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)