Nebraska is the 19th country that decided to stop the hands of executioners. The Legislative Assembly of the State chose to abolish death penalty. In order to take the decision, they voted three times in order to reach a verdict and they finally chose to abolish death penalty, 30 in favor and 19 against it. Since the majority of voters were in favor, governor Pete Ricketts cannot use his veto power. The members of the Parliament had voted three times in order to abolish death penalty but the governor of Nebraska stopped it.
“Words cannot express my surprise in front of the loss of such an important tool in protecting officers and families of Nebraska – said the governor, who recently paid $55,000 to an Indian pharmacy to buy pentobarbital – we are not in California or Texas; here we do not have hundreds of prisoners waiting to die, we use death penalty as a form of justice and prudence”.
The new law exchanged death penalty with life sentence. Many Republicans want to vote in favor because of moral and religious reason, because it is expensive and inefficient against criminality. In addition, many senators highlighted that Nebraska death penalty has not been used since 1997.
In 2007 Maryland, Connecticut, Illinois, New Mexico and New Jersey abandoned death penalty, every execution was interrupted waiting for the verdict of the High Court, which has to choose whether death penalty is a “cruel and unusual punishment”. In that case, it would be in contrast with the constitution.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa