Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"I want to get as many votes as I can to abolish this death penalty...
[O]ver 150 people in the last few years have been taken off death row because they were innocent. I know there are people who want to believe that no innocent person has ever been executed in this country. But when you have this many people conclusively proved by DNA evidence to be actually innocent, there is no escaping the conclusion that innocent people have been executed...
There are cases where prosecutors withheld exculpatory information. They knew that there were bogus pieces of evidence introduced. They knew that there were defendants who were coerced into entering a guilty plea to a crime they had not committed."
Transcript of Nebraska legislature floor debate, legislature.ne.gov, Apr. 16, 2015
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, other relevant advanced degrees, corrections and government officials with significant involvement in, or related to, death penalty issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Nebraska State Senator, Independent, 11th Legislative District (North Omaha), 1970-2007 and 2012-present
Abolitionist of the Month, Death Penalty Focus, July 2015
Recipient, Emperor Has No Clothes Award, Freedom From Religion Foundation, 2015
Member, Douglas and Sarpy County, NE, Learning Community Board, 2009
Recipient, First Amendment Award, Freedom From Religion Foundation, 2005
Committee Lead, Near North Side Police-Community Relations Council, 1966
Cowritten with Tom Osborne, "Damage from Casinos Would Be Long-Lasting," Omaha World Herald, July 1, 2004
"Review of Visions of Freedom on the Great Plains: An Illustrated History of African Americans in Nebraska, by Bertha W. Calloway and Alonzo M. Smith," University of Nebraska Great Plains Quarterly, Mar. 1, 2000
Longest-serving state senator in Nebraska
Only African-American to run for governor and the US Senate in Nebraska
Sued God in 2008 attempting to prove a point regarding frivolous lawsuits
Main character of 1997 PBS documentary Ernie Chambers: Still Militant After All These Years
Appeared in the 1966 Oscar-nominated documentary A Time for Burning