Halprin v. Davis

The facts underlying this petition are deeply disturbing. I write to explain why I nevertheless do not dissent from the denial of certiorari. In December 2000, petitioner Randy Ethan Halprin and six others escaped from a Texas prison and robbed a sporting-goods store. During the robbery, Officer Aubrey Hawkins responded to a distress call and was fatally shot. The State of Texas tried Halprin and the other escapees separately for their roles in Officer Hawkins’ death. Presiding over most of those trials, including Halprin’s, was Judge Vickers Cunningham.Halprin v. Davis