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Nebraska completes first fentanyl execution

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/14/18, 02:05 pm

Nebraska on Tuesday carried out its first execution since 1997 and the nation’s first lethal injection with a drug combination including the powerful opioid fentanyl. Carey Dean Moore was put to death for murdering two Omaha cab drivers in 1979. He was one of the nation’s longest-serving death row inmates. Nebraska abolished the death penalty in 2015, but it was reinstated via a ballot initiative championed by Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican. His administration changed the state’s lethal injection protocol to overcome challenges in purchasing the necessary drugs. A German pharmaceutical company tried to block the execution by alleging the state had illicitly obtained at least one of its drugs, but a federal judge ruled against it.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 08/14/2018 02:29 pm

    I used to have no problem whatsoever with capital punishment, believed it should be used a lot more. 

    But in the last few years there have been a number of cases of conviction based on police or prosecutorial misconduct, subsequently proven by DNA or revelations of hidden evidence that did not support conviction. 

    That makes me believe the death penalty should be reserved for the most absolutely certain cases of proven guilt and   confession by the perpetrator.  I do hope this case was certain. 

  • TE
    Posted: Mon, 04/08/2019 09:32 pm

    I am right there with you, OldMike.  I used to be pro capital punishment, but years later and through many trials which did involve a close up of our penal system on behalf of someone close to me, I am very disillusioned with our system of justice.  Too many prosecuting attorneys and sometimes police officers determine to nail a subject at all costs (perhaps in spite of facts), or in some cases, tamper with facts and evidence, or withhold the latter.  If there is only a public defender on the job, rather than a well paid lawyer, it too often leaves the poor more of a victim of the system than the rich due to lack of, at least funds, if not motivation.  Irregardless of possible innocence, allegations land people in jail first (for sometimes a year or more) because innocent until proven guilty isn't really a thing.  The lengthy and horrific jail ordeal (which applies to the poor who can't make bail) is sprinkled with court appearances in shackles and chains complete with a general stereotypical disrespect.  After a year or more of a hellish existence that most people would be shocked to have an inkling of, then comes a prison term in a "correctional institution" which is anything but that, and unfortunately pretty much run by gangs. Isolation and strained communication from loved ones is just a small part of the picture.  Post many trials, heartaches, and answered prayers, and a strong belief in Rom. 8:28, I now follow the Innocence Project, and am greately concerned about the percent of wrongful convictions and the percent of cases that are not overturned even months and years after DNA evidence is introduced that would exonerate.  I shudder at the possibility of innocent people on death row due to our messed up system of jusice.  Even with the guilty, I would think the death penalty should be extremely limited, and it should be proven that there is a pattern, not an unusual set of circumstances invoking an uncharacteristic response that could be handled in a truly corrective way.  There are surely better ways in the large majority of cases.  So, like you, I am not opposed to it, but it should be rare and a pattern of maliciousness should be proven by, first and foremost, DNA evidence, and then multiple witnesses, and there should not be a shred of doubt nor a rock left unturned to find it.  

    Posted: Tue, 08/14/2018 04:23 pm

    OldMike - I arrived at the same conclusion following the opposite path.  I always believed execution was wrong, but then found God's instructions for it.  (Genesis 9:6, Exodus 21, Lev 20, Deut 22, among others).   It was one of the many times that I had to accept God's Word even if I didn't agree. 

    It is important to note that God required at least 2 or 3 witnesses to establish a charge against a person (Deut. 19:15).  God further prescribed that no one should be put to death on the word of only one witness (Deut 17:6).  Unlike our society, Biblical Hebrews and early Christians lived in communities that made it easier to judge the credibility and veracity of witnesses.  This would make it much easier to prove or disprove charges.  In our society, it is easy for witnesses to deceive juries and judges, whether maliciously or not, because we don't know the witnesses or anyone who can cast doubt on witness accuracy.  This is demonstrated by DNA evidence clearing convicted inmates.

    I am still uncomfortable with the death penalty, but I recognize God established it for certain crimes.  When someone is sentenced to death, I pray that that the defendant is in fact guilty and that there are no mitigating factors. God knows all; we do not.  Accordingly, we should have safeguards to prevent unjust execution.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 09/15/2018 02:41 am

    I have no problem with the death penalty and wish they would use it more!  There are many who play our legal system and essentially get away with murder!