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 alsothank 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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"We should fight against the death penalty 100%, regardless of the crime – that is my belief, and has always been my belief." Randy E Halprin
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We would firstly like to invite you to visit our'Randy's Case'section where you will find a full and frank outline of Randy's case, and our 'Campaign'section where we will post updates and information as and when we can.
We would liketo make it clear from the outset that Randy does NOT have access to the internet, or to a computer. This is NOT a fan site or a forum in which to ask for legal or financial support, and all decisions and posts regarding this site are made solely by Randy's close friends.
Over the 16 years Randy has been on death row, many people have visited his website to keep up with his life and how his appeals are progressing. We realise that since his execution date was issued last year, we now have many, many more visitors to the site and we would like to welcome all of you, and thank you for your support. As you will already know, Randy received a Stay of Execution on 4th October, 2019, and we are now entering a new phase in our fight.
As well as fighting for Randy's life, the purpose of our work on this website is to bring your attention to Randy's life, as we believe that he deserves another chance. The facts in Randy's case fully support our belief that he is NOT a killer, and should NOT be executed. There is a wealth of information on this website relating to Randy, his life, and his case; and in reading about his life as it is now - through his own personal writings - we hope you will come to the same conclusion and share his story with other people.
We realise that some of you will enter Randy's world cynically, and perhaps even condemningly...However, what you will read on this website is a true reflection of the person Randy is today. Reading through his journals and memoirs will show the reader that Randy is not only aware of the mistakes he has made in his life, but that he also takes responsibility for those mistakes - it would be very difficult to fake the type of growth we have seen blossom in Randy, over the last decade or so of his writings.
In Randy's Memoirs (which you can read under the 'Memoirs' tab) he has told the story of his youth in great detail...For years, Randy has expressed to his friends his wish to 'give back' in some way, and in telling his story very openly, he hopes that this will help parents to recognise the warning signs that their children are struggling, and also help young people to not end up on the same road as he did. During the time that Randy wrote his Memoirs he went through a very tough roller-coaster of emotions, but with the support and encouragement of his loved ones, he made it to the end.
We ultimately hope that you will leave this site with a clearer understanding of the death penalty and how it's applied. For further information, we have posted a list of links to various organisations with whom you can get involved, and lend your support. You can find this list under the 'News' tab. We believe that life on death row shouldnotbe kept hidden from society, and should be openly talked about if change is to happen. For this reason, our work with Randy aims to educate and inform those who visit our website.
As you delve further into this website, please ask yourselves the following question...
"Are any of us exactly the same person we were 20 years ago?"
We thank you for taking the time to read about Randy.