Texas Family Court Judge Suspended for Violence Caught on YouTube Video

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.

Source: CNN

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    DorthLous says:

    Indeed, especially since legally, this action was done too long ago to be punishable by law. This is simply the court seeing evidence of him not being able to do his job with a fair mind, NOT a legal consequence to the act.

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    Neeneko says:

    This punishment has nothing to do with what he did to his daughter… the punishment is because he caused embarrassment.

    I have dealt with these communities… they have no problems with child abuse or even child rape as long as you keep it behind closed doors and don't tarnish the reputation of the locals.

    Make no mistake.. if this had not caused a media firestorm nothing would have happened to him, in fact his daughter probably would have just been put under shame.  You got to see a bit of that going on in his early responses, which would have worked if it had stayed local.

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    axiomatic says:

    My kids amaze me one minute and disappoint me the very next minute. The challenge is to not descend in to violence when they disappoint you. This gentleman did and I feel that the punishment was still not stern enough for this physical and mental assault to his own daughter.

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