There has been a lot of controversy over the wording of the ballot measure that would retain or repeal the Nebraska Legislature’s decision to do away with the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov says there is another issue that hasn’t been brought to light yet. He says those who support the repeal believe that criminals will get life with no parole – that isn’t the case.
Polikov says, “The dishonesty in the proponents that want to do away with capitol punishment, they further and even use it in their advertisement that life without parole is better than mistakes being made. In Nebraska there is no life without parole today.”
Polikov says there is a provision for pardon and parole that is constitutional but until the constitution is changed a life sentence wouldn’t mean life without parole. He says he understands this is a difficult decision but they should be “misled by dishonest rhetoric”. He urges people to base their decision on facts and not claims.