No. 1: Carey Dean Moore executed
In August, condemned prisoner Carey Dean Moore, who had seven previous execution dates set and then set aside in his 38 years on death row, became the first Nebraska prisoner in 21 years to be executed. Moore, 60, was handed the death sentence in 1980 for the 1979 murders of Omaha cab drivers Maynard Helgeland and Reuel Van Ness Jr. It was the first time the state had used lethal injection to execute somebody and the first time fentanyl had been used in an execution in the United States. There also was a lawsuit by media and the ACLU to force the state to reveal from whom it got the lethal injection drugs and another lawsuit by two drug manufacturers aimed at stopping the state from using two drugs in the lethal injection cocktail.