In addition to the public, local activist groups and politicians also released statements.
"The 38-year-long journey to this execution further proves what we’ve been saying all along: The ACLU believes the death penalty in America is a broken process from start to finish and should be abolished nationwide. Governor Ricketts has carried out a lethal injection shrouded in secrecy. This execution of Carey Dean Moore does not comport with Nebraska’s proud tradition of open government. Today stands as the most recent dark chapter in Nebraska's troubled history with the death penalty. Nebraskans of goodwill have different beliefs about the death penalty, but it is troubling and curious why Governor Ricketts made the death penalty his signature issue. More states are turning away from capital punishment and our crisis-riddled corrections system in Nebraska remains severely overcrowded and under-resourced, fostering human rights violations and impacting our shared public safety goals."
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson
"Earlier today, the State of Nebraska carried out the death sentence ordered by the Nebraska Supreme Court. The Nebraska Department of Justice and the Department of Corrections have carried out the judicial system's final order. Our sympathy is extended to the families of Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland for the loss of their loved ones nearly 39 years ago. Today's somber even serves to provide a measure of closure for what has been a lengthy enactment of justice."
Nebraska Department of Corrections Director Scott Frakes