Kemp, 57, was a prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office who also has experience as a criminal defense attorney. She’s a Democrat who was recently re-elected to a second term on the 204th Judicial District Court bench, where she began serving in 2015.
“As a prosecutor, I served under three unique District Attorneys, and each instilled values that have impacted me and made me into a better judge. As a defense attorney, I became aware of the challenges defendants and their attorneys face in preparing a defense. While serving as a judge, I have become keenly aware of the difficulties that victims, defendants, witnesses and jurors encounter when involved in the criminal justice system,” she told the Dallas Morning News during her 2018 re-election campaign.
A grand jury in Dallas indicted Guyger, 30, on Friday. The panel found enough evidence for a murder charge instead of the initial manslaughter charge.
On the night of Sept. 6, she illegally entered Jean’s apartment, which was located one floor above her own, and shot Jean, 26, to death — that much has been established as true. But everything else that transpired during that fatal encounter was not exactly clear, with only Guyger’s word to go on.
She claimed that following a long day on the job as a Dallas police officer, she implausibly mistook his apartment for her own and, after ordering Jean not to move, shot him twice. Her story was greeted by doubt because of several factors, especially her assertion that Jean’s door was ajar. Videos posted on social media by neighbors appeared to show that apartment doors in the building shut automatically, which seemed to indicate that Guyger was lying.
Kemp was a top prosecutor in the officer of Graig Watkins, who was Texas’ first elected African-American District Attorney. In 2013, she was the lead prosecutor in a case involving a man who drowned two sons in a creek to get back at their mother.
After Guyger was booked into Jail Friday afternoon but released on a $200,000 bond, Kemp ordered her to surrender her passport and not to travel outside Texas without court approval.
Social Media Remembers The Racist Willie Horton Ad As President George H.W. Bush Dies At 94
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Willie Horton.— Cliston Brown (@ClistonBrown) December 1, 2018
I’ll reserve any additional comment.
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Bush continued the Southern Strategy begun under Nixon: running for president by FOSTERING deeply rooted white supremacy. Bush ran the now-famous Willie Horton ad to stoke fear of ALL Black people & promote the DEADLY myth of the "dangerous Black criminal"https://t.co/A4cW96IQGD pic.twitter.com/0s0Thyn10z— The Revcoms (@therevcoms) December 1, 2018
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Rest in peace, George H.W. Bush (1924-2018), 41st President of the United States. In 1988, he hired Lee Atwater as his campaign chair, who ran the infamous race-baiting and slanderous "Willie Horton" TV ad during the presidential campaign. And that's how I'll always remember him. pic.twitter.com/ylY9mUqj0w— Donald R. Koelper (@Donald_from_HI) December 1, 2018
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Someone is forgetting that Willie Horton ad. We can honor Bush without glossing over his record. https://t.co/6OiQHVHHAz— A Little Royal (@alittlebitroyal) December 1, 2018
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I forget. What was the principle behind the Willie Horton ad? https://t.co/qbGa7I9UQx— Michael Hiltzik (@hiltzikm) December 1, 2018
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Inaction on HIV/AIDS.— Dr. Thrasher, jouRNAlist (@thrasherxy) December 1, 2018
Invading Iraq (a nightmare continued by his son, which we're still not done with almost 3 decades later).
Banning broccoli from Air Force 1.
Heading the murderous CIA.
"I'm David Cop-A-Feel!"
FOISTING GEORGE & JEB ON THE WORLD.
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A few words that come to mind after hearing about #GeorgeHWBush dying...— Jesse Benn (@JesseBenn) December 1, 2018
Willie Horton, the Highway of Death, and the War on Drugs.
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Be respectful of the dead, but not forgetful. Praise him for the ADA, but I can’t reconcile “greater civility” with the Willie Horton ad. https://t.co/8Qzy2Mv8Uq— Zachary Olsavicky (@zolsavicky) December 1, 2018
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Here we go with the liberal eulogists. WILLIE HORTON. https://t.co/TTXUboja61— Dr. M., Bond Villain (@Trepanatus) December 1, 2018
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Um, does the name Willie Horton ring a bell?— Michael Hiltzik (@hiltzikm) December 1, 2018
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*internally screams in Willie Horton* https://t.co/cSvE0fIkQ3— Openly Black Studs Twerkel. (@thewayoftheid) December 1, 2018
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It shouldn’t be that hard. If you think the “Willie Horton” ad, is somehow on the same level as getting shot down in WWII in terms of character definition, maybe you should just spare everyone. https://t.co/crr7pFTwvs— Brandon Bohning (@BrandonBohning) December 1, 2018
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Set the table for the debacle that was the Iraq invasion in ‘04, and was the first modern Presidential candidate who “went there” with the racist Willie Horton ad in ‘88. Gloss over all you like, those are tough very bad legacies to forget. https://t.co/kYB7gMO43v— AJ Bassett 🐶 (@oldarenaghost) December 1, 2018
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George H.W. Bush used the racist Willie Horton ad for his campaign. https://t.co/TmgoqyyUKV— PragmaticObotsUnite (@PragObots) December 1, 2018
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....who also voted against the 1964 civil rights act and ran the outrageously racist Willie Horton commercial in his Presidential campaign. https://t.co/EmbpWou9OE— It’s times like these you learn to live again (@Trumpalterfacts) December 1, 2018
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In June 1988, Republican candidate George H. W. Bush seized on the Horton case, bringing it up repeatedly in campaign speeches. Bush's campaign manager Lee Atwater said, "By the time we're finished, they're going to wonder whether Willie Horton is Dukakis' running mate." https://t.co/FrTyXBFilv— ⚖️Dave Diamond Law🍷 (@davediamondlaw) December 1, 2018
Meet Tammy Kemp, The Black Judge Assigned To Amber Guyger Murder Trial For Killing Botham Jean was originally published on newsone.com