The Texas family court judge who was shown whipping his teenage daughter in a YouTube video has been suspended by the Texas Supreme Court. The seven and a half minute video was from a 2004 incident. It showed Judge William Adams viciously beating his daughter with a belt because she downloaded illegal music and games from the Internet. In rendering its decision, the court did not detail the reason for the order of suspension that was made public Tuesday. Adams, who was a court-at-law judge (family court) in Aransas County, Texas, received international criticism when his now-adult daughter (Hillary Adams) posted the video of him beating her with a belt when she was 16 on YouTube.
The video also showed the judge cursing and berating Hillary Adams and her mother, but mostly it showed him trying to administer a spanking with a belt in an unrelenting and violent fashion that can best be described as barbaric. Earlier this month, William Adams released a statement attempting to explain his side of the story.
"If the public must know, just prior to the YouTube upload, a concerned father shared with his 23-year-old daughter that he was unwilling to continue to work hard and be her primary source of financial support, if she was going to simply 'drop out,' and strive to achieve no more in life than to work part-time at a video game store," the judge said in a statement.
In a recent interview with CNN his daughter said that her father was in denial about the way he treated her, which was why she released the video.