Judge’s hug not embraced by all after Dallas officer’s trial

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas judge who hugged a former Dallas police officer convicted of murder and gave her a Bible is coming under scrutiny over whether she crossed an ethical line.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a complaint Thursday against Judge Tammy Kemp with a state agency that investigates judicial misconduct. The group says Kemp went too far after Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing her neighbor Botham Jean.

Activists also questioned whether a black defendant would have received the same treatment.

Kemp did not respond to requests for an interview and has not spoken publicly since the trial ended.

Jacqueline Habersham is interim executive director of the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct. She says confidentiality rules bar her from discussing any pending complaint.

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