital punishment, and only 31 states still use the death penalty (the other 19 states have either abolished or placed a moratorium on the practice).
Admittedly, I hold a very pathos-based perspective on the matter. People throughout the world have wildly differing opinions on this subject and there are certainly compelling arguments from both ends of the spectrum.