Debate on the death penalty is underway at the Capitol.
State lawmakers have begun debate on LB 276 which would eliminate the death penalty in Nebraska.
Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood of Norfolk countered the argument of the sponsor that the legislature should do away with the death penalty, because of flaws in the legal justice system.
“I come from Madison County and I’ll tell you something, there were no mistakes made on what happen in that bank in 2002,” Flood stated, recalling the murders of five people by three men robbing the bank. “Those three men walked in under the cameras with video surveillance and slaughtered five people.”
Others against the measure recount similar horror stories. Many who oppose the bill insist that the death penalty is a deterrent, an argument countered by the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Brenda Council of Omaha.
Council recalled a murderer who killed his victims on the banks of the Missouri River in south Omaha.
“Do you honestly think he thought about the death penalty?” Brenda asked colleagues. “If he did, all he had to do cross the south Omaha bridge and go into Iowa, where there’s no death penalty.”
Eleven inmates sit on death row in Nebraska. No executions have taken place in the state for 17 years. Debate on the bill will resume tomorrow.
AUDIO: Legislative debate on LB 276, which would eliminate the death penalty