Arbitrariness in Nebraska
By the numbers in Nebraska:
205 Nebraska murder cases have been eligible for the death penalty since 1973.
31 of those resulted in death sentences.
3 resulted in executions.
4 death-row occupants died in prison.
10 men now sit on death row. Death sentence was overturned in the rest.
[source: 2007 study by Jerry Soucie of the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy]
("Death penalty pits costs vs. closure," May 3, 2009, Omaha World-Herald)