Jewish member of the Texas Seven has execution halted over anti Semitic allegations . Online


Jewish member of the Texas Seven has execution halted over anti Semitic allegations . Online By and Published: 21:47 BST, 4 October 2019 | Updated: 15:02 BST, 5 October 2019 The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the execution of Randy Halprin, a Jewish member of the infamous Texas Seven, after he claimed the judge at his trial was anti Semitic. Halprin, who was part of the Texas Seven a group of escaped inmates who committed a month long robbery spree that resulted in the death of a police officer argued his trial was biased because the acting judge was a racist and anti Semitic bigot. The 41 year old was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on October 10 before his attorneys intervened. The execution of Randy Halprin, 41,  pictured was halted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals after he claimed the judge in his trial was anti Semitic  Tivon Schardl, one of Halprins attorneys, said: A fair trial requires an impartial judge – and Mr. Halprin did not have a fair and neutral judge when his life was at stake. Todays decision to stay Randy Halprins scheduled execution is a signal that bigotry and bias are unacceptable in the criminal justice system. We are very grateful the CCA has given Mr. Halprin the opportunity to seek a new trial, free of religious discrimination. 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Halprin pictured was convicted in 2003 for his role in the Texas Seven,  a group of escaped inmates who committed a string of robberies and murdered a police officer on Christmas Eve in 2000 The former judge has been accused of believing anti Semitic conspiracy theories and family members have described him as a lifelong racist. Cunningham is also believed to have used racist slurs against other groups, such as frequently using the N word when referring to black people and calling some of Halprins co defendants w asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk asterisk . Halprins lawyers claim Cunningham said people of color would go down in his courtroom and that Jewish people needed to be shut down. When he ran, and eventually lost, as the Republican nominee for the Dallas County commissioner, it was reported by the that he set up a living trust with a clause that rewarded his children if they married a white, heterosexual Christian. Officer Aubrey Hawkins pictured was shot 11 times and killed by the Texas Seven after encountering the group when they were looting a sporting goods store on Christmas Eve in 2000 Cunningham vehemently denies being a bigot and that his views on interracial marriage have changed. Halprin, along with six other inmates who became known as the Texas Seven, escaped a South Texas prison in December 2000. They committed several robberies while on the run from law enforcement, but their weeks long crime spree escalated to murder on Christmas Eve of that year. While looting a sporting goods store, the group encountered Officer Aubrey Hawkins after he dispatched to the store after reports of a robbery. Hawkins was ambushed and fatally shot 11 times by the Texas Seven. The group was apprehended by authorities a month later in Colorado after a six week manhunt. Members of the Texas Seven clockwise from top left: Joseph C. Garcia; Halprin; Larry Jame Harper; Patrick Henry Murphy Jr; Michael Anthony Rodriguez; George Rivas; and Donald Keith Newbury One of the inmates killed himself as law enforcement closed in and the remaining six were convicted of killing Hawkins, resulting in all five receiving the death penalty. Halprin received his death sentence in 2003.   Four of the inmates have already been executed. Apart from Halprin, only the getaway driver, Patrick Murphy, is still alive. Murphy was scheduled to be executed in March of this year, but skirted the execution after the Supreme Court ruled the state acted unconstitutionally by not allowing a Buddhist spiritual adviser inside the execution chamber. Murphys execution has been rescheduled for November. Both men claim they did not shot Hawkins, but under the Texas law of parties they are held criminally responsible for the actions of another person if they are engaged in a conspiracy. By posting your comment you agree to our . 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