Botched Ohio Execution Doesn't Change Neb. Plans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lincoln, Neb. (AP) -- Ohio's decision last week to scrap its three-drug lethal-injection protocol following a botched execution is not causing nebraska officials to reconsider using a similar three-drug protocol to replace electrocution.

After a public hearing Monday on Nebraska's proposed protocol, some attorneys said the decision in Ohio to use a one-drug system should give Nebraska officials pause.

Nebraska has been without a means of carrying out the death penalty since early last year when the state supreme court ruled that the electric chair was cruel and unusual punishment.

Nebraska attorney general Jon Bruning said Monday that there's no evidence that using one drug would be significantly safer.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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