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Latest news articles on Randy's Case:

These are just a few of the press stories that were published when Randy's case was denied at the Supreme Court. It's important to note that whilst the word 'denial' can often read like 'defeat', Randy's case is very  much on-going, and is still under review at the Trial Court.

The option of returning to the Supreme Court, depending on the outcome of the review of Randy's case, is also still very much open to us.

The friends of Randy E. Halprin

While acknowledging the definite short term defeat, some of Halprin’s other supporters also welcomed the denial’s silver lining.

“Justice Sotomayor wrote a favorable opinion concerning the denial,” noted Friends of Randy Halprin via Twitter.  “Sotomayor appears to be putting some pressure on the state court to do  the right thing. Today’s decision is not a complete loser! There is  definitely some positivity to be read from Sotomayor’s opinion.”

[Note from the Webmaster: It's extremely pleasing to see that our Tweets are read widely!]

The Supreme Court has declined to take up the case of a Texas death row inmate who asked for a new trial because he believed the judge who presided over his case was antisemitic.

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the case of a member of  the Texas Seven who accused the judge who sentenced him to death row of  bigotry.

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The following news stories were published when Randy received his stay...

No reasonable judicial  system can tolerate the results of a trial by a judge who has been outed  publicly as a raving anti-Semite and a virulent bigot.

Very special thanks to Rebecca Pierce and Isaac Brosilow, of Jewish Currents, for this excellent and insightful article An Antisemitic Judge, a White Supremacist System.

A former Dallas judge reportedly expressed anti-Semitic sentiment while presiding over the death-penalty trial of Randy Halprin.

American Jewish Committee (AJC) welcomed the Texas Court of Criminal  Appeals decision to stay the execution of Randy Halprin. The court  remanded the case to a Dallas County court to review the allegations  that the judge who had sentenced Halprin to death was biased against  Jews and other minorities.

Last week, more than 100 Jewish attorneys in Texas, the  American Jewish Committee, and the Religious Action Center of Reform  Judaism filed an amicus brief with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals  (CCA) in support of a new trial for Randy Halprin.  Halprin’s 2003 trial  was tainted by the anti-Semitic bias of Dallas Judge Vickers  Cunningham.

On the stand for his capital murder trial, Randy Halprin stressed that while he did carry a gun with him after escaping a Texas prison...

Mr. Halprin was referred to as a “f****n’ Jew” and a “G*****n  k**e,” Halprin’s attorney, Tivon Schardl, said in a statement.

A  member of the “Texas Seven” received the stay after the judge was  accused of using racist and anti-Semitic language about the defendants.

Randy Halprin, 41, had been set to be executed on Oct. 10 over his role in the 'Texas 7' group

Halprin's lawyers had requested the  stay amid allegations that the judge who handled his case made racist  and anti-Semitic comments during his time on the bench.

Jewish inmate Randy Halprin, convicted of  killing police officer in 2000, wins reprieve less than a week before  his scheduled death

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