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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

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Editor's note: This story contains explicit language.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the execution of Randy Halprin on Friday, less than a week before he was to be put to death.

Halprin, one of the infamous "Texas Seven" — who were convicted in the 2000 murder of a police officer during a month-long prison escape — had recently argued that his trial was biased because his judge was "a racist and anti-Semitic bigot."

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An appeals court has granted a stay of execution for a Texas inmate who was facing lethal injection next week for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her 7-year-old son in 2005.

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The state's highest criminal court has struck down a Texas law that bans sexually explicit Internet communications between an adult and minor.
 
The Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously determined that the 2005 law violates free speech protections. The Austin American-Statesman reports the law was intended to target "grooming," in which predators befriend children online before making explicit comments.