Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty
Gov. Pete Ricketts, a first-term Republican, had vetoed legislation to repeal Nebraska’s death row. Today, Nebraska became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty when lawmakers boldly voted 30-19 to override the governor’s veto.
Nebraska has not executed anyone since 1997, and one of the 11 inmates on its death row died this week in prison, bringing those on death row in Nebraska to 10. Prisoner, Michael Ryan, had spent 30 years Nebraska’s death row, convicted for the 1985 cult killings of two people.
The news comes at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court is in position to issue a major decision on capital punishment by lethal injection. The lethal injection has been used, and botched, and those states trying to get the concoction are having problems obtaining it.
“I’m not surprised that conservatives led the death penalty repeal effort in Nebraska. I think this will become more common,” Marc Hyden of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty said in a statement, adding that the death penalty violates what he called “the core conservative principles of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and valuing life.”
Meanwhile, there’s a flood in Texas. (On a serious note, our condolences to those who have lost family, and best wishes for survivors.)