On December 7

On this day in ...
... 1982 (30 years ago today), the 1st execution by lethal injection took place, at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas (state flag at right). Executed was Charles Brooks Jr., who'd been convicted of the murder of an auto mechanic. Brooks was administered a killing dose sodium pentathol intravenously. Today lethal injection is the method preferred by U.S. death penalty jurisdictions; however, as prior posts demonstrate, its use remains the subject of litigation.

(Prior December 7 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)