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Friday, August 19, 2016


The Governor of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts received the Rayner Goddard Act of Courage Award from the comrades of Unit 1012. He favors the use of the death penalty and is working to retain it in his state.

We have watched him fight for justice and the death penalty in Nebraska and want him to know that he has encouraged victims' families and leaders worldwide. We honor and respect him. We hope that more judges and government officials will follow their courageous character. 

Gov. Ricketts' Vetoes Death Penalty Repeal

May 26, 2015

Urges senators to stand with Nebraskans, on the right side of history
Read the full veto message here. Audio here.

Lincoln – This afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed LB268, a bill which would repeal the death penalty in Nebraska. The bill also attempts to repeal the sentences of convicted murderers currently sitting on death row. Governor Ricketts announced his veto at a veto-signing ceremony held at the Nebraska State Capitol at 3:00pm today.

Governor Ricketts was joined at the ceremony by Attorney General Doug Peterson, family members of a victim of the 2002 Norfolk bank shooting, state senators, and members of the law enforcement community.

“Today, I am vetoing LB268 which would repeal the death penalty in Nebraska,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “Repealing the death penalty sends the wrong message to Nebraskans who overwhelming support capital punishment and look to government to strengthen public safety, not weaken it. Under this bill, there is no guarantee that convicted murderers will stay behind bars for life or not harm other innocent victims.”

“The Legislature’s decision will test whether our state has the prosecutorial tools to manage the ‘worst of the worst’ cases. Their decision will determine whether the families of the victims of ten men on Nebraska’s death row will ever receive the justice meted out by a very deliberate and cautious judicial process in each of their cases. Their decision tests the true meaning of representative government. For these reasons, I urge Nebraskans to contact their senator, and ask them to sustain my veto.”

The Governor also pointed out that life imprisonment, as proposed in LB268, is not a thoughtful compromise because it does not guarantee that a convicted murderer will spend his life behind bars. The case of convicted murderer Laddie Dittrich demonstrates this. Dittrich was sentenced to life imprisonment, yet after serving only 40 years in prison, his sentence was commuted by the Pardons Board. He was then paroled, and shortly thereafter arrested for sexually assaulting a young girl. 

“Heinous murderers such as the ten on Nebraska’s death row have surrendered their lives by their own utter disregard for human life,” said Attorney General Peterson. “The state affirms this reality through a sentence of death. The state should not be deprived of its ability to carry out a just sentence.”

“I watched my daughter die over and over again on the security camera footage during the trial and then during the sentencing,” said Vivian Tuttle, mother to 2002 Norfolk bank shooting victim Evonne Tuttle. “The jury said my daughter’s murderer should be put to death, and I believe it is appropriate for justice to be carried out. Senators who vote to override the Governor’s veto of LB268 are preventing justice for my daughter and all of the other families from being carried out.”

“As I have been visiting with senators, I have informed them that the death penalty is an important tool used by prosecutors and law enforcement in tough cases,” said Pierce County Sheriff Rick Eberhardt. “Senators should listen to their county attorneys, juries, as well as judges. Do not second guess their work. This is a matter of local control.”

“The death penalty remains an important tool and protection for Nebraska’s law enforcement community that works firsthand to protect our state against dangerous criminals,” said Brian Petersen of the State Troopers Association of Nebraska (STAN)  in a prepared statement.

“The deterrent effect of capital punishment protects lives, including the lives of our state’s men and women who wear blue. Law enforcement put their lives on the line every day, and they deserve every protection our state can provide to them. Repealing the death penalty strips away one of those protections at a time when law enforcement faces greater risks than ever before. STAN urges senators to sustain the Governor’s veto of LB268.” 

Ricketts supports death penalty referendum in Nebraska
By Matt Breen, Evening Anchor
Posted: Jul 25, 2015 5:50 AM


There's little more than a month to go until a deadline for petitions to put Nebraska's death penalty to a public vote.

If proponents of the death penalty collect about 58,000 signatures, at locations like this one in Nofolk, under state law they will force a statewide referendum on the death penalty in November 2016. If the organizers collect twice that number, the new law repealing capital punishment will be blocked until the referendum.

It's a movement Governor Pete Ricketts supports.

That said, Ricketts admits no one wants to put another human being to death. "We all wish we lived in a society where we didn't have dangerous criminals," said Gov. Pete Ricketts, (R) Nebraska. "But, the fact of the matter is we do have dangerous criminals, and we need the death penalty to protect society, and the law enforcement officers who protect us."

Governor Pete Ricketts on Death Penalty

By Travis Robinson | 
Posted: Sat 1:54 PM, Aug 15, 2015  | 
Updated: Sat 10:41 PM, Aug 15, 2015

The death penalty was repealed back in may, but ever since then Governor Ricketts has been pushing to get a citizen vote for the death penalty. A petition is going around to put the issue on the ballot so that Nebraskans can decide to bring back the death penalty or keep it away. Governor Ricketts says it's not about wanting to kill people, it's about trying to protect others.

"We need to make sure that we've got the right policy in place to be able to protect ourselves and to be able to protect law enforcement." Ricketts said. "Just think about our corrections officers going to our prisons every day and deal with dangerous criminals. We need a sanction beyond just life in prison to be able to make sure we keep them safe."

After the governor spoke with the Republicans he put his signature on the petition for the death penalty himself.

If you are in favor of the death penalty and would like to sign the petition you can find a digital version at


            We, the comrades of Unit 1012: The VFFDP, send our utmost thanks and congratulation to Governor Pete Ricketts. He is our hero in showing his care and love for the murdered victims’ families. We wish that more leaders can take his leadership example and follow it. We will pray for him all the way. 

            If you are a registered Nebraskan voter, please sign the petition and vote to retain the death penalty.


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