Just five days after it was signed by the governor the state’s new lethal injection law is being challenged. A motion filed with the state Supreme Court today alleges that the law is unconstitutional and that Raymond Mata Jr.’s death sentence should be replaced with a term of life in prison. Attorney General Jon Bruning tells us that he is confident it is constitutional.
“Crafting of the bill was very, very thorough – we took into account what other states had done and what passed constitutional muster before the U.S. Supreme Court.”
The state Supreme Court threw out the state’s use of the electric chair early last year based on a challenge from Mata and his attorney Jerry Soucie. Mata was convicted for the 1999 kidnapping and killing of 3-year-old Adam Gomez of Scottsbluff.