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Nebraska consulting with other states on death penaltyBy NATE JENKINSThe Associated PressPosted: Monday, August 10, 2009 1:00 pm Nebraska officials have obtained advice from execution experts in Kentucky and Texas on a protocol to carry out the state's new lethal-injection law, and say they could have a proposal by this fall."We've been moving this with haste because we knew that we wanted these procedures developed'' as soon as possible,'' said Robert Houston, director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.In May, Nebraska lawmakers and Gov. Dave Heineman approved legislation making lethal injection the means of executing the state's condemned killers. It replaces electrocution, which the state Supreme Court in February 2008 ruled was cruel and unusual punishment.Nebraska was the only state with electrocution as its sole means of execution, and while the lethal-injection law goes into effect Sept. 1, executions can't be carried out until a protocol is developed. Experts have said they don't expect an execution in Nebraska for several years; the last execution in the state was in 1997.There are 11 people on Nebraska's death row.The procedure being developed will specify the drugs used to kill and the sequence in which they will be administered, among other things.It is expected to be similar to the Kentucky protocol, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.Two of the U.S. Supreme Court's nine justices disagreed with the majority but said if Kentucky's lethal injection procedure contained safeguards to ensure inmates were unconscious before they're killed -- such as calling out the inmate's name or shaking him -- they would have found it constitutional.Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning has recommended those concerns be addressed in any injection protocol Nebraska might adopt."A lot of what we do will be similar'' to the Kentucky protocol, Houston said Monday. "-I can't say at this point it will be duplicative.''Unlike in some other states where the execution procedures are kept secret, Nebraska's will be formally considered for approval through a series of public hearings.A final proposal will be reviewed by the attorney general and the governor for final approval.Death-penalty opponents have criticized the state for having a lethal-injection law but lacking a protocol to implement it. In a motion filed with the state Supreme Court less than a week after lethal injection was approved in May, the attorney whose court challenge led to the scrapping of the electric chair argued that lawmakers couldn't delegate the job of devising a protocol to the executive branch.But the state Supreme Court refused to consider the motion filed by Jerry Soucie on behalf of death-row inmate Raymond Mata Jr.Posted in State-and-regional on Monday, August 10, 2009 1:00 pm Updated: 9:54 am.
Published Wednesday February 10, 2010Governor OKs lethal injection mixBy Martha StoddardWORLD-HERALD BUREAULINCOLN -- Gov. Dave Heineman today approved rules and regulations for executing prisoners with a three-drug cocktail.His approval clears the way for the state to resume executing people on death row.The regulations will take effect after being filed with the Secretary of State's office, generally a formality.The rules and regulations carry out a law passed last year that changed the state's method of execution from electrocution to lethal injection.As spelled out in the new rules, Nebraska's execution protocol would be similar to the practices used in other states that carry out the death penalty by lethal injection.It would involve three drugs given in succession -- an anesthetic, a paralyzing agent and, finally, a drug to stop the prisoner's heart.The rules spell out the order and dosage of the drugs.The warden would to do "consciousness checks" after the first drug is administered. The checks are to determine whether the prisoner is anesthetized before giving the second drug, a paralyzing agent.A team of at least 12 people would be required to carry out an execution.None would have to be a licensed health care professional, although two team members would have to get training as emergency medical technicians and in drawing blood and starting IV lines.The execution team would include the department director, the Nebraska State Penitentiary warden, the penitentiary staff communicator, at least seven people to escort the prisoner and a two-person IV team. The IV team is to start an intravenous line and administer the drugs when the director orders.http://www.omaha.com/article/20100210/NEWS97/100219971
Y'know, I'd freely write the lethal injection protocol for those nice folks over in Nebraska... All I'd ask is that they let me perform the first execution so that I can be sure it works properly... One thing did just strike me after reading your post:That room looks like it's going to be very cramped when they stick a lethal injection gurney in there. However, in terms of retrofitting the chamber, I can't imagine it would be too difficult. Just gotta remove the chair (and its associated wiring) and fit the gurney in its place, and then use a hole saw or a paddle bit to drill a channel into the wall to run the IV tubes through to the executioner's room. The generator will invariably be located somewhere in the back, so they'll no doubt strip that out too.