Nebraska Buys Execution Drugs as Death Penalty Repeal Bill Advances

Nebraska state officials have purchased drugs necessary to carry out executions, even as a bill to repeal the death penalty makes its way through the state legislature. Governor Pete Ricketts on Thursday said, “The functionality of the death penalty in Nebraska has been a management issue that I have promised to resolve." Ricketts has promised to veto any repeal of the death penalty. Nebraska’s department of correctional services already has one of the three drugs required to carry out the death penalty under the current protocol. The other two will be delivered in the near future, Ricketts said.