Backed by Conservatives Nebraska Legislature Eliminates Death Penalty

An unusual group of conservatives against capital punishment got rid of Nebraska's death penalty Wednesday.
Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override Gov. 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.
Nebraska joins 18 other states and the District of Columbia in banning the ultimate punishment.
Some senators said they support thedeath penalty, but don't think the state will carry out another execution because of legal obstacles. The last time Nebraska executed someone was in 1997 using electrocution. It has never done so with its current lethal injection protocol.



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