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Here we go again, another case of anti-semitism at hand and yes, it’s in Texas:
Randy Halprin is a Jewish death row inmate. His trial judge called him a “fuckin’ Jew” and a “goddamn kike” and said Jews must “be shut down because they controlled all the money and all the power.”
Texas will execute Halprin on Oct 10. https://t.co/pPtCUwX4H1
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) September 5, 2019
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.