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Dallas, TX - Execution Date Set For Jewish Death Row Inmate Who Says Judge Was Anti-Semitic

Published on: July 9, 2019 03:30 PM
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2003, file photo, death row inmate Randy Halprin, then 26, sits in a visitation cell at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas. Halprin, a Jewish death row inmate who was part of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners, has filed an appeal claiming the former county Judge Vickers Cunningham, who convicted him, was anti-Semitic and frequently used racial slurs. Halprin argues that Cunningham should've recused himself. (AP Photo/Brett Coomer, File)FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2003, file photo, death row inmate Randy Halprin, then 26, sits in a visitation cell at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas. Halprin, a Jewish death row inmate who was part of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners, has filed an appeal claiming the former county Judge Vickers Cunningham, who convicted him, was anti-Semitic and frequently used racial slurs. Halprin argues that Cunningham should've recused himself. (AP Photo/Brett Coomer, File)

Dallas, TX - An execution date has been set for a Jewish death row inmate in Texas who filed an appeal alleging that the judge in the case was anti-Semitic and racist.

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Dallas County Judge Lela Mays on Wednesday approved an Oct. 10 execution date for Randy Halprin.

Halprin, 41, was part of the “Texas 7” group of prisoners who escaped from the John B. Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas, on Dec. 13, 2000; six were apprehended over a month later. One committed suicide.

They were convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a Texas police officer who responded to a robbery perpetrated by the prisoners. Four of the prisoners already have been executed.

Halprin said in the appeal filed in May that Judge Vickers Cunningham referred to him using anti-Semitic language and should have recused himself from his case. Cunningham sentenced Halprin to death in 2003.

“Mr. Halprin’s trial judge, who presided over the death-penalty trial, made critical decisions about what evidence the jury would hear, and sentenced Mr. Halprin to die, was biased against Mr. Halprin, referring to him as a “f****n’ Jew” and a “G*****n k**e,” Halprin’s attorney, Tivon Schardl, said in a statement.

“No execution can proceed until the courts have time to consider the important new evidence that bigotry infected Mr. Halprin’s legal process. Ultimately, the Constitution requires that Mr. Halprin must have a new trial and sentencing hearing, free of discrimination and bias.”

Before escaping as part of the “Texas 7,” Halprin was serving a 30-year sentence for physically abusing a 16-month old child.



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 Jul 09, 2019 at 03:57 PM Anonymous Says:

I hope we don't make a chillul hashem trying to save this cop killer

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 Jul 09, 2019 at 04:24 PM curious Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

I hope we don't make a chillul hashem trying to save this cop killer

If the judge indeed said those words, he has no business residing over a Jew's destiny. If it were any other race, or group, they would not stand for it. Neither should we!

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 Jul 09, 2019 at 04:40 PM Barzilai Says:

Don't be silly. He didn't kill any cops. He was an accomplice to a felony murder. A felony murder is when a death occurs, even inadvertently, in the course of the commission of a felony. And he wasn't even the one that killed the cop. He was an accomplice to a felony murder.
On the other hand, he apparently molested an infant. Without knowing the facts of the case, I would venture to guess that this might have also been a very, very, bad thing.

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 Jul 09, 2019 at 04:50 PM Anonymous Says:

In Texas, you do the crime, you do the time, or worse; they don't fool around there as is the case in NY, and other states.

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 Jul 09, 2019 at 05:54 PM Anonymous Says:

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Barzilai Says:

Don't be silly. He didn't kill any cops. He was an accomplice to a felony murder. A felony murder is when a death occurs, even inadvertently, in the course of the commission of a felony. And he wasn't even the one that killed the cop. He was an accomplice to a felony murder.
On the other hand, he apparently molested an infant. Without knowing the facts of the case, I would venture to guess that this might have also been a very, very, bad thing.

so molesting is worse then murder? you need help!

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 Jul 09, 2019 at 07:41 PM Arielski Says:

He’s had almost twenty years to bring this up. I don’t believe it.

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 Jul 09, 2019 at 09:11 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

We have a story about some killer in Texas, but nothing about Jeffrey Epstein, a young man from Brooklyn.

