Pete Ricketts being sworn in as governor at the State Capitol where he pledged to uphold the Nebraska Constitution. (credit: Governor’s Office)
Pete Ricketts is a “law and order” governor who led a campaign to restore the death penalty in Nebraska after the legislature outlawed capital punishment. Ricketts can be depended upon to be unsympathetic to Edward Poindexter, an imprisoned Black Panther leader accused of murdering a policeman in a bombing ambush. However, it lies within the power of Ricketts to order a sentence commutation review to examine Poindexter’s case for wrongful conviction.
Poindexter and co-defendant David Rice (later Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa) were convicted for the August 17, 1970 murder of Omaha Patrolman Larry Minard at a 1971 trial marred by conflicting police testimony, perjured testimony, planted evidence, and a withheld FBI Laboratory report. The two men were leaders of the National Committee to Combat Fascism…
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