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US state poised to abolish the death penalty

US state poised to abolish the death penalty; first conservative state to do so since 1973

US state poised to abolish the death penalty

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill abolishing the death penalty with enough votes to override a promised veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The 32-15 vote on Wednesday was bolstered by conservative senators who oppose capital punishment for fiscal, religious and pragmatic reasons.

If that vote holds in a veto override, Nebraska would become the first conservative state to repeal the death penalty since 1973.

Nebraska hasn't executed a prisoner since 1997, and some lawmakers have argued that constant legal challenges will prevent the state from doing so again.

Ricketts has vowed a veto, and announced last week that the state has bought new lethal injection drugs to resume executions.

Maryland was the last state to abolish capital punishment, in 2013. Thirty-two states have death penalty laws.


Updated : 2021-09-27 02:19 GMT+08:00