November 23, 2011
The Texas supreme court has suspended a judge whose beating of his then-teenage daughter in 2004 has been viewed millions of times on the internet.
Aransas county court-at-law judge William Adams was suspended immediately with pay pending the outcome of the inquiry started earlier this month by the state commission on judicial conduct, according to an order signed on Tuesday by the clerk of the state’s highest court.
The order makes clear that while Adams agreed to the commission’s recommended temporary suspension and waived the hearing and notice requirements, he does not admit “guilt, fault or wrongdoing” regarding the allegation.
Adams’s daughter Hillary Adams, who is now 23, uploaded the secretly recorded video of her father beating her repeatedly with a belt for making illegal downloads from the internet.