Nebraska state officials announced last week the purchase of two drugs that are needed in order to carry out death sentences.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says the drugs have been ordered but not yet received by the Department of Corrections.
Peterson says, “Once those drugs are delivered they will be tested. We already have the protocol set up with these particular drugs to go forward. I think the process of moving forward to determine who the state would go forward to carry out the death penalty will progress.”
Opponents of the death penalty have threatened a legal challenge regarding the source of the drugs. Peterson says in another case in 2012 a judge ruled the source was accurate and the process was appropriate so he doesn’t expect that to be a problem.
Nebraska lawmakers have one final vote on a bill that would repeal the death penalty. Peterson says there is a lot of discussion going on this week before the final vote and we won’t know that outcome until they vote. Governor Pete Ricketts promised to veto any repeal of the death penalty. Peterson says until that third vote takes place will they know if they have enough votes to overcome a veto.