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Judge in video beating seeks reinstatement; ex-wife is opposed

Judge in video beating seeks reinstatement; ex-wife is opposed

POSTED: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 11:15am

UPDATED: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 11:19am

A judge suspended after an online video showed him beating his teenage daughter is asking the Texas Supreme Court to reinstate him.

Judge William Adams' former wife, however, opposes his return to the bench.

Adams was suspended last year after the 2004 video went public. It showed him beating his then-16-year-old daughter because she downloaded online music and games.

Click here to view reactions from a Baton Rouge-resident who formerly lived in the same town as Judge Adams

He signed off on a public warning Wednesday issued by the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct, waiving his right to appeal its sanction. The signature clears the way for the Supreme Court to rule on a motion to have his suspension lifted, which the commission supports.

It was not immediately clear when the court would rule on the matter.

His former wife, Hallie Adams, filed a grievance with the commission in August. In a letter to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, she asked that the justices not to lift his suspension until her complaint has been fully investigated.

"I have not been able to get anyone to protect me and now I am trying to protect the public from being judged by a person that I feel does not have the capacity to act fairly and effectively as a judge as evidence of how he has treated his own family over the years," Hallie Adams said Wednesday.

As a judge, William Adams handles misdemeanor cases, including family-related and juvenile court issues.

Hillary Adams unleashed a firestorm in November when she posted a seven-year-old video of her father beating her when she was 16.

Aransas County Attorney Richard Bianchi said at the time that his office was overwhelmed with calls and e-mails, including some from overseas, after the video went viral on the Internet.

The 2004 beating occurred when her father was punishing her for using the Internet "to acquire music and games that were unavailable for legal purchase at the time," Adams wrote on the Internet posting. She said she released the video after being harassed by her father.

"It was the straw that broke the camel's back," she said in November. "It wasn't any huge happening or anything." She said she told her father she had the video, "and he didn't seem to think anything of it, and basically dared me to post it."

The video posting said, "Judge William Adams is not fit to be anywhere near the law system if he can't even exercise fit judgment as a parent himself. Do not allow this man to ever be re-elected again. His 'judgment' is a giant farce. Signed, Hillary Adams, his daughter."

The 7 1/2-minute video is punctuated by cracks of the man's belt and the girl's screams and cries.

At one point, 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."

At another point, he yells at her, "You want to put some more computer games on? You want some more?"

William Adams has acknowledged that the man in the video is him.

Hillary Adams "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," according to the posting on the YouTube video.

Ataxic cerebral palsy is a rare form of the condition and affects balance.

Since going up in November, a Facebook page called "Don't Re-Elect Judge William Adams" has attracted more than 32,500 "likes." A Spanish-language version has collected more than 300 more.

"This man is a terrible excuse for a human being! Shame on you!" said one post on the page. "He is nothing but a bully and deserves adult punishment! God bless his daughter!"

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