Houston – Jewish ‘Texas 7’ Death Row Inmate Claims Judge Was Anti-Semitic


    FILE - Death row inmate Randy Halprin, 26, sits in a visitation cell at the Polunsky Unit Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, in Livingston, Texas. Halprin sits on death row for his part in the shooting death of an Irving, Texas, police officer while he and six other escaped inmates, dubbed the "Texas 7," were robbing a sporting good store in the Dallas suburb. (AP Photo/Brett Coomer)Houston – A Jewish death row inmate who was part of the “Texas 7” gang of escaped prisoners has filed an appeal claiming the former county judge who convicted him was anti-Semitic and frequently used racial slurs.

    The Houston Chronicle reports that Randy Halprin alleges in his federal appeal that ex-Dallas County Judge Vickers Cunningham referred to him with anti-Semitic language.

    Halprin argues that Cunningham should’ve recused himself.

    Halprin was among the inmates who escaped from a South Texas prison in 2000 and committed numerous robberies, including one in which a suburban Dallas police officer was fatally shot.

    Cunningham didn’t respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

    Cunningham faced allegations of bigotry last year after telling the Dallas Morning News he has a living trust that rewards his children for marrying straight, white Christians.


    Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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