EFE | Austin, Texas

The Nebraska state legislature on Wednesday approved abolishing the death penalty there in a 30-19 vote, a sufficient majority to avert a veto attempt by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The sponsors of the initiative needed exactly 30 votes to overcome the veto issued Tuesday by Ricketts, whose pressure campaign managed to get two senators who had initially supported abolishing capital punishment in the state to do an about face.

The Nebraska state legislature on Wednesday approved abolishing the death penalty there in a 30-19 vote, a sufficient majority to avert a veto attempt
The Nebraska state legislature on Wednesday approved abolishing the death penalty there in a 30-19 vote, a sufficient majority to avert a veto attempt by Gov. Pete Ricketts. EFE/File
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