Nebraska Legislature passes repeal of death penalty

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May 21, 2015

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A man holds a sign reading “Death penalty is murder.” (CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters)

LINCOLN, Neb. (CNS) — The Nebraska Legislature May 20 passed a measure to repeal the death penalty with enough votes to override Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts’ promised veto.

Members of the unicameral body gave final approval to the bill with a 32-15 vote.

At a news conference a week earlier, Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha joined about 15 religious leaders, priests and women religious in calling for an end to the death penalty in the state.

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