Texas Judge Under Investigation After Daughter Releases Video of Savage Beating

County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams has become an Internet sensation, but not in a good way. A video was posted that purportedly shows the judge beating his disabled teenage daughter. Now, the YouTube video has triggered a formal investigation. The 2004 beating by the judge was reportedly due to her use of the Internet without his permission. The daughter leaked the video entitled “Family law judge beats own daughter for using the internet, please spread” to expose what she says is her father’s untreated “problem.” The daughter who has cerebral palsy was caught downloading music.

The family judge is shown on the tape beating her with a belt until she grabs it. He then returns to resume the beating with a new belt and is recorded saying “Bend over the f***ing bed . . . Lay down or I’ll spank you in the f***ing face.”

The mother is also heard saying “You turn over like a 16-year-old and take it like a grown woman.”

The judge then adds “If I hear so much as you raising your f***ing voice to me or your mother with the wrong tone or do one little thing or you look at me f***ing wrong, I’m going to wear your f***ing a** out with this belt.”

The judge admits that he is shown beating her with a belt but insists that he did noting wrong: “She’s mad because I’ve ordered her to bring the car back, in a nutshell, but yeah that’s me, I lost my temper.” He added “It was a long time ago… I really don’t want to get into this right now because as you can see my life’s been made very difficult over this child. . . In my mind I have not done anything wrong other than discipline my child when she was caught stealing. I did lose my temper, I’ve apologized.. it looks worse than it is.”

Critics have noted that Adams has previously ruled against children alleging abuse by their parents. Last October, Adams said that a child’s statements ‘amounted to no evidence’ despite witnesses and a video in the case as well as the supporting testimony of a child psychologist. He used the occasion to call children “fantasizers.”

Adams remains on the bench pending investigation.

The eight-minute video has been viewed millions of times.

What is interesting is the wife divorced the judge and is now supporting her daughter, saying that the judge was engaged in regular bouts of violence due to his “addiction.” She called it a “family secret.” She divorced him in 2007. Yet, the mother is shown on the video responding to the judge’s demand “Go get the belt. The big one. I’m going to spank her now.”

Local reporters say that a neighbor saw “Adams and his girlfriend packing luggage, a briefcase and rifles into their truck.”

There remains a debate over whether spanking or beating a child is per se abuse. There has been a shift in attitudes from the time when teachers routinely beat children and parents whipped their children. There is no per se rule against spanking but beatings of this savagery would meet most definitions of abuse. Texas defines physical harm as involving “substantial” injury, though it also includes emotional injury:

§ 261.001. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
(1) “Abuse” includes the following acts or omissions by a person:
(A) mental or emotional injury to a child that results in an observable and material impairment in the child’s growth, development, or psychological functioning;
(B) causing or permitting the child to be in a situation in which the child sustains a mental or emotional injury that results in an observable and material impairment in the child’s growth, development, or psychological functioning;
(C) physical injury that results in substantial harm to the child, or the genuine threat of substantial harm from physical injury to the child, including an injury that is at variance with the history or explanation given and excluding an accident or reasonable discipline by a parent, guardian, or managing or possessory conservator that does not expose the child to a substantial risk of harm;
(D) failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent an action by another person that results in physical injury that results in substantial harm to the child;
(E) sexual conduct harmful to a child’s mental, emotional, or physical welfare, including conduct that constitutes the offense of indecency with a child under Section 21.11, Penal Code, sexual assault under Section 22.011, Penal Code, or aggravated sexual assault under Section 22.021, Penal Code;
(F) failure to make a reasonable effort to prevent sexual conduct harmful to a child;
(G) compelling or encouraging the child to engage in sexual conduct as defined by Section 43.01, Penal Code;
(H) causing, permitting, encouraging, engaging in, or allowing the photographing, filming, or depicting of the child if the person knew or should have known that the resulting photograph, film, or depiction of the child is obscene as defined by Section 43.21, Penal Code, or pornographic;
(I) the current use by a person of a controlled substance as defined by Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code, in a manner or to the extent that the use results in physical, mental, or emotional injury to a child;
(J) causing, expressly permitting, or encouraging a child to use a controlled substance as defined by Chapter 481, Health and Safety Code; or
(K) causing, permitting, encouraging, engaging in, or allowing a sexual performance by a child as defined by Section 43.25, Penal Code.

