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What is a plea bargain?

After a felony charge in Nebraska, you could be expecting a prolonged courtroom battle that keeps you from returning to your life for months, or even years, if you are convicted. The American Bar Association explains that depending on your circumstances, a plea bargain may be an option that allows you to skip the trial and negotiate a potentially better outcome with the prosecution.

What are the different classes of felonies in Nebraska?

You likely know from having heard news stories in Lincoln or seen in other forms of popular media that not all criminal offenses are created equal. Yet if you or a loved one have been arrested and charged with a felony offense, are you aware of what may in store for you and your family or friends? Having that knowledge may help better prepare you for the actions that could be to come.

Nebraska Legislature Overrides Veto in Repealing Death Penalty

The 40 years of work put in by Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers to repealing the Nebraska death penalty was realized in late May when the state legislature voted to overturn a gubernatorial veto of Sen. Chambers' bill, LB268. While Governor Pete Ricketts and state Attorney General Doug Peterson both expressed considerable disappointment from the veto override, citing the death penalty as necessary for law enforcement to be most effective. The 30 votes exactly needed to override a veto came in, including from potential swing-voter Senator Tyson Larson who reported having a heavy conscience over the matter. 

Nebraska Legislature Overrides Veto in Repealing Death Penalty

A petition by the Obama administration to grant emergency deferments of illegal immigrants and offer them work permits was shot down in a 2-1 vote by a 5 th Circuit Appeals Court on May 26. Texas and 25 other states have filed lawsuits against the administration over the president's executive action to grant an automatic stay for illegal immigrants, calling Obama's move unconstitutional. 5 th Circuit Judge Jerry Smith remarked that Texas would be excessively burdened financially if forced to give driver's licenses to immigrants who were eligible for deportation deferral. 

Death Penalty Ban Looks to pass Legislature, Override Veto

The Nebraska state legislature passed a bill effectively banning the death penalty on Wednesday and did so by a wide enough margin to override any veto by the governor. LB268 was sponsored by Senator Ernie Chambers and was approved with a 32-15 majority which followed two hours of debate and a filibuster. While the governor claimed the death penalty retained "overwhelming support" in Nebraska, the bill would replace it with a life sentence instead. If Governor Pete Ricketts does veto the bill, 30 votes will be needed for an override. 

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