Posted: Sep 6, 2012 7:31 PM by Mia Gordon - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - There is new information about an Aransas County judge who made international headlines when he was seen on video, beating his daughter with a belt.
Today the State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a public warning to the County Court at Law Judge William Adams.
Back in November of last year, the judges oldest daughter, Hillary Adams, posted a Youtube video that she had secretly recorded back in 2004.
It was the video that shocked viewers around the world. Judge William Adams beating his daughter with a belt and swearing at her.
There was no criminal investigation because of the Statute of Limitations.
Adams was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
And after months of waiting, the investigation is now done. The judge received a public warning for his actions.
What does that mean?
It's basically a reprimand. He can either appeal the decision or he could go to the Supreme Court to ask them to lift the suspension.
He may even get back on the bench. In fact, 6 attorneys who were interviewed by the commission remained supportive of the judge. While Another 6 believed he was no longer effective.
So we called Hillary on the phone to see how she felt about all of this.
When she heard the news, Hillary had trouble putting in to words just how she felt, "Just pure, oh my God. I don't want to curse because I know I'm being recorded and everything, but I am just furious."
What bothered Hillary the most? She says, "That license is what allows him to protect kids, and he was beating his own. I am sure you understand the extent of how ludicrous this is."
Hillary was hoping her dad would loose his law license. And she wasn't the only family member hoping he would never see the bench again.
His ex wife, Hallie Adams says, "In my opinion all I've seen him do is use his knowledge as a judge and a lawyer to do evil. And to do evil to his own family."
When I asked Hillary what she would say to her father now, she said, "I would tel him how dare you hurt the people that are closest to you."
Judge Adams had previously sent out a statement saying that his daughter was just trying to get revenge for a financial issue, and he didn't do anything wrong.
Judge Adams has 30 days to appeal the public warning issued by the State Commission.
His other option is to go directly to the Texas Supreme Court and ask to lift his suspension. He won't be allowed back on the bench unless the suspension is lifted.
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