The statute would indicate a ten-year statute of limitations for his type of crime:

Except as provided in Article 12.03, felony indictments may be presented within these limits, and not afterward:

(1) no limitation:
(A) murder and manslaughter;

(B) sexual assault, if during the investigation of the offense biological matter is collected and subjected to forensic DNA testing and the testing results show that the matter does not match the victim or any other person whose identity is readily ascertained; or

(C) an offense involving leaving the scene of an accident under Section 550.021, Transportation Code, if the accident resulted in the death of a person;
(2) ten years from the date of the commission of the offense:
(A) theft of any estate, real, personal or mixed, by an executor, administrator, guardian or trustee, with intent to defraud any creditor, heir, legatee, ward, distributee, beneficiary or settlor of a trust interested in such estate;

(B) theft by a public servant of government property over which he exercises control in his official capacity;

(C) forgery or the uttering, using or passing of forged instruments;

(D) injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual punishable as a felony of the first degree under Section 22.04, Penal Code;

(E) sexual assault, except as provided by Subdivision (1) or (5); or

(F) arson;

Based on the video evidence, it is odd that Adams would be left on the bench rather than put on leave pending the outcome of the investigation — particularly after his admission that he is the man shown beating the child.

[UPDATE: Adams has now taken a leave of absence.]

Here is the disturbing YouTube video.

Source: Seattle Pi as first seen on YouTube.

89 thoughts on “Texas Judge Under Investigation After Daughter Releases Video of Savage Beating

  1. Not only a disgrace to the bench and bar, but a disgrace of man as well. It is truly appalling that he’s not suspended as well.

  2. I have seen cases where judges not only refuse to credit the children’s description of abuse, but where they also, like this abuser-judge, rule out the valid testimony of qualified experts, mothers, etc., all to make a stupid and knowingly dishonest finding of “not a scintilla of evidence” or the equivalent idiotic and reprehensible finding. The fact that this judge has a reputation for refusing to protect children should come as no surprise; the fact that he is free, on the family court bench, to act without a jury and to “find” that facts and evidence are not “persuasvie” is also nothing new. I am sure I have encountered decisions from family court judges in the past who were themselves child abusers. After all, what would be the best job for a child abuser who happened to be able to get a law degree? Who concerns himself the most with gathering power? A CHILD ABUSER! What is appalling is that this man is allowed to continue to sit on the bench “pending” “investigation.” Let’s understand this: While he is under investigation for criminal child abuse he gets to decide if others like him should have
    (a) investigations or (b) perhaps custody?
    The worst part about this is that I am not surprised. People like me who have seen the gross abuses in the family court system are not surprised. Disgusted, yes. Glad someone recorded it and promulgated the report, yes. Surprised? Hardly.

  3. It’s abuse, not that it will matter. The judge will certainly not lose his position. Given the place where he’s from, this will just get him more votes next election.

    Conservatism and child abuse go together like peanut butter and jelly, or a better analogy would be alcohol and cigarettes.

  4. Suspended? This guy should be in Jail! He should be in jail for the rest of his life for this disgusting attack on a helpless child. Why in the hell is this considered “discipline”? This is a lethal attack on a handicapped girl that should be punished. Suspension is not the proper punishment for this brutal attack. Put him in jail and throw away the key. I could not even watch the entire video because it was so disturbing. Who the hell is running the camera, the mother of the child?

  5. Thanks, Jill.

    I’m sorry that I know the things I know; sometimes I can hardly live with it. And I don’t know very much, just what I have learned in the trenches.

