The end of the death penalty in Nebraska?

From the Lincoln paper:

State lawmakers voted to abolish the death penalty in Nebraska on Wednesday, setting up a veto showdown with Gov. Pete Ricketts that is expected to draw national attention.

The 32-15 vote to pass LB268 was the culmination of decades of work by Omaha Sen. Ernie Chambers and other opponents of the death penalty inside and outside the Nebraska Legislature.

Zack Pluhacek, Death penalty repeal passes Legislature, awaits veto, Lincoln Journal Star (14 minutes ago).

Update:  A minimum of 30 votes is needed to override a veto.  Joe Duggan / World-Herald Bureau, Nebraska lawmakers vote to repeal death penalty; Ricketts has promised a veto, (May 20, 2015).


One response

  1. Unlike the death penalty a veto can be undone.

    I wonder if the Evil Genius is playing with the irony dice again? The 15 members who were not in favor of repealing the dearth penalty in Nebraska represent 32% of the body which voted, which is the actual number of members (32) who voted in favor of repealing the death penalty.

    P.S. As clever and deceitful as power can be, misleading the efforts of justice is unacceptable. Cheers to thirty two Nebraska Lawmakers! May they stand firm and be sure to remind Governor Ricketts and his veto that certainty can be very misleading every now and again.

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