A Lincoln senator wants to flip the script on giving consent for sex.
Instead of the common rule of “no means no,” which implies that unless a person says no, the other person in a sexual encounter assumes there’s permission, an affirmative consent would be required.
Silence would not mean it’s OK.
As it is now, state law says a person must express a lack of consent through words or conduct. Read More
LINCOLN — Nebraska’s top prosecutor warned Thursday that those who pay for sex with children in dollars also risk paying in years behind bars.
Attorney General Doug Peterson said police and prosecutors in 2018 will ramp up their use of tools provided by state lawmakers in recent years to combat human trafficking. Under a law enacted last year, soliciting a minor now carries a penalty of 20 years to life in prison.
“From a law enforcement standpoint, the ball has been handed to us,” he said. “So in 2018, I think you’re going to see more proactive operations.”
Using a drone to spy on neighbors, drop drugs into prisons or harass cows could lead to criminal charges under a new bill Nebraska lawmakers will consider later this year.
The measure would impose new safety and privacy rules on the remote-control flying machines that are now used for dozens of jobs throughout the state.
Sen. Carol Blood of Bellevue said she introduced the bill to protect the public without overregulating drones, the kind of technology she said is critical to the state’s economic growth. The Federal Aviation Administration already oversees drones, but Blood said the agency hasn’t addressed all of the public safety concerns.
“We want to make sure we have laws that tell people what our expectations are when they use technology,” she said.
If the measure passes, Nebraska would join 40 other states with laws regulating drones, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws often address how law enforcement agencies and the general public can use the devices.
The Nebraska bill would create a variety of new restrictions for drone users. Pilots who use drones to peep inside homes without permission could face a misdemeanor charge, and so could sex offenders who use drones to violate a protection order. Red More
LINCOLN — Attorneys for Gov. Pete Ricketts argued Friday in court that he simply exercised his rights as a citizen when he participated in a referendum petition that restored Nebraska’s death penalty in 2016.
Lawyers for the ACLU of Nebraska countered that as the state’s top executive, the governor doesn’t get to make law, but when he led and helped fund the referendum petition drive to overturn the Legislature’s death penalty repeal, the governor made law in violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers clause.
Lancaster County District Judge John Colborn heard 50 minutes of legal debate Friday from six different lawyers in a lawsuit that could strike down the 2016 death penalty referendum vote.
Lawyers for Ricketts, Attorney General Doug Peterson, Treasurer Don Stenberg and several other defendants argued that the lawsuit should be dismissed now before engaging in further litigation. Read More.
For the first time, the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office will hire a temporary investigator to work on a big case that it refused to identify.
“It is for a specific case where we anticipate a great deal of background work, a lot of reports from various agencies,” Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly told the County Board, which unanimously approved the hire at its meeting Thursday.
Kelly would not comment after the meeting on whether this investigator would work on one of the state’s most highly publicized cases — the disappearance and death of 24-year-old Lincoln woman Sydney Loofe. Read More.
LINCOLN — A trial judge described the juror as inattentive, with the “attention span of a third-grader.”
On Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of the juror and rejected a request for a new trial by a man convicted of rape.
Jeffrey Huff, who ultimately was sentenced to 12 to 20 years in prison, had challenged his guilty verdict, saying that Lancaster County District Judge Robert Otte had made a mistake by discharging a juror, identified only as “M.F.” Read More
A nearly yearlong investigation into alleged sexual abuse of children and youth in Nebraska’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems showed 50 verified victims in a recent three-year period, the state’s inspector general for child welfare Read more
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