US: Judge William Adams beats daughter for using the internet. Very Disturbing Video. (Follow-up report)
By CNN. YouTube
Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011
Update: On November 5 we published the video below of William Adams, a Texas Judge, cursing, berating and beating his daughter who has a disability for using the internet in 2004. She secretly recorded the beating and the video recently surfaced, receiving national attention. The report stated that Judge Adams "is unlikely to face criminal charges" - no surprise there. In this follow-up story we are told that the Texas Supreme Court dealt Judge Adams a suspension, meaning that he will keep his job and continue to preside over child abuse cases as a family court judge. Some would have us believe that this event is atypical of US judges. But it's only one story of many that could be told about the pathetic judiciary in the U.S. and the corruption that has even been written into the laws themselves, in this case, "the statute of limitations." This judge is obviously unfit to preside in any court let alone family court and the corporate media nailed him when the video blew the lid off. But the same media ignores the many other judges in civil and criminal courts who slap wrists of corporations and 'white collar criminals' who are equally guilty in a system that has institutionalized corruption. - LMB
William Adams, Family Court Judge in Texas
(CNN) -- Judge William Adams, who made national headlines after the release of a 2004 video [below] of him beating his then-teenage daughter, has been suspended by the Texas Supreme Court.
Adams, while not admitting guilt or wrongdoing, agreed to the suspension. He will be paid during the suspension.
The judge's lawyer, William Dudley, said his client proposed the suspension motion with input from the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, which is investigating the incident. Adams already was on voluntary leave, Dudley said in a statement to CNN.
In a separate ruling, a Texas judge ruled Wednesday that Adams can have supervised visitation with his younger daughter, 10.
Adams, a court-at-law judge in Aransas County, was roundly criticized when his now-adult daughter posted online a video of him beating her with a belt when she was 16.
The video [below] also showed the judge cursing and berating Hillary Adams.
William Adams was punishing the girl for using the Internet "to acquire music and games that were unavailable for legal purchase at the time," Hillary Adams wrote on the web posting.
Texas judge accused of abuse
Hillary Adams: My father is in denial
Hillary Adams: I finally snapped
Judge responds to allegations The video is punctuated by cracks of the man's belt and the girl's screams and cries.
At one point in the 7 1/2-minute video, the man says to his near-hysterical daughter, "What happened to you, Hillary? Once you were an obedient, nice little girl. Now you lie, cheat and steal."
He yells at her, "You want to put some more computer games on? You want some more?"
"Are you happy?" he asks her. "Disobeying your parents? You don't deserve to f---ing be in this house."
He also berates the girl's mother for allowing a "f---ing computer" in the house.
"I wanted to show my father, 'Hey, I think you were in some denial about the way you are treating me and my mother.' And maybe showing him this would make him see something he didn't before," Hillary Adams, now 23, told CNN.
Earlier this month, William Adams released a statement 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.
Adams handles family-related and juvenile court issues for the county court system.
Meanwhile, a judge ruled Wednesday that Adams can have supervised visitation with his 10-year-old daughter.
"Respondent is enjoined from causing bodily injury to the child or threatening the child with bodily injury," District Judge Kemper Stephen Williams ordered.
"The parties are ... ordered to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that will minimize the exposure of the child to harmful parental conflict," according to a copy of the order provided by attorney Brett Pritchard, who represents the judge's former wife, Hallie Adams.
Dudley said both parents, who have joint custody, have been ordered to attend a parenting class. They divorced in 2007.
"Judge Adams is certain that Judge Williams' ruling reflects the trial court's paramount duty to protect this child's best interests," Dudley said in a statement. "Judge Adams will take all appropriate steps to abide by the court's temporary ruling."
Hallie Adams had unilaterally tried to keep his client away from the girl, Dudley said.
A temporary restraining order issued earlier this month enjoined Adams from visiting his younger daughter, Pritchard said.
Earlier this month, Hallie Adams told CNN's Anderson Cooper about what she called a dysfunctional home where violence was a regular occurrence. The mother participated in the videotaped beating, but has since apologized. She said her former husband told her to help administer the punishment.
"She's ashamed she allowed that to happen," Pritchard told CNN Wednesday. "She's elated her 10-year-old will be able to visit with her dad but not be subjected to emotional and verbal abuse."
Editor's Note: If a father like this should not be locked up, noboby should. This horrific beating by a father on his disabled child is the result of a mentality that is far more prevalent in the United States than many people realize. The same US media that protects or ignores people like this are the loudest voices complaining of Sharia Law in Arab and Muslim countries.
Regarding the judge/father, the media reports,
"He is unlikely to face criminal charges after authorities said that the statute of limitations for causing bodily injury to a child is five years. The incident occurred seven years ago."
Therefore, due to a legal technicality, this father will not be held accountable for his abuse. He defended this beating saying, "It wasn't as bad as it looks." You can be the judge of that. We can be sure that this one, secretly recorded by his daughter was not the only beating and form of abuse that the daughter of Judge Adams suffered.
- Les Blough, Editor
This is a mirror of shoehedgie's video showing her father, Judge William Adams, abusing her with a belt. I do not claim to own any rights to this video.
"2004: Arkansas County Court-At-Law Judge William Adams took a belt to his own teenage daughter as punishment for using the internet to acquire music and games that were unavailable for legal purchase at the time. She has had ataxic cerebral palsy from birth that led her to a passion for technology, which was strictly forbidden by her father's backwards views. The judge's wife was emotionally abused herself and was severely manipulated into assisting the beating and should not be blamed for any content in this video. The judge's wife has since left the marriage due to the abuse, which continues to this day, and has sincerely apologized and repented for her part and for allowing such a thing, long before this video was even revealed to exist. Judge William Adams is not fit to be anywhere near the law system if he can't even exercise fit judgement as a parent himself. Do not allow this man to ever be re-elected again. His "judgement" is a giant farce. Signed, Hillary Adams, his daughter"
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