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Execution Of Jewish 'Texas 7' Member Randy Halprin Halted Over Claim Judge Was Anti-Semitic

HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - A Jewish death row inmate who was part of the "Texas 7" gang of escaped prisoners and faced execution in less than a week has won a reprieve after claiming the former judge at his trial was anti-Semitic and frequently used racial slurs.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday granted a stay of execution for Randy Halprin, who had been scheduled to receive a lethal injection on October 10.

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Randy Halprin - Texas 7 gang member (credit: TDCJ)

Halprin alleges in his appeal that ex-Dallas County Judge Vickers Cunningham referred to him with anti-Semitic language.

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District judge Vickers Cunningham (courtesy: CBS 11 News)

Cunningham declined to comment about the case on Friday.

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 faced allegations of bigotry in 2018 after telling CBS 11 he had established a living trust that rewarded his children for marrying straight, white and Christian.

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