Many are still trying to process the sentencing of Amber Guyger, but even more are still puzzled by the exchange between the convicted murderer and the judge, who not only embraced her with a lengthy hug, but also gifted her with a bible. That act of generosity has now caused a formal complaint to be filed.
According to @cbsdfw, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has officially filed a formal complaint against Judge Tammy Kemp for giving her personal bible to Amber Guyger. The complaint was filed by the foundation because its sole purpose is to protect the Constitutional principles of the separation of church and state. The foundation further stated that Judge Kemp’s actions in regard to the bible crossed the line into coercion.
The full complaint states:
We write to raise your awareness of Judge Kemp’s actions at the close of the trial — during which she gifted a Christian bible, instructing the convicted criminal on how to read the bible and which passages to pay attention to, and witnessing to that convicted murderer. These proselytizing actions overstepped judicial authority, were inappropriate and were unconstitutional.
Courtroom video shows that after the sentencing and the victim impact statement, Judge Kemp left the courtroom, then returned holding her personal bible. She walked over to Amber Guyger at the defense table and proceeded to preach.
When Dallas County District Attorney John Cruezot was asked by local news affiliates if Judge Kemp’s gesture was a legal violation, he said this:
“If anyone complained, I would do everything I could to support the appropriateness of it. I can’t tell you I’ve done the same exact thing, but I have spoken to defendants, have I given them a hug, perhaps. Not given a bible, that’s not me, but I don’t think there’s anything inappropriate about what she did, and I would support that, if anyone tried to file a complaint, I would do my best to intercede and protect her.”
At the present time, Judge Kemp has not publicly responded to the complaint or to any of the criticism she received for her actions toward Guyger in the courtroom.
Roommates, what are your thoughts on this?