A few weeks ago, people around the world were shocked to see a YouTube video of a Texas judge beating his daughter repeatedly with a belt. Hillary Adams, now 23 years old, recently posted the video of the incident that occurred when she was 16 years old. The outcry was significant, as people called for Adams to be charged for the assault and also removed from his position as a judge, which included child abuse cases.
On Tuesday, the Texas Supreme Court suspended him from his duties, with pay, pending an investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. According to NPR, Adams agreed to the suspension, but has not admitted “guilt, fault or wrongdoing” in this case. In fact, Adams continues to insist that the beating was “not as bad as it looks on tape.”
In addition to fighting to keep his job, Adams is also fighting to keep access to his 10-year-old daughter. On Wednesday, state district Judge Kemper Stephen Williams signed a temporary order indicating that Adams would only be allowed to see his 10-year-old daughter on supervised visits and he is barred from injuring her or threatening to hurt her. The order also requires both William Adams and his ex-wife Hallie Adams to attend a parenting class within the next 30 days.
These decisions provide at least some temporary relief to those who were concerned about Williams potential to hurt his younger daughter and about his ability to stand in judgment of other parents, deciding whether they are fit to raise their children, in the numerous family law cases that he handled. You can still sign the petition demanding that Judge William Adams step down.
Photo credit: Screen capture from YouTube video of beating with inset picture of Judge William Adams from the Aransas County Website.