    Laws don’t matter because judges apply them.

  6. Malisha,

    I certainly understand why this is extremely painful. The fact that judges both dismiss and engage in child abuse points to something very deeply engrained in this society–children are seen as the property of their parents.

    If this happened on the street, say two people got in a fight and one started beating the other this way, there would be an arrest and punishment. It is only when this happens in a family that a question arises over whether these same actions are criminal.

    We have a long history of people having rights of ownership over other people. In families, men traditionally have owned women and children and parents of any gender own children. That is what makes something which is clearly a crime, become “discipline”.

    It sounds like you’re fighting the good fight on behalf of children. Thank you!

  7. My understanding this judge is also the subject of another controversy that occurred on October 11th 2010 involving a child custody case.

    http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=143211 – not this was posted about on this forum in May 2011 well before this current controversy surrounding the judge.

    Interestingly in that case it was said (I believe by said Judge) that if there was no video evidence it did not happen. (ahem).

    I also understand Judge William Adams has agreed to take paid leave until things die down or the investigation is complete or something? Locals claim he was seen packing clothes and rifles and heading off from home with a purpose with his current girl friend.

    Isn’t this also one of those examples of someone bring their occupation / employers in to disrepute?

    Apparently the Texas State Commission Judicial Conduct has authority to investigate and sanction Judges who bring the judiciary in to disrepute.

    If this video doesn’t call his judgement in to question along with the seemingly dodgy case of Oct 11th 2010 then exactly how low can a judge go before they trigger some kind of meaningful investigation / sanction?

  8. “I really don’t want to get into this right now because as you can see my life’s been made very difficult over this child.”

    The casual use of “this child” is very disturbing because it suggests the Judge has disassociated from his own child. She isn’t his child she is a child, it’s practically objectifying his daughter.

    I would also say this is typical of his attitude because it’s not a slip that’s easily made, at least not in my experience as a father of a sometimes unruly daughter.

    It’s like “this child” is nothing more than an inconvenience; with an attitude like that there’s no wonder both her and her mother claim mental abuse – something few believed until the video was released.

    May be it’s a judge thing, to be objective, but when objectify too much you get situations as occurred in Abu Ghraib prison. Sounds pretty callous to me.

  9. OK, Judge says IF there’s no video, THEN it didn’t happen.

    So how’s he gonna get out of the charges against himself (if anybody brings any — prosecutors have absolute discretion)?


    If there is NO video,THEN it did not happen

    does not lead conclusively to:

    If there IS a videom then it DID happen

    As in IF the streets are ot wet, then it did not rain

    will not necessarily mean

    If the streets are wet the it DID rain.

    He’ll get out of this. The best way to get out of something like this is to have power.

  10. Dean,
    You are right about the judge and his use of “this child”!
    Anon nurse,
    Thanks for the clarification. This girl is better off with this felon in jail.

  11. rafflaw,

    The interview with Matt Lauer was illuminating… The mother and daughter have reconciled — the mother appears on The Today Show, too… It’s worth watching, IMO…

  12. The problem as I understand it with video evidence is demonstrating that the people in the video are the people being accused, since he’s admitted it I think that’s no longer an issue.

    He’ll likely get out of it because some investigation will take place and it will be decided that video simply shows a father disciplining his kid so they won’t bother taking it to court.

    If it gets to court I wonder if he will elect for trial by Judge…

    There’s already calls from those claiming to be investigating it for us not to let “emotion cloud judgement”. To me this sounds like if you rationalise it hard enough you’ll see it was perfectly reasonable.

    The judge will has already alluded to it being systematic disobedience that could cost him his career. He’s admitted to loosing his temper. He apologised so it’s okay now (NOT) although he says now in his mind he’s done nothing wrong.

    I wonder if they look after their own in Aransas County Texas? Will it play out in some way as I suggest above or will the Judge suffer some kind of sanction.

    Oh and someone reported somewhere the statute of limitations is 5 years not 10 so that about wraps it up too.

