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• Nov. 22, 1985 – George Banks is sentenced to 12 consecutive death sentences. In 1987, he appeals the June 1983 convictions, but the state Supreme Court upholds them


• Feb. 15, 1996 - Gov. Tom Ridge signs a death warrant scheduling Banks' execution for the week of March 3, 1996.


• Feb. 22, 1996 - U.S. District Judge James F. McClure of Williamsport issues stay of execution, clearing way for appeal.


• March 21, 1996 - Banks files his first petition for writ of habeas corpus with the U.S. District Court. It is denied six months later.


• Jan. 14, 1997 - Banks files a second post-conviction petition in Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas and is denied seven months later. The denial is upheld by the Supreme Court in March 1999.


• March 9, 1999 - Gov. Ridge signs the second death warrant, scheduling Banks' execution for April 20, 1999.


• March 26, 1999 - U.S. District Judge McClure issues stay of execution to allow a hearing on Banks' claim he was mentally ill during his trial in Luzerne County.


• Oct. 31, 2001 - A federal appeals court in Philadelphia overturns Banks' death sentence, ruling that the jury's instruction during the trial was unconstitutional. Court says Banks should receive a new death penalty hearing.


• Nov. 14, 2001 - Luzerne County District Attorney David Lupas files court papers requesting the appellate court reconsider its decision. The appeal is rejected one month later. Lupas then files appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.


• June 17, 2002 - U.S. Supreme Court reverses appellate court ruling that threw out Banks' death sentence. Court states that lower court must rule whether new laws regarding jury instruction should apply to Banks case, even though the law did not exist when Banks was convicted.


• January 14, 2003 - The Third Circuit Court of Appeals again overturns George Banks death sentence, reinstating a prior order it issued in 2001.


April 22, 2003: District Attorney's office appeals Third Circuit ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.


• June 24, 2004 -The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated George Banks' death sentence in a 5-4 vote to overturn a federal appellate court ruling that negated Banks' death sentences based on problems with jury instructions during the penalty phase of his 1983 trial.



October 5, 2004 - Then-Gov. Ed Rendell signs a death warrant for Banks – execution set for Dec. 2, 2004


• November 19, 2004 -Banks' attorneys ask the state Supreme Court to stay execution based on the fact that Banks is "chronically psychotic" and incompetent to make decisions on his own behalf regarding his case.


• Dec. 1, 2004 - The state Supreme Court's halts Banks' execution pending a competency hearing. The ruling happened about 27 hours before Banks was scheduled to die by lethal injection.


• October 24, 2005 - Former judge Michael Conahan decides a competency hearing will be held at the prison that houses Banks', SCI Graterford, since Banks had been unavailable for the hearing due to a skin condition.


• March 31, 2006 - Competency hearing held at SCI Graterford.


• Feb. 27, 2006 - Conahan rules Banks incompetent to face death penalty.


• March 27, 2006- Prosecutors appeal to state Supreme Court on Conahan's ruling that deemed Banks incompetent to be executed, arguing the state did not get a fair chance to present its case at a competency hearing.


• December 2007 - State Supreme Court rules Banks can have another competency hearing.


• January 21, 2008 - Attorneys for Banks ask the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision that ordered a new competency hearing for Banks, arguing the high court utilized the wrong legal standard when it reviewed the case.


• August 14, 2008 - Second competency hearing for Banks begins.


• Sept. 8, 2008 - Conahan again rules Banks incompetent to be executed. Prosecutors later appealed that decision.


• August 28, 2009 - State Supreme Court rules that Conahan violated its directive that he provide an "autonomous judicial expression" when he issued an order in September 2008 finding that Banks was too mentally ill to be executed.


• April 27, 2010 - Judge Joseph Augello is assigned Banks case, and begins a third competency hearing on this date.


• May 12, 2010 - After a several-day hearing, Augello rules Banks is incompetent to be executed.


• July 15, 2010 - The state Office of Attorney General asks the state Supreme Court to overturn Augello's ruling that declared Banks incompetent to be executed.


• Sept. 28, 2011 - State Supreme Court unanimously decides Banks will not be executed because evidence at three competency hearings demonstrated that Banks does not have a rational understanding of the reason he is facing death.


• February 6, 2012 - Prosecutors ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the state Supreme Court's ruling that deemed mass murderer George Banks incompetent to be executed. Prosecutors asked the court to address whether the state high court misapplied the law when it upheld Augello's ruling that Banks is too mentally ill to be executed.


• Sept. 24, 2012 - The U.S. Supreme Court will meet at a conference to decide if it will hear the prosecutors' appeal.


 
 
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