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February 3, 2008

Could Nebraska become the next state to repeal its death penalty?

As detailed in local articles here and here, debate over the death penalty is heating up again in Nebraska.  Here are a few details from the news report:

Term limits are forcing him out, but Ernie Chambers hopes to leave on a high note.  Once again he's trying to get rid of Nebraska's death penalty.  This time, he has some strong support....  A packed house heard Friday's hearing on Chambers' latest bill. Most who spoke out were against capital punishment.

Curtis McCarty, against the death penalty says, "We make mistakes, we do put innocent people in jail, and we put them on death row." Curtis McCarty was sentenced to die in Oklahoma in 1982. McCarty says, "Confined 23 hours a day to this small cage with very little to do, no social contacts, little contact with family and visitors." After 19 years on death row, a judge made McCarty a free man. "Generally you would feel elated that you were vindicated, but it was more sad then it was anything," McCarty says....

No one testified in favor of the death penalty at Friday's hearing, but there were two County Attorneys who wanted the bill to be clarified,explaining the difference between a sentence of life or a sentence of life without parole.

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This is the begining of the end of the death penalty, I think. Now where will the massive amount of resources that had been previously sunk into the death penalty go? I hope members of the anti-death-penalty crowd will shift focus to reforming our broken criminal justice system.

Posted by: Confused | Feb 3, 2008 10:56:59 AM

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