  13. There is also quite a measure of contempt and disdain in the judge’s (I did not say “in the father’s”) language when he speaks about “this child.”

    See, THIS CHILD had no right to cause trouble in his life. She had no right to cause him to “lose his temper” or to do any of the other many things that I am sure he will point to, if put on the spot, to show that SHE victimized HIM. It is an abuser’s stock in trade. He will out-victim everybody. He’s aleady sitting somewhere remembering all the terrible things “this child” and her mother have done to him over the years, now causing all this trouble, THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED!

  14. I’m not trying to make light of this situation, believe me…

    However, at my local paper’s website (I live about 40 miles from where this happened), a lot of the people who are crawling out from under rocks to defend this judge are using the “but she was stealing!” argument.

    Since her “crime” was was downloading mp3s, I have to wonder… when (not if, when) this judge starts looking for a new job, I wonder if the RIAA will try to get him as a lawyer/celebrity spokesperson?

  15. Aside from the very important and utterly central issues (belt-whipping a child…who is disabled…it’s hard to get past that at all) I still have questions.

    The daughter, asking that her father get help rather than punishment, and the mother collaborating (at the time) both seem to show signs of being brainwashed consistent with systematic domination/abuse. That worries me. Terms like “family secret” worry me more than “addiction,” unless she means “addicted to pushing weaker people around.”

    This judge might have been worried that a daughter illegally downloading music would jeopardize his career, but that is no justification. What I worry about is his sentencing career.

    Last (here, but not last of all,) is the grey area of criminal activity and even plain old bad behavior by teenagers still legally children. Beating anyone is wrong; corporal punishment after the age of reason is not only violence, but humiliation; and, to be coldly factual, it simply doesn’t work. But I honestly don’t know a single meaningful action that can be taken by an adult to curb inappropriate behavior in adult-sized teenagers who are legal minors and who won’t stop misbehaving.

  16. Yeah. it was me, but that was long ago and I lost my temper, and it was all her fault anyway. So I beat the crap out of my kid? So what? This is Texas and I’m a good christian, and a judge. Just don’t you piss me off too or….

  17. mespo, the best predictor of future behavior is to look at past behavior. From what he was saying about the belt, it has happened before. Also, the girl would not have set up her webcam if she had not thought it would happen again. She knew it was only a matter of time before he acted out against her again and wanted video evidence. She was savvy enough to know the public would believe him over her, since she was a judge; hence, the need for incontrovertible proof.

    Zebras don’t change their stripes.

  18. It occurs to me that this case has opened a Pandora’s box for appeals. I have a question for the attorneys here, especially the family law people. If you had lost a case before this judge in the past several years, what would be your next move?

    I thought so.

  19. mr. ed,

    The statute of limitations for child abuse in Texas is 10 years after the child’s eighteenth birthday. That means Aransas County will drag out their investigation until the girl is 28 years and one day old.

    Something that needs to be pointed out…

    If the dad wanted to do some, oh… I dunno, corrective discipline regarding his daughter’s computer use, it would seem that unplugging the computer would be the obvious solution. Had he done that, it would have rendered the daughter’s webcam useless. It’s a strong lesson that violence is the first resort for people who have a hard time thinking things through…

  20. I’ll let judge Adams take it like a man.he obviously is a coward like most bullies. He even is arming himself out of fear.

  21. Furthermore, profanity of any kind has certainly been deemed inappropriate for prime time news, and if any occurs on a later program it is once again preceded by a warning.Images are powerful, even more so when they are grounded in reality. We simply ask media outlets to use discretion and moderation when broadcasting them. I had no idea it was soo easy to make $88/hour easy on the computer!! I heard from this retired army friend of mine who had been without a job for 8 months since Iraq but last month his check was $7365 just working on the computer for a few hours. Then I gave it a shot and am smiling all the way to the bank! Read about it here: lazycash5,c0m (replace “0” and “,” with “o” and “.”)

