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Friday, July 28, 2006

Nebraska sticks with electrocution

Snip from the AP: The state Supreme Court on Friday rejected an inmate’s appeal that the electric chair amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, leaving Nebraska as still the only state with electrocution as its sole means of execution.

No American court has ever ruled that electrocution amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. But as legal challenges were mounted against its use, others states adopted alternative methods of execution, primarily lethal injection.

"Nebraska ... now is alone in the United States, actually in the whole world, in still requiring electrocution," Carey Dean Moore’s lawyer, Alan Peterson, argued to the court. "Nebraska is the last holdout for this universally rejected and condemned sole means of capital punishment."

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