Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pennsylvania Fights to Execute Mass Murderer

The Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice reported that an attorney for 68-year-old mass murderer George Banks told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that his client is completely psychotic.

State prosecutors argued this week that Banks has moments of clarity and the capability to understand he is facing the death penalty. Pennsylvania which has executed only three men in more than 30 years wants to execute Banks. The three men executed all waived their appeal rights and agreed to be executed.

Banks has been on death row since being convicted of a 1982 shooting rampage in Wilkes-Barre and Jenkins Township that resulted in the death of 13 people.

A Luzerne County judge ruled in May that Banks is incompetent to help his attorneys and unfit for execution. Prosecutors want the Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

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