  22. OS,
    This felon should not be on the bench he should be in a jail for at least the one brutal attack that was depicted on the film. If this isn’t stopped and not jailed and removed from the bench, he will abuse someone else.

  23. raff, if he does go to prison over this, he will have to do his time in the protective custody unit. PC is about as bad as max, because the inmate is locked down 23-7. He will not be allowed contact with other inmates because of the risk of him being shanked.

  24. Even Fox news is going off on the judge. Just caught a few minutes of Shep Smith and he was doing his best to keep his composure. However, that may be a case of the pot calling the kettle black, since Smith was arrested after a road rage incident about ten years ago.

  25. Elaine, that is the word I am getting from reading related stories. The behavior you see her exhibiting in the video is typical. She goes along so he will not beat her too. That household must have been a real fun place….not.

  26. OS and Elaine,
    It is sad that a guy allegedly abused his wife along with the obvious abuse of his daughter and he is still free to roam. Sick bastard.

  27. Elaine, the daughter has absolved her mother of any guilt for her acts in that video, claiming her mother suffered abuse, too, and they have mended their fences since escaping the judge’s shadow.

  28. Otteray Scribe: “It occurs to me that this case has opened a Pandora’s box for appeals.”

    Hope so, this guy has probably done some serious damage from the bench. His decisions need a through review.

    A serious ass-kicking wouldn’t be out of line either, just sayn’.

  29. I don’t know anything about Texas criminal law, but in Florida this would be a misdemeanor and the statute of limitations would have run already. Someone with free access to Westlaw (any curious GW students around?) should look up how Texas courts have interpreted “substantial harm”.

  30. Thanks, Jack. That is disappointing, but I have a feeling the Texas Bar is not finished with him. And his chances of re-election are, hopefully, between nil and none.

  31. From what I’m reading a charge of felony Child Abuse has a 10 year statute of limitations but the lesser charge of Injury to a Child has a shorter statute of limitations. It would be interesting to know the details of the investigation in this matter otherwise this judge seems to be getting off on the basis of prosecutorial discretion.

  32. On newsvine a character named vivan posted:

    Nothing wrong with this… I’m not in favor of child abuse but using a belt has never been child abuse. Its no different than a spanking and the only way to get through to some of these kids about the dangers of the internet

    To which I replied:


    What say we do a little experiment where you let me whip you with a belt for 7 minutes and then you can report back to us whether or not you think it was abusive.

  33. Culheath, you forgot to mention that during the whipping Vivan would have to be subjected to cursing and four letter obscenities.

    Empathy never was a strong point for authoritarian personality types.

  34. Lottakatz, something that was just pointed out to me is that Texas law has enhancements dealing with handicapped minors and the elderly. Hillary Adams has a form of cerebral palsy, which would almost certainly qualify for the handicapped enhancement, kicking the lesser charge of Injury to a Child back up to a felony.

    If this had been Billy Adams, the Aransas County shrimper, instead of William Adams, the Aransas County judge, I’m sure the DA would have found all sorts of goodies in the penal code.

    This is just another reminder that we don’t have a Justice System in this country, we have a Legal System. Big difference.

  35. Jack,

    You are correct….Thanks for the updates….I know a reporter on the news paper….I’ll give em a shout and get the skinny….if they can elaborate….

  36. Jack, Yes, thanks for the updates. You’re right about the difference between having a justice system v the legal system we have.

  37. The district attorney SHOULD have asked that a special prosecutor from outside the county be appointed. I smell home cookin’.

  38. @Anonymously Yours,

    Do get the skinny if you can.

    I know a bunch of lawyers, paralegals and a judge or two in Nueces County. I’m meeting up with a paralegal friend this weekend who will definitely have some skinny. She gave me a teaser in email today, saying some of his decisions are most definitely going to come under some scrutiny.


