Judge Barred From Younger Daughter
November 13, 2011 by staff
Judge Barred From Younger Daughter, Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, who was secretly recorded beating his older daughter with a belt in a video that went viral, has been barred from being alone with his youngest daughter, at least until a hearing later this month.
State District Judge Kemper Stephen Williams issued a temporary restraining order late Thursday barring Adams from being alone with the 10-year-old girl.
Adams’ ex-wife, Hallie, sought the order.
Adams, 51, has not held court since his older daughter Hillary Adams, 23, released the secretly recorded video that shows him beating her with a belt in 2004 when she was a teenager.
The State Commission on Judicial Conduct is investigating the incident.
The 13-member panel, which is comprised of judges, lawyers and regular citizens, has the authority, after a formal hearing, to censure a judge or recommend to the Texas Supreme Court that the judge be suspended or removed.
Earlier this month, Adams issued a statement through his lawyer on Thursday in which he questioned his daughter’s motives for posting the video online.
The judge did not apologize in the three-page statement for lashing his then 16-year-old daughter 17 times with a belt.
Adams says he will “respond” to any investigations.
The clip shows Adams, who handles family abuse cases, violently whipping his daughter in the legs more than a dozen times and profanely berating her.
The description posted with the video says the girl “has had ataxic cerebral palsy from birth.”
It says she was being punished for using the Internet “to acquire music and games.”
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