Just four months after the death penalty was banned in Nebraska, a pro-death penalty group there is one step closer to having it reinstated. Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, a group backed by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, submitted the requisite number of signatures to postpone the repeal and and place a referendum on the issue onto the 2016 ballot.
Proponents of the death penalty say it's appropriate punishment for the most heinous murders and can act as a deterrent to crime. Opponents have launched two lawsuits they hope will keep the question off the ballot. The Nebraska legislature overrode a veto by Governor Ricketts to abolish the death penalty in Nebraska in June.
Paul Hammel, Lincoln bureau chief for the Omaha World-Herald, joins Here & Now host Robin Young to discuss the issue.
This segment aired on October 19, 2015.