Opponents analyze death penalty costs ahead of repeal debate

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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN — A new analysis by opponents of the death penalty indicates that capital punishment cases in Nebraska are appealed nearly five times more and take more than twice as long to litigate as cases in which life in prison is the maximum sentence.

The study, its author said Friday, is intended to provide “hard evidence” that the added expense and extra court time involving death penalty cases is not worth it because it has resulted in only three executions in 40 years.

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