Opponents Speak Out Against Nebraska Death Penalty
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Death-penalty opponents are pleading with lawmakers to
end capital punishment in Nebraska, appealing to their religious and financial
sensibilities and arguing that the state has applied it unfairly.
Opponents asked lawmakers Wednesday to advance a repeal measure by state
Sen. Ernie Chambers. Chambers, of Omaha, is the Legislature's most outspoken
The sister of murder victim James Thimm testified that the death penalty has
prolonged her family's suffering by keeping her brother's killer in the public
eye. Thimm's killer, Michael Ryan, has sat on Nebraska's death row for more
than 25 years.
Chambers has three co-sponsors on the Legislature's Judiciary Committee, who
together make up half of the panel.
The Nebraska County Attorneys Association opposes the bill.