Nebraska Abolishes Death Penalty in Landmark Override Vote

Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor's objections. The change was pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment for religious, financial and practical reasons. Senators in Nebraska's one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override the veto of Governor. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty. The vote makes Nebraska the first traditionally conservative state to eliminate the punishment since North Dakota in 1973. The override vote drew a burst of applause from death penalty opponents in the gallery above the legislative chamber.