LINCOLN, Neb. — When Nebraska lawmakers defied Gov. Pete Ricketts in 2015 by repealing the death penalty over his strong objections, the governor wouldn’t let the matter go. Ricketts, a Republican who is Roman Catholic, tapped his family fortune to help bankroll a referendum to reinstate capital punishment, a measure the state’s Catholic leadership vehemently opposed.
"Pope’s Death Penalty Stance Won’t Stop Execution, Nebraska’s Catholic Governor Says" is from the August 03, 2018 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Timothy Williams and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.