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William Adams, Texas judge suspended over videotaped beating of daughter, reinstated 

A Texas judge who was suspended over a videotaped beating of his daughter that was posted online has been reinstated by the state Supreme Court.

Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams was suspended with pay in November 2011 while the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct investigated. The commission issued a public warning to Adams on Sept. 6.

In its one-page order Tuesday, the Texas Supreme Court approved an agreement between Adams and the commission lifting the suspension. As part of the arrangement, Adams waived his right to appeal the warning, which is essentially a public reprimand with no other consequences.

The action allows Adams to return to his judicial duties in the Gulf Coast town of Rockport, Texas, immediately.

Adams' older daughter, Hillary Adams, uploaded the 2004 video to YouTube just over a year ago. The video shows William Adams repeatedly whipping his then-16-year-old daughter with a belt for illegally downloading music.

The nearly eight-minute video viewed millions of times shows the judge lashing Hillary in the legs more than a dozen times and growing increasingly irate while she screams and refuses to turn over on a bed to be beaten.

"Lay down or I'll spank you in your (expletive) face," Adams screams as Hillary wails and pleads for him to stop.

Adams' former wife and Hillary's mother, Hallie Adams, expressed disappointment in the decisions of the state commission and Supreme Court.

"Hillary and I are both really sad today," she said. "I had really hoped the judicial review process would work. I had really wanted to see the public protected."

The Aransas County district attorney said at the time the online video created a national sensation in 2011 that too much time had passed - seven years - to bring criminal charges against the judge.

Adams doesn't come up for re-election until 2014. However, county commissioners voted earlier this year to cut his 2013 salary by 1.6 percent to $144,000. Other elected county officials received a 2 percent cost-of-living increase.

Also, Adams may no longer preside over the physical domestic abuse cases that previously comprised much of his court docket.

horkbizarre 8th-Nov-2012 12:04 am (UTC)
fuck this guy. Hillary, and the people he represents, deserve better.
suwiel 8th-Nov-2012 12:10 am (UTC)
This is fucking ridiculous.
gretchystretchy 8th-Nov-2012 12:18 am (UTC)
This story made me sick to my stomach when it broke last year, and it makes me sick now. Fuck this guy.
flying_pandas 8th-Nov-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
this is fucking disgusting. Is there a way to get him out for good - like petitions or letter-writing, etc???
shhh_its_s3cr3t 8th-Nov-2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Sigh... and there went part of my Happiness From Election... fuck this is so disgusting. :(
chargingkrogan 8th-Nov-2012 12:59 am (UTC)
However, county commissioners voted earlier this year to cut his 2013 salary by 1.6 percent to $144,000.

... what the fuck? This guy isn't even worth one dollar, let alone 144 THOUSAND of them.
tabaqui 8th-Nov-2012 01:12 am (UTC)
Fuck him so hard.
maladaptive 8th-Nov-2012 01:22 am (UTC)
....Whaaaat? None of the judges I know make anywhere NEAR that much money, and they're good people. Seriously, a judge who beats children is rolling in cash? Christ.
sweetveg 8th-Nov-2012 01:28 am (UTC)
i know a very successful doctor who physically abuses his children and wife... absolutely disgusting. yet i doubt he will ever get caught because he is careful to place markings only on areas that will be covered.
robintheshrew 8th-Nov-2012 02:07 am (UTC)
What the actual fuck?
gloraelin 8th-Nov-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
please put a trigger warning on this, either in the post title or cut tag. that was... not a pleasant surprise.
koshkabegemot 8th-Nov-2012 04:02 am (UTC)
.........................................................what the fuck.
ebay313 8th-Nov-2012 04:36 am (UTC)
"suspended with pay"

So basically his "punishment" was a fucking vacation -_-

dw_10rosefan 8th-Nov-2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
smh @ this douchbag.
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