News That will Drive You To Drink

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Here we go again, another case of anti-semitism at hand and yes, it’s in Texas:

But there might be some hope: Jewish groups call to halt execution of death row inmate who says his judge was anti-Semitic

A number of Jewish groups and lawyers are urging the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to stay the scheduled execution of a Jewish inmate who said his judge was anti-Semitic.

In July, Dallas County Judge Lela Mays approved an Oct. 10 execution date for Randy Halprin, who was part of the “Texas 7” group of prisoners who escaped from a prison in the state in 2000. They were convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a police officer who responded to a robbery they committed. Four of them already have been executed.

But Halprin, 41, said in an appeal in May that the judge who sentenced him in 2003, Vickers Cunningham, referred to him using anti-Semitic language. He wants a new trial.

Judge Cunningham, the article notes, is an all-purpose bigot! Let’s see how many groups he can offend in one fell swoop: he set up a trust for his children that would reward them “if they marry a white Christian of the opposite sex.” That’s a bigot’s bigot.

Back to the story!

On Thursday, the American Jewish Committee, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Men of Reform Judaism and Union for Reform Judaism filed an amicus brief in support of his appeal. More than 100 Jewish Texas lawyers signed on to the brief.

The brief said the issue at stake was not whether Halprin was guilty or not.

“[T]hose issues are irrelevant, because questions of guilt and punishment follow a fair trial; they do not precede it,” it reads. “And if Judge Cunningham is the bigot described in the application, a fair trial has not yet happened.”

The groups call for the court to “stay the applicant’s scheduled execution, and remand this case to the trial court for findings of fact and conclusions of law.”

Full disclosure: MPS is deeply and profoundly against the death penalty in all instances. We hope that justice prevails.

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5 Responses to News That will Drive You To Drink

  1. roket says:

    Interesting. A white Christian of the opposite sex. Depending on the amount of money we’re talking about, it could be very simple to make a white Christian of the opposite sex an offer they couldn’t refuse. Those without original birth certificates need not apply.


  2. MDavis says:

    What, there aren’t any gentiles in Texas willing to step up?


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  4. Dennis Cole says:

    TG – I’m with you all the way on that death penalty thing. It never did make any sense to me that we kill people to show other people that it’s wrong to kill people.


  5. Ivory Bill Woodpecker says:

    I once supported the death penalty, before I learned how often the wrong people are convicted of crimes in this country, whether the crimes are capital or not.


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