Public Hearing To Be Held On Lethal Injection Method

A three-drug cocktail and the process of administering it to condemned killers will be tested in the court of public opinion in Nebraska.

On Monday, there will be a public hearing on a proposed, lethal-injection protocol that would replace electrocution as the state’s sole means of execution. Nebraska has been without a means of execution since early last year, when the state Supreme Court ruled electrocution was cruel and unusual punishment.

Nebraska’s proposed protocol lays out specific responsibilities for all involved in executions.

The Corrections Department could make changes to the proposal after the public hearing, before handing it to Attorney General Jon Bruning and Gov. Dave Heineman for final approval.