Omaha Public Radio News
2:29 pm
Thu May 28, 2009

Nebraska Governor signs lethal injection bill in to law

Lincoln, NE – Lethal injection will soon be the sole means of execution in Nebraska.

Thursday, Governor Dave Heineman signed in to law a bill that implements lethal injection as the method of execution for death row inmates. The bill came about following a 2008 Nebraska Supreme Court ruling that execution via electrocution was cruel and unusual punishment.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says there will be safeguards in place to ensure that lethal injection is carried out properly.

There are 11 inmates currently on death row in Nebraska.