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Nebraska lawmakers abolish the death penalty; override governor’s veto

roll callNebraska lawmakers overrode Governor Rickett’s veto today and abolished the death penalty in that state. The vote came after hours of floor debate on the issue.

“This is another milestone in the march to complete abolition in this country,” said Rev. Patrick Delahanty, chair of the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Delahanty said that Kentucky has a system as broken as Nebraska’s and a bi-partisan effort to repeal led by lawmakers in both chambers and parties. “This gives us every reason to believe,” he said, “that repeal in Kentucky is only a matter of time. The sooner Kentucky lawmakers follow in the footsteps of the Nebraska action, the sooner we will all be better off.”

The Coalition, informed by the ABA assessment report of 2011, knows that Kentucky has a broken, flawed system that jeopardizes the lives of the innocent, does nothing to bring healing to family members who lost loved ones to murder and wastes taxpayers dollars without providing the justice it promises.

Click here to read the New York Times account of today’s proceedings.

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