A Texas prisoner sentenced to death who is Jewish could face a new trial after alleging that the judge in his case was anti-Semitic.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which halted the execution of Randy Halprin in 2019, will now rule whether he should be tried again.
Dallas Criminal District Court Judge Lela Mays has recommended that Halpin deserves a new trial, after she ruled that Judge Vickers Cunningham must have discriminated against her because of her religion.
In his findings, Judge Mays wrote that Judge Cunningham, who is white, “shelved a genuine, subjective bias against Halprin because Halprin is a Jew, and Judge Cunningham’s anti-Semitic prejudices pose a seemingly unbearable risk of prejudice.” born.”
And she said a “new fair trial is the only solution” for Halpin.
He was convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the “Texas Seven” murder of a police office on Christmas Eve in 2000.
Halpin in court documents accused Judge Cunningham of describing him as a “f***ing Jew” after the trial and of using a derogatory term for a Jewish man.
Judge Cunningham ran for the Dallas County commissioner seat in 2018, and his estranged brother, who is married to a black man, claimed the retired judge was a lifelong racist.
They also alleged that Judge Cunningham had promised to financially reward their children if they married someone of the opposite sex who is white and Christian.
Judge Cunningham told The Dallas Morning News that while he was not a racist, he had created a living trust for his children with the clause described by his brother.
“I strongly support traditional family values. If you marry a person of the opposite sex who is Caucasian, that is Christian, they will get distribution,” he confirmed to the newspaper.
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