    It is my understanding that Aransas County does not have its own DA, but a Perry appointee. I might be wrong about the Perry appointee thing, but the exact quote was “We are the largest county without our own DA”. I’m guessing in the current DA’s eyes, he already sees himself as a special prosecutor.

    And lest anyone not already be aware of this, South Texas politics are as corrupt as the day is long. I’m not talking your standard to-be-expected level of corruption, I’m talking Chicago-could-learn-from-us corruption. This is the land where the dead roamed the earth, not searching for brains, but searching for ballot boxes so they could vote for LBJ.

  39. Just checked the Aransas County, TX web page. Click on the “Contact Us” link to any county department and instead of an email address, this is what you get:

    Please Fill out the Form Below
    ** = – Required Field
    Please Accept Our Apologies!
    But an invalid or unexpected response was
    received while processing your request!
    The upstream Server Reported “HTTP 503 Service Unavailable”!
    A fatal error occured while attempting to connect to the upstream Web Proxy!
    Tech Support has been notified of this condition!
    Error Retrieving
    Contact Information.

    Looks as if the incoming emails have overwhelmed the system, almost like a DDoS attack, except maybe worse.

  40. rafflaw,

    You’re probably more correct than you think.

    A person I chatted with today – the guy who explained to me that Aransas County doesn’t have an elected DA – is a County employee and he told me that the news stories don’t even begin to describe the chaotic situation they’re going through. The articles make it sound like they’re trying to get sympathy, but the reality is that they are overwhelmed in every sense of the word.

    The guy I talked to was talking to me because he skipped work today, as did several other employees, leaving the two lowest people on the totem pole to field all the phone calls. (Many of which were death threats)

    The morning the story hit the local paper, they already had a notice up that said, basically, “Please stop calling. We are dealing with the situation”.

    It’s a virtual certainty that they’re dealing with all sorts of DDoS attacks, but even if they weren’t, their servers would probably be crashed from the legitimate traffic.

    Aransas County is populated with pretty much nothing but shrimpers and oyster shuckers. Oh… and one child-abusing judge. (Actually Rockport is a really pretty little town; a google image search will back me up). I’ve lived in South Texas for most of my 47 years and this is by far the biggest thing I can remember happening in Aransas County.

    When Dick Cheney shot that guy while hunting, it happened in Kenedy County, to our south, and that event was nothing compared to what Aransas County is dealing with.

  41. I am actually delighted to hear that there is a huge storm of protest over what this judge has done. If we start getting people to believe the realities (of the corruption, dishonesty, brutality, and just plain low class amoral conduct) some of our judges will have to start thinking they are not immune to all regulation or all social condemnation when they go off the rails. Most of them, when they do what they KNOW to be wrong, become so pre-emptively self-righteously pompously accusatory and vindictive to any victims who have an ounce of protest left in them, that nobody ever has hard evidence to put up on the web or to use in any non-corrupt forum.

    NON CORRUPT FORUM, what am I thinking?

    I am thinking this: If facebook can bring down a middle eastern potentate, it can bring down a Texas judge. Why should we not hold this reprehensible thug in CONTEMPT? Shouldn’t we hold him in CONTEMPT? Is there any other way we can possibly see him?

    Let that corrupt murderous little Texas fiefdom protect their judge; I think there’s enough outrage out there now that he might not be able to weild his power any longer. Maybe his younger daughter will be safe.

    They ought to tear down his courthouse and make him eat the whole building brick by brick, pulverized and stirred into lukewarm MacDonalds coffee.

    Oh no, try this one:

    May he live in a mansion with 100 rooms,
    and in each room may he have 100 big soft beds
    and may he leap forever and ever from bed to bed in a malarial fever.

  42. The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct would be the ones who could act. Judge William Adams is an elected official and it was suggested they had no authority to remove him however they let slip there is a mechanim without elaborating.

    I’d say the judge william adams behaviour brings the judiciary in to disrepute; if it hasn’t then what can?

    Formal complaints have to use their form and be mailed: tedious I know but deliberate, it means you have to put effort in to your rage and be counted.


