New group will oppose Nebraska death penalty referendum

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Death penalty opponents are joining forces to oppose a ballot campaign that could reinstate capital punishment in Nebraska, the new coalition announced Thursday.

Nebraskans for Public Safety said it will advocate for “smart alternatives” to the death penalty and argue to the public that the punishment abolished by lawmakers is broken beyond repair.

The group formed in response to another coalition, Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, which launched a petition drive to put capital punishment on the ballot in 2016. In a landmark vote last month, Nebraska lawmakers overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto and repealed the death penalty.

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JUNE 15, 2015  |