Veteran Sen. Ernie Chambers, a professional politician who does not have to worry about term limits, may see his efforts to abolish Nebraska’s death penalty over four decades bear fruit as the bill introduced by the senator has been approved for debate by the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee who voted 8-0 its favor. According to Chambers, 10 Republicans have voluntarily cosponsored the bill in addition to one Democrat.
Many Americans believe more people should be executed and are not happy with this bill
Omaha Sen. Beau McCoy wasn’t part of the proponents of the bill and wasn’t expected to since he successfully filibustered against the repeal of the death penalty two years ago. Chambers says that there are finer aspects are being discussed which includes the practicality of the penalty. Senators want to know how many people have been executed and when the last execution in the state took place?
The governor though of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts, will probably repeal this bill since he believes in the death penalty. This means the senators would have to override his veto.
The electric chair is not the best way
The electric chair is not the answer though. Many people believe three bullets to the heart is quicker and more certain. The electric chair is sloppy and there have been many examples of it failing, only to have to electrocute the criminal again.
Many other people believe why this society allows violent rapists and pedophiles to only serve 5 years in prison and so on?
According to Chambers, the data is going to surprise many of the other lawmakers. If the bill is passed it would allow those charged with the death penalty have their sentence converted to life in prison without parole. Until the state runs out of money for whatever reason and they are released back into society.
McCoy vows to continue fight because violent criminals are being put back into society
Sen. McCoy has promised to continue opposing the bill since the death penalty was an issue he felt strongly about. He said that a majority in the state is on his side and reaffirms his belief that the death penalty is what anyone who commits the most heinous crimes against fellow Nebraskans deserve. The repeal bill is likely to be taken up for debate in April according to the Speaker of the Legislature Galen Hadley.
According to Omaha Nebraska criminal defense attorneys, the bill would need the approval of 30 senators in order to be passed and survive a veto by Gov. Pete Ricketts. The governor is said to be an opponent of the repeal bill and supports the appropriate use of the death penalty, according to spokesman Taylor Gage.
Bill finds many liberal supporters who do not believe in prison or the death penalty
However, among Nebraskans not in support of the repeal bill are not only criminal defense attorneys but religious leaders, families of murder victims, and a retired judge, who have testified before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee. The retired judge, during his tenure, had sentenced a man to the electric chair. One of the only opponents of the repeal bill to testify was Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine who represents the Nebraska County Attorneys Association.
He believes there is a great need for the death penalty in some cases after having tried many cases that included rapists and murderers of innocent children. Kleine has seen the face of evil and wants to vanquish it.
No support from families of murder victims
According to Omaha Nebraska criminal defense attorneys, the last person to be assigned to the electric chair was Robert Williams in 1997. Sen. Chambers hopes to draw support from conservatives. As many as 25 loved ones of murder victims signed a letter in support of the repeal bill. Among them was Miriam Kelle Thimm Kelle whose brother James Thimm was tortured and murdered by a religious cult leader.
According to Kelle, the entire legal process over the last three decades has taken an emotional toll on her family. She is of the opinion that a victim’s family is sentenced when someone is sentenced to death. Someone who is guilty without a doubt of committing a terrible crime should be put down much sooner according to the families. Many people believe three weeks is good.