  43. Thanks for the update Otteray. I guess we watch and wait now to see what justice means in Texas.

    I posted my complaint yesterday so they’ll still get it.

  44. Judge William Adams Won’t Be Charged Over Videotaped Beating Of Daughter, Police Say
    CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN 11/ 3/11 09:31 PM ET

    “McALLEN, Texas — A Texas family law judge whose daughter secretly videotaped him savagely beating her seven years ago won’t face criminal charges because too much time has elapsed, police said Thursday.

    Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams likely would have been charged with causing injury to a child or other assault-related offenses for the 2004 beating of his then-16-year-old daughter, but the five-year statutes of limitations expired, Rockport Police Chief Tim Jayroe said.”


  45. raff and David, what odds do you give for him keeping his law license? He has set a new level of clarity for the term, “bringing disrepute on his profession.”

  46. Yep. And the polygamist wives who hand their kids over to child molesters are also “brainwashed”. But the men aren’t. They just grew up in the same cult. Strange the girl hung onto this video for seven years and decided to release it coincidentally as her fathers financial support was going away. But, as she claims it was just to make him get help. I think the father knows he flipped and so does the daughter. It’s the mother claiming she was brainwashed that I don’t believe. She had as much guilt in this whipping as he did.

  47. I don’t know about loosing his law license but a judge with demonstrably questionable judgement doesn’t seem tenable to me; it’s made worse by ther fact his judgement was called in to question a year ago back with respect to a child abuse case. Oct 12 2010 references.

    In my opinion his actions have made a mockary of his judiciary and inaction by the state commission on judicial conduct will make a mockary of the state judicial system.

    The man is lucky by virtue of statutes of limitations not to be prosecuted. I cannot see how anyone who could have been prosecuted for this kind of crime can continue to be a judge.

    The irony is if he does loose his income then there is bound to be a reduction in the amount of financial support the mother and daughter get.

    Incidentally it’s interesting how he admits to trying to blackmail his daughter in to getting a better job before claiming she released the video because she was blackmailing him.

    No idea what financial arrangements the divorce involved but I cannot imagine the amount of money due from him was based on his daughters’ performance.

  48. On the subject of the mother. She puts up a passive defense of her daughet by first saying she’d already spanked her. She then takes the belt away from him and says she’ll do it, he goes to get another. The mother does deliver on her promise to do it by delivering one blow.

    The dynamics of such relationships are complex and here we only have a snap shot.

    I don’t believe this was the only time he did it because his daughter was able to predict his behavior; the cynics could liken this to a police sting operation where the situation is set up but the subject is free to choose their action – he wasn’t led in to it, if anything his wife saying she’d already spanked her was a deflection.

    Since I believe this wasn’t the first time I believe the daughter was scared, in fact him being a judge would likely make one more scared since the enforcers are his buddies. I therefore believe the video was kept as a last resort.

    As it was used there must have been a significant trigger. Normally divorce involves the man supporting his wife if that’s what he did during the marriage. Presumably an arrangement was made with this divorce and it seems judge william adams wanted to change it based on some notion as to how his daughter (this girl) should lead her life.

  49. Well, it appears that this fine model of family law jurisprudence is going to get a walk on this incident primarily because it has supposedly ran past the Texas statute of limitations. I hope that the Feds can find something to hang their hat on to make this sick bastard richly pay for his sins against his daughter. And what’s worse is that Judge Adams is a card-carrying law-and-order Texas Republican. Makes one wonder if a defendant is found guilty in his courtroom, if he doesn’t just take them out back of the courthouse and soundly strap them with his belt to simply show them who is boss. I understand he is up for re-election on Tuesday. I sincerely hope that with his Aransas County electorate, that he ends up coming in third in a two-man race!

  50. Anonymously Yours,

    Thanks for keeping me posted. The Corpus-Christi Caller-Times published an editorial today suggesting Adams resign.

