"One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted." - Oscar Wilde

Friday, May 29, 2015

Nebraska: Challenge to Repeal of the Death Penalty

Doug Peterson, the attorney general of Nebraska, said he would challenge the constitutionality of the state’s new law repealing the death penalty. 

The bill, which was passed on Wednesday after lawmakers overrode a veto from Gov. Pete Ricketts, replaces the death penalty with life imprisonment in Nebraska. 

But Mr. Peterson, who has been a vocal opponent of the bill, said on Thursday that he believed the law was unconstitutional because it effectively changed the sentences of the 10 inmates on death row. 

One senator who opposed repeal of the death penalty has begun another effort to fight the new law and is trying to collect at least 115,000 signatures from registered voters, which would force a voter referendum in 2016.

Source: The New York Times, Julie Bosman, May 28, 2015

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