Randy's dear friend and spiritual advisor, Rabbi Dan Gordon, attended the hearing and shared with us his personal observations...
"I was honored to be able to be present at the July 14 hearing. I know many would have liked to have been there, both to support Randy and to know what’s happening. While I don’t have a legal mind, I’m happy to relate from my perspective what I observed.
Randy appeared in Judge Lela Mays courtroom, represented by his lawyer, Paul, from the state, and advised by the attorneys from the federal investigation office, Tivon and Tim. Paul basically reiterated the evidence that Randy did not get a fair trial because of the prejudice of the sentencing judge. The prosecutor conceded that Judge Cunningham was a racist, but said it did not matter because he did not act in a racist way in this case. Paul gave one of the best arguments I have heard (I dare say, Talmudic) when he said that argument was like saying, “A leopard is seen having spots on Monday and spots on Friday, but there is no evidence that the leopard has spots that the leopard had spots on Wednesday.
The next step is that the lawyers are to get their written reports back to Judge Mays who will make a recommendation to the Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA). If Judge Mays gives a favorable report, the CCA can choose to accept the recommendation or not."
We thank Rabbi Gordon for his attendance at the hearing, and for sharing his observations. We also thank you all for your continuing support and prayers for the right outcome for Randy.
As always, we will update again as soon as we have further news.
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Please sign the petition for Randy's death sentence to be overturned. You can find it here:
As our regular visitors are aware, Randy's case is currently under review at the Texas State Court, and we continue to wait for their decision. Justice Sotomayor wrote a favourable review, and today's decision isnotbad news by any means.
We will continue to update when we have more to share. In the meantime, you can read some of the news stories regarding the Supreme Court's decision, in our 'News' section herehttps://randy-halprin.net/news-1.html
For all regular updates, please continue to visit us here on our website. You can also get in touch with us via email: friendsofrandyhalprin.com.
We would like to reiterate that the news today is NOT bad news! We are being made aware of posts on social media where the news today is being misunderstood...We would advise people check here on our website, for allaccurateannouncements.
We thank you for your continuing support.
On 4th October, 2019, Randy was granted a Stay of Execution with his case also being remanded to the convicting court for review. We will continue to post regular updates in this section, as things progress.
When the news of the Stay broke, Randy's attorneys made a Press Release; you can read this in the link below, together with the documents mentioned therein:
Some background on Randy's case from earlier this year...On 8th July, 2019, we had news that an execution date of 10th October had been scheduled for Randy. This news came with the knowledge that there were pending and unresolved issues in the Courts that Randy's lawyers worked tirelessly to bring to fruition, and the Stay being granted is the first step towards doing just that!
Details of the misconduct of Judge Vickers Cunningham was uncovered by Randy's attorneys, who then filed a Petition for Habeus Corpus, on 17th May, 2019. You can read that filing here:
The Anti Defamation League subsequently filed a brief in Randy's case which provides a history of anti-Semitism, and explains why terminology such as "the f*****' Jew" and "g*******d k**e" are so offensive and cannot be tolerated in any society. You can read the ADL Brief here:
Randy's attorneys and his friends have worked tirelessly and fought hard to raise awareness that Randy did not have a fair and unbiased trial, and that the judge made certain that vital and crucial evidence in Randy's case was not allowed to be shown to or heard by the jury. The anti-Semitic, racist, and bigotted remarks made by Judge Vickers Cunningham are by now well known, and the fight goes on for Randy to have a new trial.
We would like to thankAbraham J. Bonowitz from Death Penalty Action for activating a Petition calling for a retrial for Randy, and for getting things moving very quickly.
We would also like to thank the Sant'Egidio Community, and Randy's friends, Alessia and Arturo, for working together in making an urgent appeal for Randy's life.
We will post any further developments as they arise. In the meantime, Randy and all of his friends wish to sincerely thank everyone for their kindness, prayers, and support...We are overwhelmed, and it means a lot to all of us.