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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The First Execution by Lethal Injection

The first lethal injection was carried out in 1982 when Texas put Charles Brooks to death. But this method of killing inmates has not proved to be any more humane that the electric chair or gas chamber. Much like the guillotine in France, adopted in the eighteenth century as a more benign form of execution than boiling or burning at the stake, lethal injection hasn't lived up to its hype. It, too, has produced horribly botched executions.

Billy Wayne Sinclair and Jodie Sinclair, Capital Punishment, 2009 

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