Pardons Board rejects Moore's request

The Nebraska Board of Pardons meets Tuesday (Photo by Fred Knapp, NET News)
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April 17, 2018 - 3:27pm

The Nebraska Board of Pardons rejected convicted murderer Carey Dean Moore’s request for a pardon Tuesday. But that may not be the last time the board deals with Moore’s fate.

Moore was convicted of the separate 1979 murders of Omaha cabdrivers Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland, and has spent nearly 40 years on death row.

Earlier this year, Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson asked the state Supreme Court to set a date for Moore to become the first prisoner executed using the state’s newly-acquired lethal injection drugs.

Moore then requested a commutation of his sentence, saying state officials apparently don’t want to execute him, and because they are lazy or incompetent he should receive a full pardon.

Tuesday, the Pardons Board -- Attorney General Peterson, Gov. Pete Ricketts, and Secretary of State John Gale -- voted unanimously to reject Moore’s request. None commented about the request.

However after the vote, Gale said the board usually considers death row cases after the Supreme Court acts.  “At least within the last 20 years, 25 years, there has been a commutation hearing or pardon hearing -- I guess you could call it either -- for someone on death row who has a writ of execution,” Gale said.

There are also other challenges to the death penalty pending, including over the lethal injection drugs the state intends to use.

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