Judge William Adams, Who Whipped Daughter with Belt: Stays on Bench, Gets Public Warning from Conduct Commission

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Judge William Adams will stay on the bench.
The south Texas judge secretly taped beating his daughter with a belt has been disciplined by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, who hears family-law cases, was issued a public warning by the commission, dated September 4.

The 2004 video (after the jump) was made by the judge's then-teen daughter, whose ongoing dispute with her father over various matters has been the subject of national-news interviews since it hit YouTube in November. The tape shows Adams whipping her with his belt and saying such stuff as "Bend over the fucking bed!!" and threatening to hit her "in your fucking face."

He has been suspended from hearing cases since the controversy flared and the commission further investigated.

The warning means Adams will be allowed to stay on the bench, although he likely will face a lot of recusal motions.

Court documents show mixed reactions to Adams among the more than a dozen or so attorneys and staff interviewed by the commission:

all of the attorneys praised Judge Adams for his fairness and impartiality, as well as his knowledge of the law. All were of the opinion that Judge Adams was a good judge, who made reasoned decisions based on the law and what was in the best interests of the children
However, six attorneys believed that Judge Adams could no longer be effective in court because the conduct portrayed in the videotape created the public perception that the judge could not be fair and impartial in cases involving allegations of family violence, child abuse, or assault.
At least eight of the attorneys who practiced regularly in Judge Adams' court...described a pattern of incidents in which Judge Adams displayed anger and poor judicial demeanor toward certain attorneys appearing in his courtroom.

More specifically, witnesses recalled that Judge Adams often treated the now-former Aransas County Attorney, Jim Anderson ("Anderson"), in an unprofessional and discourteous manner, and frequently exhibited angry, undignified, and demeaning conduct when interacting with Anderson in the courtroom.

In light of all that, the commission said, it was issuing a public warning.

Here's the tape in question, if you have the stomach for it:

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roselenabrookslovean
roselenabrookslovean

 why has this case gone so big,  leave judge Adams life alone, he's getting older and so is his kids, he is trying to do the best for them in his eyes and you torchering him for it. i am only thirteen my self and if my dad ever did this to me i would take the consequences for my actions, i mean she shouldn't of done what she did and her dad was a judge at the time so he didn't want her to grow up being a bad ass thinking she can do what she likes and to go against the law so he was punishing her to stop her bad behavior so she would grow up and be a hard working bright young lady. i admit he went a bit far with the beating but he was mad so you cant just torcher him for it now and as for his younger daughter Allison she should visit him and behave around him and if he said to workout at the gym she should but do it for fun because she's not actually fat just make it a fun day out with her dad. please if you want to discuss this with me email me back at roselena1998@googlemail.com i will be at school most the time but i promise to reply back to you if you send me a email many thank Roselena Marie brooks 

gentian
gentian

Republican Family Values vis a vis teenage kids: buy them a Lexus if they listen to you, beat them with a belt and threaten to punch them in the face if they don't.

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

I wonder if the judge was sexually aroused when he delivered the blows to his daughter?  When corporal punishment is administered toward post-pubescent subjects, it makes me wonder.

Kevin596
Kevin596

This "man" is an angry, violent child abuser.  He needs to spend some cooling off time in TDC to see what happens to child abusers.

Texpatriate
Texpatriate

Of course this is how he turned out.  He's a Republican, in front of  a board dominated by gubernatorial and Texas Supreme Court appointees.  They'd never discipline anyone within their party.

Deborah Clise
Deborah Clise

So after all this information is leaked out for everyone to see and everyone is horribly offended by this radical behavior, all the man gets is a slap on the wrist? Are we all missing the point here?

John Powell
John Powell

I think I'm going to throw up, how can any State Commision include that line in their report and then reinstate him ? What is wrong with these people for crying out loud ?

Alan Spackman
Alan Spackman

That video came off as sadistic to me, like he was in some psychotic fury and getting some sort of thrill out of acting tyranically. Its not the punishment, its how it was carried out

jennytulltx
jennytulltx

He is billy bad-ass with that belt, isn't he?  I can see how this might prove problematic for a family court judge.

Russ McClung
Russ McClung

when i got my ass whipped like that, i damn sure didn't do it again lol

Ian IceCream Castillo
Ian IceCream Castillo

I use to get a "paddlin'" when I was a kid but it wasn't as long or as many strikes. That was a bit much.

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

After all that, they still refer to him as "Honorable"?

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