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 Jul 09, 2019 at 11:08 PM ubgeriser Says:

Reply to#5
Do you realise that a molested victim lives every minute of his life as being murdered over and over. In certain cases being death for a molested child is better than being alive. Speak to your Dr. about this. Please let's not get carried away from the main topic of this news article.

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 Jul 09, 2019 at 11:31 PM Barzilai Says:

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Anonymous Says:

so molesting is worse then murder? you need help!

he did not murder any one. he was a robber whose friend killed some one while they were robbing. no long words. very simple. clear enough yet?

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 02:10 AM HeshyEmes Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I hope we don't make a chillul hashem trying to save this cop killer

Agreed. The more publicity this case generates; the larger the Chilul Hashem. Maybe he'll do Klal Yisroel a solid (a chessed), and kill himself.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 11:11 AM commonsense99 Says:

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Barzilai Says:

he did not murder any one. he was a robber whose friend killed some one while they were robbing. no long words. very simple. clear enough yet?

NO they didn't kill some random person, they killed the responding police officer and 4 of that group already met their maker

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 11:29 AM Anonymous Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

We have a story about some killer in Texas, but nothing about Jeffrey Epstein, a young man from Brooklyn.

Instead of worrying about Jeffrey Epstein, why don't you be more concerned about the fifteen 9/11 hijackers who were from your country of residence, and how the Saudi government intelligence service was complicit. Also, what about the involvement of the Prince of Saudi Arabia in the murder of a Saudi journalist, who was a permanent US resident? I haven't seen you protesting that to the Saudi authorities where you live.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 12:48 PM BaruchMordecai Says:

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Barzilai Says:

he did not murder any one. he was a robber whose friend killed some one while they were robbing. no long words. very simple. clear enough yet?

What does the law say? Probably if you are a party to a crime with a murder you are guilty of the whole crime equally. So he’s guilty if that is the law.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 02:36 PM walkinsilence Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I hope we don't make a chillul hashem trying to save this cop killer

The article reports that his connection to the "cop killers" was only escaping with them. Where are sources that that link him to them?

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 04:14 PM Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

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walkinsilence Says:

The article reports that his connection to the "cop killers" was only escaping with them. Where are sources that that link him to them?

The article says "...They were convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a Texas police officer who responded to a robbery perpetrated by the prisoners..."

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 06:04 PM kibachabatochnu Says:

What's his jewish name and his mothers name so we could daven for him?

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 08:10 PM morahB Says:

Reply to #10: bein kach u'bein kach, boniy heim : Even the worst among us is beloved by Hashem. Don't you have some (small, hopefully) shortcomings that you want Hashem to overlook and accept you? How is this man's Yiddishe neshamah less worthy than yours?

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 06:12 AM commonsense99 Says:

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morahB Says:

Reply to #10: bein kach u'bein kach, boniy heim : Even the worst among us is beloved by Hashem. Don't you have some (small, hopefully) shortcomings that you want Hashem to overlook and accept you? How is this man's Yiddishe neshamah less worthy than yours?

Shortcomings? a huge difference between eating a food with a questionable hecksher and being part of a gang that killed a responding officer in cold blood, I thought it was insane that they made Martin Grossman a celebrity after killing a cop, this case is far more clear this guy knew what he was doing.

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 Jul 11, 2019 at 01:13 PM Anonymous Says:

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commonsense99 Says:

Shortcomings? a huge difference between eating a food with a questionable hecksher and being part of a gang that killed a responding officer in cold blood, I thought it was insane that they made Martin Grossman a celebrity after killing a cop, this case is far more clear this guy knew what he was doing.

You think that the deviant, Grossman didn't know what he was doing, when he beat 26 year old wildlife officer Margaret Park, and shot her in the back of her head with her own gun? He got what he deserved; this deviant will also get what he deserves.
Yesterday, I was reading an article written by the wife of a surviving Rabbi of the Tree of Life Synagogue massacre, in Pittsburgh. She stated that she is against the death penalty for the killer. Her reasoning is dumb, as leniency towards that mass killer, will only encourage other Nazis to repeat what he did. Also, Jews on this site always call for the death penalty for Arab terrorists who murder Israelis. Yet, when one of our own engages in heinous crimes against others, we are always calling for mercy. This idiotic double standard must end, now.

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