Economist Ernie Goss defends his study that estimates the death penalty costs Nebraska $14.6 million annually in face of criticism from Attorney General Doug Peterson.
Goss released the study Monday during a news conference held by Retain A Just Nebraska, a group working to uphold the legislature’s repeal of the death penalty.
Goss actually calls his cost estimate of more than $14 million conservative.
“I think I’ve done a good job on this. I am very confident of the results. I stand behind those results,” Goss tells reporters during a news conference in Lincoln Thursday.
Goss dismisses Attorney General Peterson’s contention that he “grossly overstated” the cost of capital punishment.
“I think if anything I am on the low side, but as I said I am confident of these results, statistically speaking and that’s what economists do,” according to Goss. “We don’t speak anything else, but statistics.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]