I write this as a Jewish lawyer who has had occasion to be counsel for defendant at a criminal trial proceeding.
Imprimis, my empathies are squarely with the victims of the crime spree (the plural is used because Officer Hawkins was not the only victim of violence in the escape plot) and their families [“Death Watch: Court of Criminal Appeals Stays Halprin’s Execution
,” Daily News, Oct. 4].
Randy Halprin has precious little standing to beg lenity, neither in his personal actions during the (not so) Great Escape in the days before Officer Hawkins was brutally killed, nor in the violent crime that put him behind bars in the first place.
That said, perversion of an objective judicial system is an even greater threat to society than Mr. Halprin. The judge’s alleged biases give the appearance of a perverted judiciary, which is just as bad as actual inobjectivity.
This is not about Randy Halprin, it is about the integrity of the United States Constitution. Accordingly, I strongly support a new trial for Halprin before an impartial tribunal. If, following retrial, a conviction is secured (which should not be a very difficult task for the prosecutors), then I would have no qualms about sending him to the gurney.
Nor do I have any problems with the accomplice liability statutes. The prospect of accomplice liability, in addition to its deterrence value, can be a very valuable tool for investigators and prosecutors to obtain evidence and information. This would be especially true in countering the phenomenon of terroristic attacks; those persons and organized groups, Jewish or otherwise, who oppose the accomplice liability laws may well have second thoughts in the future.
To those who object to the burden upon the public fisc that a new trial would entail, please note that this pissing away of the Texan tax dollars would not have been necessary if, in the first place, the Texas judiciary would have come up with a judge who had integrity befitting his office.
To those who now complain that a Jewish cop killer is getting too much of a break, please note that on the Officer Down Memorial Page
are to be found more murdered Jewish law enforcement officers than Jewish cop killers. Fallen Jewish LEOs have names such as Astell, Bloomfield, Borkin, Cantor, Fox (Barney and Leon), Gadell, Galapo, Katz, Kramer, Marshalik, Mirell, Rakow, Rosenfeld, Schiffries, Seiden, and Weiner.
And to those of you now whining that we Jewish people back our own too much, I say that this is why the arduous and concerted efforts you and your kind have exerted for thousands of years (and continue to exert) to eradicate us have failed miserably. We are still here, and we shall remain here whether you like it or not.
Kenneth H. Ryesky, Esq.