Gov. Pete Ricketts rejects a claim by the ACLU the state illegally obtained drugs for lethal injection.
“The ACLU is fabricating charges in a desperate attempt to try to overturn the will of the people in Nebraska,” Ricketts tells reporters during a news conference on another topic. “That’s about all I can say about that.”
The ACLU claims Nebraska misrepresented how it planned to use the drugs when it purchased them.
Ricketts says he has no problem with how the state obtained the drugs.
“No,” Ricketts replies. “I think it’s a desperate attempt by the ACLU.”
Ricketts says the state bought the drugs specifically to use in executions.
The ACLU has asked the United States Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate how state officials obtained the drugs it plans to use for lethal injection. Specifically, the ACLU accuses the state of misrepresenting how it planned to use the drugs when it made its application to the DEA drug registration. It asks the DEA to intervene and prevent the drugs from being used in an execution.
Nebraska has given notice it has secured diazepam, fentanyl citrate, cisatracurium besylate and potassium chloride; the drugs needed for lethal injection.
Nebraska held its last execution in 1997.