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Nebraska abolishes death penalty

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by Mickey McLean
Posted 5/27/15, 06:12 pm

Senators in Nebraska’s one-house legislature voted 30-19 Wednesday to eliminate capital punishment in the state, overriding the veto of Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The vote makes Nebraska the first traditionally conservative state to eliminate capital punishment since North Dakota in 1973, as it joins 18 other states and the District of Columbia in banning the death penalty.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the federal death penalty

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by Mary Reichard
Posted 5/26/15, 12:03 pm

A death sentence hangs over 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after a federal jury in Boston condemned him two weeks ago. The same panel convicted Tsarnaev on all 30 charges against him for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.  

His lawyers never disputed the young man’s actions or the carnage that resulted: Three people dead, 17 maimed, and 240 seriously injured. But how can a man be sentenced to death for a crime he committed in the state of Massachusetts, which banned capital punishment more than 30 years ago?

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Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev die?

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by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/23/15, 03:33 pm

The defense attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing case are working hard to keep him from being put to death. Should we cheer their effort?

Let’s think it through. God states in Genesis 9:5, “From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.” But, given our human tendency to strike out in revenge, God also establishes a high bar of evidence before the death penalty is in order.

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