The Nebraska Supreme Court has set a March 6 execution date for a death-row inmate. The execution would be the first in Nebraska since 1997, and its first by lethal injection.
The order came two days after Attorney General Jon Bruning's office filed documents with the high court saying a legal challenge by the inmate's lawyer was frivolous. The lawyer for inmate Michael Ryan had challenged the state's method of obtaining one of three drugs needed to carry out the sentence.
The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services announced in November that it had obtained sodium thiopental, one of three drugs needed to carry out executions by lethal injection, from Swiss company Naari AG. The drug is no longer manufactured in the United States and is in scarce supply worldwide.