US state of Nebraska abolished death penalty

May 28, 2015 09:04 IST

The US state of Nebraska on 27 May 2015 abolished death penalty after a veto override was passed through the its legislature. This measure was backed by a coalition of conservatives who oppose execution as a form of punishment.

In the unicameral legislature the proposal to abolish death penalty was passed 30 to 19, which is the exact number of votes needed to override Governor Pete Ricketts earlier veto.

With this ban of the capital punishment, Nebraska has joined the league of 18 other states and the federal district of Washington, DC. It also became the first traditionally conservative state in four decades to do so.

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