The February decision held that since unconsciousness and death are not instantaneous, many condemned prisoners will consciously suffer when electrocuted. The court's majority wrote that the ruling was based solely on state law, making the decision unlikely to be reviewed by the US Supreme Court. Last month, the Nebraska legislature rejected [JURIST report] a bill [LB 1063, PDF] that would have banned the death penalty altogether, replacing it with a sentence of life in prison without parole. Omaha's KETV has more.
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