American Jewish organizations urge a Texas state court to stay the execution of a Jewish prisoner in death row because the judge presiding over his trial would be anti-Semitic.
The Union for Reform Judaism, the American Jewish Committee and more than 100 Jewish lawyers in Texas filed an amicus letter in support of Randy Halprin on Thursday.
Halprin, 41, is scheduled to be killed on October 10.
Jewish organizations are requesting a postponement of execution in the light of reports that the judge dealing with the Halprin case, Vicker's "Vic" Cunningham, made countless anti-Semitic remarks.
Randy Halprin (left), 41, is in death row in Texas after being convicted of his role in the shooting of a police officer in 2000. His lawyers are requesting a new trial after being asserted that the president in his case, Vickers Cunningham (right), is anti-Semitic
He was convicted of his role in the so-called "Texas Seven" gang – a group of seven prisoners who escaped from a prison in South Texas in December 2000. He can be seen above after an extradition session in Colorado in January 2001
After their escape, they committed several robberies, including one from a sports store on Christmas Eve. Aubrey Hawkins (above), a police officer who responded to the call about the robbery in the store, was lured into an ambush and shot 11 times
Halprin's lawyers claim that Cunningham, 57, referred privately to their client as "that f *****" Jew "and a" g ***** n k ***. "
The former judge also claims that he has beliefs about Jewish conspiracies, according to Huffington Post.
Halprin's lawyers say that their client's constitutional rights have been violated because the judge presiding over his case was not impartial.
Halprin is currently locked up in the infamous all-solitary Allan B. Polunsky unit in Livingston, Texas
"Judges Cunningham's prejudices, bias and animus against him prevent him from being the impartial judge who requires the Due Process Clause of the Constitution," said Halprin lawyers.
"His central role in the process from start to finish is a structural defect and requires that the judgment of conviction and the death penalty be abandoned."
According to the Dallas Morning News, Cunningham also often used the N word when referring to black people.
He caught national attention last year when he narrowly lost a race to become the Republican candidate for a Dallas County commissioner.
It was learned during the race that Cunningham set up a living trust with a clause that rewarded his children if they married a white, heterosexual Christian, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Cunningham has denied being a fool. He also says that his views on racial marriage have evolved.
Halprin is currently locked up in the infamous lone Allan B. Polunsky unit in Livingston, Texas.
He was convicted of his role in the so-called "Texas Seven" gang – a group of seven prisoners who escaped from a prison in South Texas in December 2000.
After their escape, they committed several robberies, including one from a sports store on Christmas Eve.
Aubrey Hawkins, a police officer who responded to the call about the robbery in the store, was lured into ambush and shot 11 times.
The escaped prisoners were arrested a month later in Colorado and ended a six-week manhunt.
One of them committed suicide when the officers were closed and the other six were convicted of killing Hawkins and sentenced to death.
Members of the & # 39; Texas Seven & # 39; clockwise from top left: Joseph C. Garcia; Halprin; Larry Jame Harper; Patrick Henry Murphy Jr. Michael Anthony Rodriguez; George Rivas; and Donald Keith Newbury
Four of the prisoners have already been executed.
In March of this year, the Supreme Court stopped the execution of one of the members of the Texas Seven, Patrick Murphy, after judging that the state was acting unconstitutional by not leaving his Buddhist priest in the execution room.
His execution is now scheduled for November.
Murphy says he was the escape driver and played no role in the Hawkins murder.
But the & # 39; law of the parties & # 39; in Texas states: & # 39; If, in an attempt to commit a conspiracy to commit a crime, another crime is committed by one of the conspirators, all conspirators are guilty of the crime actually committed, although they are not intention to commit if the crime was committed to promote the unlawful purpose and there was one that should have been anticipated as a result of the execution of the conspiracy. & # 39;
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