We’re hearing from the judge in the Amber Guyger trial for the first time since the case wrapped up and a complaint was filed against her.
Under scrutiny for the hug she gave the convicted killer in court, just after the victim’s 18-year-old brother did the same.
Judge Tammy Kemp explained her rationale:
“But after Brandt Jean hugged her, and I just think that breathed some life in her. She is a different person. And then after I went to the table and spoke to her, I don’t know, I don’t know if she was amazed that I was talking to her. And when she asked me for a hug, you know, I’m ashamed to say she had to ask me twice. Because she did it in a very soft voice. She said, ‘Can I hug you?’ I said, ‘Did she say can I hug you?’ And I guess, I don’t know if I had a puzzled look on my face, but she asked me again. And I told you what I had processed through. And I said yes, of course. And she got up and she hugged me. And it wasn’t a courtesy hug.”