The Texas Criminal Appeals Court abolished Randy Halprin’s death sentence in 2019, now deciding whether to re-trial him.
Dallas Criminal District Court Judge Leela Mays recommended that Halprin be eligible for a new trial after Judge Vickers Cunningham ruled that he may have been discriminated against. Religion.
In his findings, Judge Mays wrote that White Judge Cunningham, “Halprin had a real, subjective bias against Halprin because he was a Jew, and Judge Cunningham’s anti-prejudices created a risk of objectively intolerable bias.”
She told Halprin, who was convicted and sentenced to death in the “Texas Seven” police office on Christmas Eve in 2000, “a new fair trial.”
Halprin had alleged in court documents that Judge Cunningham was described as “ap *** Jewish” after the trial and used derogatory terms for a Jewish person.
Judge Cunningham ran for Dallas County Commissioner’s seat in 2018, and his estranged brother, a retired judge who married a black man, was a lifelong racist.
She alleges that Judge Cunningham promised to reward her children financially if they married white people of the opposite sex.
Judge Cunningham told the Dallas Morning News that although he was not a racist, he had created a living trust for his children with the condition described by his brother.
“I strongly support traditional family values. If you marry a person of the opposite sex, you’re Caucasian, it’s Christian, they get distribution,” he told the newspaper.
He denied that his views had any effect on his work as a judge in Dallas County, which he had for a decade.
Halprin’s appeal for the new trial was backed by more than 100 Jewish lawyers in the state.
“When you have judges who are prejudiced against you and say horrible things about your religion or your race behind your back, you don’t have a fair trial,” lawyer Mark Stanley told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.
Independent and non-profit Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ) has launched a joint campaign calling for the end of capital punishment in the US. RBIJ has attracted over 150 celebrity signatories against the execution of their business leaders – the latest in The Independent list. As part of this initiative, we are joining high-level officials such as Ariana Huffington, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, and pledging the injustices of the death penalty in our jurisdiction.