Texas’ Top Court Suspends Judge In Beating Video

McALLEN (AP) – The Texas Supreme Court suspended a judge Tuesday whose beating of his then-teenage daughter in 2004 was viewed millions of times on the Internet.

Aransas County court-at-law Judge William Adams was suspended immediately with pay pending the outcome of the inquiry started earlier this month by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, according to an order signed Tuesday by the clerk of the state’s highest court.

The order makes clear that while Adams agreed to the commission’s recommended temporary suspension and waived the hearing and notice requirements, he does not admit “guilt, fault or wrongdoing” regarding the allegations. His attorney did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Adams’ now 23-year-old daughter Hillary Adams uploaded the secretly-recorded 2004 video of her father beating her repeatedly with a belt for making illegal downloads from the internet.

William Adams has not sat on the bench since the video went viral. It has been viewed more than 6 million times on YouTube.

The public outcry over the video was so great that in a rare move the, State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced publicly Nov. 2 that it had opened an investigation. A statement from the commission then said that it had been flooded with calls, emails and faxes regarding the video and Adams.

William Adams appeared in court Monday for a day-long hearing regarding the custody of his 10-year-old daughter. His wife had sought a change in their joint custody agreement, and another judge imposed a temporary restraining order effectively keeping William Adams from being alone with his younger daughter until he reached a decision. An order was expected in that dispute Wednesday.

As Aransas County’s top judge, William Adams has dealt with at least 349 family law cases in the past year alone, nearly 50 of which involved state caseworkers seeking determine whether parents were fit to raise their children. A visiting judge has been handling his caseload.

After reviewing the investigation conducted by local police, the Aransas County district attorney said too much time had passed to bring charges against William Adams.

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  • Joe

    Kind of hard on him weren’t they? I never could figure out how to get fired with pay. Isn’t that a vacation?

    • Paul


  • NiteNurse

    Sounds like the whippin judge is headed for termination. You can’t respect a family court judge who has been seen beating his teenaged kid on national TV. I mean what if he comes across a case where a parent is accused of child abuse? The accused parent can just say hey you beat on your kid what’s the problem? Judges are held to a higher standard. Sorry but it’s time to dust off your resume.

  • TrueTexan

    Have to disagree, judges hold the same rights as all parents do spanking their children if they are committing a crime which this young lady was doing. Which would you rather he do? Spank her or turn her in for committing a crime? And no I have not seen the video nor will I unless I sit on a jury.
    I do have grave reservations if the video did show he went to far why didn’t the mother step in to stop it either physically or by calling 911. Thus not doing something at the time she condoned it and is an unfit mother to raise the other daughter since she lacks the will to protect them.
    Also why didn’t the girl bring in the evidence way before the statue of limitations ran out? Was she holding it as something to black mail him with years later or as I read get back at him for taking the car away?
    As for me I had something similar happen when I was 17 with my father who did it out of his love for me and he appolgized and was completely forgiven by me. Parents do sometimes over-react to situations. And yes my mother did step in and told my father to cool off. She nor me stood a chance against him since he was bigger than us, yet the video showed this mother was a size that could have stopped her husband with more than just words.
    I’m not saying he did right since I haven’t seen the video and if he did go to far then he should be removed from the bench, yet his daugther who made the film should be punished for not bringing it forward sooner to get him off the bench before he sat over other cases where other children where affected by his presidings.

  • darrell

    the daughter uploaded the video as revenge because her father was cutting the amount of her allowance, taking away her free mercedes and a few other little perks he was kind enough to give her. the girl is mentally and physically capable of working or attending college just like anyone else is yet she seemed perfectly happy to sponge of her fathers kindness after having left home years ago. she gave him knowledge of the tape and threatened to make it public if he went ahead with his plans. i would call that attempted extortion. she seems to embrace crriminal activity.

  • NiteNurse

    Ask psychologists who study convicted criminals in prisons. Almost all of them have parental abuse of some sort in their past. I have several friends who had parents who did not use physical discipline only consistent non violent discipline. Lazy stupid parents use physical violence because it’s easy and quick. It takes thought, intelligence, and time to use non violent discipline. The kid was getting beaten regularly to have known to set up a video camera. She was 16 at the time of the video and in fear of what would happen to her if her influentual judge daddy made a few calls to his buddies and had the tape disappear.

  • FedUpTxn

    My father used to tell his 6 children, “I love and stand behind you. If you get yourself in trouble, and get thrown in jail, just call me. I’ll bring you a pillow.” The message was loud and clear. Yes, the judge should have turned her in for the crime she committed and let the courts he represents handle it. A much better lesson than a beating. How he can not admit what he’s done even when it is totally obvious, and continue to receive PAY, is an abuse of public funding and a good example of what is wrong in our family courts where the civil rights of women and children are violated on a regular basis for PROFIT. And blaming the mother, really? Why is that some men’s FIRST response, always blame the mother for something she didn’t do! Women are NOT psychic!

  • FedUpTxn

    P.S. For those who wish to blame the mother, how about we all blame you if your neighbor robs a bank. Afterall, YOU CHOSE to live next door to them, right? The worst logic EVER!

  • TrueTexan

    People in certain professions have things like this put on their record or brought up questioning if they should sit over the cases of others, so if he turned her in they would question whether he could preside over others who couldn’t keep their children in line. Little different from the average joe’s job.
    Yes I can blame the mother and you are totally wrong in thinking I am male. I served in this Nations Army also so I know women are not dumb, blind and incapable of standing up to other women or men. As 4 the fuzzy logic of knowing what is going on next door vs what is going on right under our roof there is a big difference. Top that in my case they choose to live next door to me since my house was the first one on the road LOL-go back to the thinking hat.

  • TrueTexan

    At 16 she was smart enough to make a video but not make a backup of the video if she turned it over so it couldn’t disappear? You only know a beating is coming and can tape it if your willing to pull the stunt that will get the punishment, unless it is true abuse to where you get punished for doing nothing wrong. I suspect the daughter probably tried blackmail and again the judge tried to protect his dau. from breaking a law for which this time she is not a minor.
    As for prisoners saying they where spanked in the past, many of us that where spanked have not been in prison, but that doesn’t make the psychologist a buck now does it? If they where true to their profession and not to just making a buck they would explore the entire picture. How many kids killed off their parents to inherit the money sooner where spanked or punished without physical contact? No matter what happens to you in life good or bad, you set your own destiny and no one else including your parents. Not everyone in the pen comes from a bad homes, those from good homes go bad also. I’ve seen some from bad homes turn out good because they set their own destiny. Spanking is not the lazy way out, many times it hurts the parent much more than it hurts the child to do it if they are good parents. And wasn’t Ms. Wally World recently thrown in the tank for driving drunk? Also recall Bush had dau. trouble also while under age.

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