Randy's Relationship With His Co-Defendants - Randy Halprin

Randy Halprin
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Randy's Relationship With His Co-Defendants

Randy had a strained relationship with his co-defendants. In the newspaper article via this link Notorious 'Texas Seven' Try to Save One of Their Own By Insulting Him you  will see that the group didn't actually like Randy, and this was  principally due to his lack of co-operation with their plans. They did  not hold back when saying exactly what they thought of him, and the fact  that they were plotting to kill him, confirms their frustration with  him.

There's no doubt that they did NOT consider Randy as part of a 'team', and despite the Assistant District Attorney at the time (Lisa Smith) claiming that "They're a team; they'll always be a team. Together until the end,"  that was not the case. The men were neither a team nor a gang as the media, the State, and the Police claimed - they were 7 individuals who decided to escape. The State, from day one and consistently onwards, has  made several on-going attempts to twist the facts throughout this  entire case, but the fact remains they were not a team or part of any  kind of violent gang.

Randy's  co-defendants felt no loyalty towards him whatsoever, ergo, they had no  reason to sign sworn statements to the fact that they examined Randy's  gun and found that it had NOT been fired. It didn't benefit Randy's  co-defendants in any way to help him, but the fact they did, supports  the truth that Randy was NOT a shooter.

From  the outset, during his trial, and over the years of appeals since his  conviction, Randy has consistently maintained that he did not take part  in any violence during the escape or the robberies, and Michael  Rodriguez's recollection that Randy "...tackled a field officer who entered a maintenance shed,"  is  completely untrue. In fact, it states in the 'Ranking Document' (under  the section Ranking Order Of The Texas 7) that Randy is "a quiet and submissive character." To further support Randy's reluctance to take  part in any violence, he made it clear to his co-defendants that he  didn't want to carry a gun during the robberies, and during his trial he  testified, "I am not going to go in and carry a gun," but his co-defendants made it clear to him that it was "their way or the highway".  

This  article also reveals the dogmatic nature of an over-zealous prosecutor  in applying the Law of Parties to those whose roles in a crime were  minimal. They knew from the beginning that Randy did NOT shoot anyone, but the Law of Parties allows them to blanket everyone - from actual  shooters, to look out-men who were yards from the scene - with this most  unfair and unjust of laws. They boasted this fact in Randy's case,  saying, "[Halprin] was convicted as a  party," Assistant District Attorney Lisa  Smith said. "You can get the  death penalty as a party, so he didn't have  to shoot the weapons to get  the death penalty."  

Randy  did not want to participate in the Oshman's robbery, and was clearly  bullied and coerced into taking part and carrying a gun, but he did NOT  take part in any kind of violence on that night. Even before this  article came into being, Randy has always maintained that he NEVER  wanted to participate in the Oshman's robbery and stated this fact right  from his first interviews when he was captured, and during his capital  murder trial.  

Randy's  psychological evaluation records and the Ranking Document support his  story, and show a clear picture of the narrative of his character.  Everything is backed up by irrefutable facts, and we hope you will take  some time to examine the documents under the sub-tabs in this section.

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