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Texas Judge Defends Courtroom Hug Of Convicted Cop Amber Guyger

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Texas Judge Defends Courtroom Hug Of Convicted Cop Amber Guyger

Texas Judge Defends Courtroom Hug Of Convicted Cop Amber Guyger

As we previously reported, Amber Guyger was handed down a 10 year sentence for “mistakenly” murdering her neighbor Botham Jean. The case overall has angered many, but there was one thing in particular that still has not settled with a lot of people. In addition to the short sentence, the Texas judge in the case came under fire for hugging the ex-Dallas cop and giving her a bible.

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Judge Tammy Kemp is now defending her move saying she believed the gesture could possibly help give the killer cop’s life new purpose.

“Following my own convictions, I could not refuse that woman a hug. I would not,” Kemp said in a interview Monday. “And I don’t understand the anger. She asked me if I thought that God could forgive her and I said, ‘Yes, God can forgive you and has,” the judge said. “If she wanted to start with the bible, I didn’t want her to go back to the jail and to sink into doubt and self-pity and become bitter.”

Botham’s younger brother Brandt Jean, was the first who asked if he could hug his brother’s killer in an act of compassion. It was noted that Guyger then asked if she could hug the judge and she complied.

“I didn’t do that from the bench,” Kemp said. “I came down to extend my condolences to the Jean family and to encourage Ms. Guyger because she has a lot of life to live.”

While Kemp didn’t mean to offend anyone by her gesture, it led to the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct alleging Kemp “overstepped her judicial authority.”

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