A Texas death row inmate who was part of the “Texas 7” gang could be given a new trial based on evidence that his trial judge carried his hateful beliefs.
Dallas Criminal District Judge Leila Mays led the Texas Court of Criminal Appeal’s recommendation on whether Randy Halprin, a Jew, should receive a new trial because of the bias of trial judge Vickers Cunningham. Halprin was originally scheduled to take effect on October 10, 2019.
In a signed order with the 23 Judicial Districts of Dallas County, Judge Moyes found that Halprin’s relief should be granted, noting that “Halprin has raised the issue of judicial bias, alleging that his judge, Judge Vickers Cunningham, was biased against him because Halprin is Jewish. ”
Evidence shows that Cunningham has “deep animosity and prejudice against Jews” and that he has a “long history of making offensive and derogatory remarks about the Jewish people and other ethnic and religious minorities.”
Halprin 1 appeared in court again on July 14, where his lawyers argued whether Cunningham had prejudice against him during the 200unning trial.
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Cunningham was in the spotlight for making remarks during the Republican primary for the Dallas County commissioner’s seat in 2018. Dallas Morning News That she strongly supports traditional family values and if her children “marry someone of the opposite sex who is Caucasian, that Christian, they will get a distribution.”
Court records show that Tammy McKinney, who grew up with Cunningham, regularly heard him use offensive language against Jews.
According to court documents, at the time the case went to trial, it was widely known that Halpin was a Jew.
Halpin was already serving a 30-year sentence for hitting a child before the Christmas Eve robbery in 2000. Halparin and six other detainees escaped from the Connolly unit in South Texas and snatched an Oshmam’s sports equipment, killing the Irving police officer. Aubrey Hawkins, NBC News reported.
This is an ongoing lawsuit.
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