A Death Penalty Surprise in Nebraska

I happen to be in the Omaha area on business.

One surprising happening in the state capitol of Lincoln was a vote in the Unicameral to abolish the death penalty in the state.  The vote was enough to override a promised veto by the Governor of the state.  But still, the vote was taken and it passed.

I don’t know what the effect would be on pending cases.  The last execution in Nebraska was reported as in 2007.

I think this is not a bad thing.  My thinking on the death penalty has evolved over the years, from full support to more limited support.  I think that, at a minimum, that since the death penalty is so final, that it should only be imposed when the offender is found guilty beyond a doubt, instead of a reasonable doubt.  Reasonable doubt can should still be used for non death penalty cases.

But this vote, in very conservative Nebraska, is encouraging on several levels, including informed debate at the state level.

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One Response to “A Death Penalty Surprise in Nebraska”

  1. Bill Hensley Says:

    Wow, it was reported today that the Governor of Nebraska vetoed the Legislatures repeal of the death penalty, and then was over-ridden. Amazing.

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