    In the comments, someone offered an interesting timeline to Judge Adams’ career:

    I would like to point out that the “good ol’ boy” system has been a mainstay in Aransas County. Here’s how Adams came to be the Judge of a County Court:

    1998: Adams, a former Naval prosecutor and private lawyer, is elected to the position of County Judge of the Commissioners Court

    2000-2001: Adams and his “buddies” on the court petition State Representative Gene Seaman to have legislation passed to create a “new” Statutory Court of Law

    June 2001: Legislation was passed to create the new Statutory Court at Law – a judge would have to be appointed by the Commissioners Court

    September 2001: At a Special Called meeting of the Commissioners Court Adams resigned his position as County Judge to accept the appointment (voted on by his “buddies”) to the position of Judge of the new Statutory Court of Law; Commissioner Guillory resigns as commissioner and is appointed County Judge; James Cooper-Hill is appointed to the position of commissioner

    Adams is subsequently elected to the position at the next election and then re-elected. He touts himself as the first Republican judge of the court, which seems like an accomplishment, but he arranged for the court and then wanted the appointment.

    He’s as crooked as they get and it seems most of Aransas County is too. He was (notice past-tense) well-connected and I am more than sure that had a great bearing on his ability to cover-up and get away with his behavior in the courtroom and in the home.

    The CCCT Editorial Board is very much correct in stating he should resign. As this is the only statutory court in Aransas County, his rulings and oversight of civil and criminal proceedings will never be trusted. I am also very alarmed with the knowledge this slime was trained by our US Navy. Not only is he a disgrace to any relative, Rockport/Aransas County community, our region, our state, legal and judicial community, but what a horrible disgrace to our military. However, it seems his arrogance will not allow him to see this and he will remain in office(unless disbarred and removed from the bench). I would believe that by reviewing the Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the American Bar Association, which Texas adopted in 1989, he violated several areas of (Rule 8) Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession.

    The only thing I have to add to his comment is that this is by no-means specific to the Republicans in South Texas. In fact, it’s only recently that Republicans have had enough power in the area to do this type of stuff.

  51. Jack, Thanks for the continuing updates. That’s an interesting timeline. There’s nothing like feathering your own nest.

  52. Most of the commissioners of any kind of commission that oversees anything that exercises any power over lawyers or judges in an area like that are men and women who would back Adams over any helpless victim of a person like Adams anyway.

    Most of them have spent their whole lives covering up stuff worse than we have witnessed or even can imagine.

    A little comment on the way Adams’ wife acted while she was in his control: I don’t think it was any more blameworthy than the conduct of every lawyer who ever appeared before him in the courtroom. They all scrape and bow and if they see a judge openly violating a child’s right to be free from abuse (or any other human rights issue) they suck it up and do whatever is necessary to keep him from coming down on THEM like a ton of powerful bricks.

  53. This public furor, brought on by the older daughter’s viral You-Tube video, is, in my opinion, the only thing that caused a judge hearing the custody case over the younger daughter to issue an order protecting the child. I am now convinced that the reason the older daughter brought this to public light was to protect her sister, and all KUDOS TO HER for doing that. In cases where an older child was abused but the younger one is still subject to court-ordered and court-protected abuse, I have seen 99 times out of 100 that the older child’s attempts to get information before the court that would protect the younger sibling are ignored and even that the older child is subjected to conscience-shocking behavior on the part of the family court judges (social workers, lawyers, guardians ad litem, etc. etc. etc.) for trying to speak up for their helpless siblings who have not yet been emancipated by operation of time. This young woman is to be thanked not only by her sister but by anyone who cares about the welfare of children. She stepped out there to launch a counter-attack against a dangerous enemy and she prevailed. BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO!!!!!!!

  54. Judge William Adams has attracted the attention of Anonymous. It is never a good thing to be a target of Anonymous. One is mindful of the old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”

    This is the opening salvo of Anonymous Operation DoxTheJudge

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