Nebraska kills death penalty over veto of Governor

Updated at 4:20 PM

I just completed watching the audio and video feed of the debate and vote. The vote was 30 to repeal despite the veto, 19 to support the veto. In other words, the veto was overridden, but with no votes to spare. See the New York Times article.


11 responses

  1. Judicial evolution via overriding a veto should get them talking in the cafés and make the primaries a little more interesting next time around.

    So let’s see, I think that moves the score card to 19 states without the death penalty to 31 states with the death penalty.

    Cheers to the 30 senators who held their ground as the smallest state legislature in the nation takes things to extra innings to chalk up a win in their back yard. With only 49 members it was nice of the two who missed the original vote to show up and it would be interesting to know what sort of political gamesmanship the two who changed their mind were banking on.

    Anyway it seems clear that Pete, the governor of Nebraska, just can’t refuse hoarding the record player at the party and continues to play the same old tunes in spite of the veto.

    ~~~In his veto message to the Legislature, Ricketts had said repealing the death penalty is counter to an overwhelming majority of Nebraskans who support it as an important public safety tool. The death penalty is necessary to provide justice to the families of victims of especially heinous and violent crimes, Ricketts said.

    “Your decision will determine whether the families of victims of ten murderers on Nebraska’s death row will ever receive the justice they deserve,” Ricketts wrote, “which was meted out by a very deliberate and cautious judicial process in each of their cases.~~~~*

    But it does look like ten State of Nebraska inmates will be sleeping a little better tonight as they count the bricks in their cells.

    I would like to think a few extra hundreds of thousands of Nebraskan citizens will as well. How about you judge?

    Sweet dreams tonight and thanks for keeping us up to date on the progress as Nebraska joins 18 other states to take a pass on the death penalty.

    Cheers! Principles still count for something. May the judicial system in this country continue to keep evolving in its pursuit of justice for all.

    *from the State of Nebraska legislative home page

  2. An absolute embarrasment and a perversion of democracy considering that we just buried Kerrie and over 70 percent of Nebraska voters favor the death penalty.

    The death penalty will now be placed in our constitution and the political careers of about 10 nominal Republicans are finished.

  3. An earlier post declined to comment on the wisdom of ending the death penalty but noted that one judge would sleep better if it were repealed. I have no right to judge the actions of the Nebraska legislature, nor are my views on capital punishment of interest to anyone. But I do note that regular, sufficient sleep is crucial to good health, and anything that leads to better health for federal judges, or anyone else, is something I can applaud as a commendable public health measure.

  4. I have long thought that the cruelest part of the death penalty goes unremarked. It is that the condemned knows the date and hour of his, or I’n rare cases her death.

    I hope that the good people of Nebraska do not have to see the question of whether the state should put human beings to death become,a political issue. To me, one of the main reasons for opposing capital punishment is that society should not lower itself to the level of the worst among us. I recognize that many disagree, but I would hope that people on both sides of the issue can recognize the sincerity of divergent views, and agree that the question is not one that needs to be reduced to partisanship. And, indeed that it is an example of the reason why every issue should not be made subject to referendum.

  5. One of the facets of representative democracy is that we elect representatives to consider issues with great care and wisdom, to make decisions that may be wiser than the decisions individual voters might make.

    The United States has experimented with the death penalty for a long time, and it can hardly be called a success, in Nebraska or anywhere else. The costs both financial and emotional are intolerable, to say nothing of the wrongful conviction rate.

    Representatives in Nebraska have decided that it is not justified for many reasons, and I agree with them.

  6. JA: You could not be more wrong. Wise? Do you actually know any state senators? I do and many of them aren’t even moderately bright.

    A few were duped and succumbed to the Left’s long term campaign to delay and delay. This business about buying the drugs is only the latest trick. So the Left asserts that the death penalty is an expensive and ineffective government program that doesn’t work. But the Left created the expense and delay! Dolts.

  7. Lawyers love hypotheticals so here’s one. Suppose that last week fugitive felon Marcus not only murdered Kerrie Oroczo, but also killed a bystander grandma, child under five and another policeman. Recall that the Judge Kopf noted that the felon had a drum magazine. Suppose further that he was captured rather than killed by that brave (and excellent shooting) policeman.

    So no death penalty for Marcus?

  8. Democracy is overrated but why complain if the republic keeps the wanna-be monarchs in check once in awhile?

  9. No. Even if he killed a bus full of cute little nanas including my own on their way to bingo night, no death penalty. Do some people deserve do die? Absolutely, without a doubt – I would pull the trigger myself if it were my grandma.

    However, after looking at the number of exonerations, am I willing to trust the government to never kill the wrong people? Hell no!

    Am I going to ignore my principals just to fry one scumbag? No – that would be hypocritical. It’s called having principals.

  10. We all have the right to judge the actions of the Nebraska legislature. Nebraskans also have the duty to.

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