With death penalty back, Nebraska looks ahead to executions


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Now that Nebraska voters have restored the death penalty, Gov. Pete Ricketts says he plans to meet with the attorney general to discuss how to resume executions.

Ricketts said Wednesday it’s too early to know exactly how the state will acquire the lethal injection drugs it currently lacks or whether Nebraska will change its protocol. Nebraska has struggled to obtain all of the necessary drugs, and Ricketts previously said the state would halt its efforts until after Tuesday’s statewide vote.

Voters overturned the Legislature’s decision last year to abolish capital punishment. A coalition partially financed by Ricketts launched a ballot drive that placed the issue on the ballot after lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto in May 2015.

Ricketts says the vote demonstrates clear public support for capital punishment in Nebraska.

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