LINCOLN — Governor Ricketts says Nebraska won’t try to obtain the drugs needed to perform lethal injections until the voters decide whether or not to abolish the death penalty.
The state had been struggling to buy the drugs. It spent $54,000 trying to get them from an Indian distributor earlier this year, but the federal government said it can’t be done legally. Attorney General Doug Peterson may be facing legal ramifications related to this move.
Ricketts added that no execution will take place before the vote. Nebraska hasn’t executed anyone since 1997.