The Texas judge caught on video beating his teenage daughter has been placed on paid leave by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, pending further investigation.
Judge William Adams agreed with the Commission’s order and waived the right to a hearing in the temporary suspension, while maintaining his innocence of any “wrongdoing.”
The video, uploaded by his now 23 year-old daughter Hillary, shows the judge beating her with a belt. During the beating, the judge says to ”lay down or I’ll spank you in your f***ing face,” and that he will whip her “into submission.” The recording goes on for nearly 7 minutes and was given a warning on YouTube, due to explicit content.
The Judge was outspoken from the very beginning. “In my mind, I haven’t done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing,” Adams said. “And I did lose my temper, but I’ve since apologized.”
While Judge Adams will not face charges or jail time due to the beating, because of the statute of limitations, there has still been ample backlash from the viral video. Adams lost custody of his 10 year old daughter and just last week a restraining order was placed on the Judge, preventing him from even seeing her without his ex-wife’s permission. Under the order he is not allowed to drink alcohol within 24 hours of a visitation and is barred from demoralizing or harassing his ex.
The video, entitled Family law judge beats own daughter for using the internet, please spread, created a huge uproar and the Judge, admitting it was him in the video, subsequently received many phone calls, emails and death threats. His office was also flooded with faxes and similar correspondence from outraged citizens. Adams released a statement through his lawyer in an attempt to justify his actions and downplay the seriousness of the accusations.
However the Daily Mail reports that in a ruling made in late 2010, Judge Adams stated that a child’s testimony “amounted to no evidence” even though the child’s statements were backed up by witnesses as well as video evidence. He also concurred with an attorney that said kids are “fantasisers” and their statements in court should not be considered valid.