And Justice for All?
Driving home this evening, I heard that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is about to commit yet another travesty of justice.
Convicted mass murderer George Banks was scheduled to be executed this week by the Commonwealth. True to form, after 22 years in prison, somebody finally convinced our Supreme Court that he's,...get this,...."mentally incompetent!"
For now, his case has been remanded back to Luzerne County (site of the crime) for further mental health screenings!
My thoughts on this are about to make me sound like a racist pig, but tough!
Yes, there is a racial aspect to this story: George Banks is black. Four of his victims were his white girlfriends. An additional five victims were his children by these four women. The other four victims were also white.
His motivation? In part, it was a pre-emptive strike for a race war he perceived was in the making and partially because he didn't want his children to suffer from an racial prejudice because they were biracial.
The other racial element?
One of the last people to be executed in Pennsylvania was Gary Heidnik (July 6, 1999). Gary Heidnik was also a mass murderer. He was a white, middle-class man who abducted, tortured, raped and eventually killed four black and/or Hispanic women.
Funny,..when he was executed (and he deserved it) there was very little hue and cry over his mental competency (BTW - he made over $500K in the stock market).