Texas Supreme Court Reinstates Family Law Judge Who Was Caught on Camera Beating His Disabled Daught [View all]
The South Texas family law judge who garnered Internet infamy last year after a YouTube video emerged showing him severely beating his then-teenage daughter has been reinstated by the state's Supreme Court effective immediately.
Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams was suspended with pay last November after his daughter, Hillary Adams, posted an online video secretly taped in 2004 that shows the judge repeatedly striking the then-16-year-old with a belt for downloading games and music off the Internet. Compounding the hideousness of the "punishment" is the fact that Hillary was born with ataxic cerebral palsy.
By the time the video surfaced, the statute of limitations on child abuse had expired, and Adams received no censure outside a public warning issued by the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct which carries no real consequences.
The Texas Supreme Court yesterday approved an agreement under which Adams waives his right to appeal the warning, and, in exchange, he is allowed to resume his judicial duties.