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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Judge Who Hugged Amber Guyger and Gave Her Bible


An ethics complaint has been filed against a Dallas, Texas judge who hugged former cop Amber Guyger and gave her a Bible following her guilty verdict on Wednesday.

Guyger, who is white, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man who was relaxing in his own apartment when Guyger barged in.

Judge Tammy Kemp fueled outrage when she embraced Guyger in court and handed her a Bible after Guyger was sentenced on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

The judge’s actions prompted many to question why Black defendants aren’t treated the same way.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed an ethics complaint against the judge with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct on Thursday.

The FFRF group said Kemp went too far by embracing the former cop in court and praying with her before Guyger was shipped off to prison.

The FFRF called Judge Kemp’s behavior inappropriate and unconstitutional.

After a victim impact statement by Jean’s brother, Brandt Jean, he told Guyger he loved her and embraced her.

Then Kemp embraced Guyger and spoke with her before leaving the courtroom and returning with her personal Bible.

She turned the pages to John 3:16 and told Guyger, “This is where you start.” She continued, saying, “He has a purpose for you,” referring to God.

In the complaint, the FFRF said Judge Kemp, “Handled a difficult trial with grace” but that she “signaled to everyone watching… that she is partial to Christian reform and Christian notions of forgiveness.”

Legal experts have noted that the hug and the Bible could cause a conflict if Guyger files an appeal, which her attorneys have stated she will.

Other legal experts weighed in, saying Kemp’s actions bordered on judicial misconduct.

“I did not see why the judge did what she did,” said C. Victor Lander, a former municipal judge who spent 27 years behind the bench.

“Once there’s an appearance that the judges are not impartial, we lose our entire criminal justice system,” Lander said.

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“He’s a conman and racist” Michael Cohen called his former boss, President Donald Trump.


In sworn testimony before Congress yesterday, Michael Cohen former attorney dubbed “Donald Trump’s fixer” called his former boss, President Trump, a conman and racist.

To back up his claims that the President is a racist, Cohen recalled a statement Trump made about Black Chicago residents.

“While we were once driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that only Black people could live that way,” Cohen said in a prepared statement before the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

“And he told me that Black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid,” Cohen added. “And yet I continued to work for him.”

Cohen recalled other incidents in his prepared statement.

“Mr. Trump is a racist,” he said. “The country has seen Mr. Trump court white supremacists and bigots. You have heard him call poorer countries ‘shitholes.’ In private, he is even worse.

“He once asked me if I could name a country run by a Black person that wasn’t a ‘shithole,'” Cohen said. “This was when Barack Obama was president of the United States.”

House Republicans attacked Cohen who was convicted last year of lying to Congress about a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen testified on Wednesday that he lied to protect Mr. Trump.

Wednesday was day 2 of three consecutive days of congressional appearances for Cohen. The disbarred former lawyer will appear before the House Intelligence Committee where he will speak in private on Thursday.