(Neb)-Judge Rejects Challenge To Lethal Injection Protocols
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A district judge has tossed out a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's lethal injection protocol, the second time in recent months a court has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block the state's efforts to resume executions after more than two decades.
The latest ruling is on technical grounds, with the Lancaster County district judge ruling that the two death penalty opponents who filed the lawsuit, State Senator Ernie Chambers and the Reverend Stephen Griffith, lacked standing to do so.
Chambers and Griffith alleged in their suit that Nebraska's execution protocol was developed without following state law and procedures, and they asked that all executions be halted until a proper protocol is implemented.
The decision follows state Attorney General Doug Peterson's request to the Nebraska Supreme Court that it speed up its decision on issuing a death warrant for this summer for an inmate on death row.
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