Majority of Lawmakers Favor Death Penalty Method Change

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An overwhelming majority of state lawmakers favor changing Nebraska's form of execution from the electric chair to lethal injection, but doing so could prove difficult.

In a pre-season survey of lawmakers by the AP, 32 said the state should switch to lethal injection and two said they were leaning that way.

Five said they were opposed to such a move and five were leaning that way. Five did not answer the question.

It was one of three crime-related questions on the survey.

Most lawmakers say that because Nebraska is the only state with electrocution as its only method of execution, it's just a matter of time before a court deems it cruel and unusual punishment.

If that happens, Nebraska would be left without a method of execution.

But as he had done in the past few years, Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha is again vowing to stop a lethal injection measure from being adopted.

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