When Texas judge William Adams discovered that his daughter, Hillary Adams, had been illegally downloading games and music on the internet, he and his wife beat the 16-year-old repeatedly with a belt.
Hillary, who was diagnosed with ataxic cerebral palsy at birth, recorded the incident back in 2004 and uploaded it to YouTube just a few days ago.
Hillary Adams says she uploaded the video to bring attention to the problems she says she had when she was younger.
“It had happened before, and had been escalating,” Adams said. “I set up a camera, and I caught it.”
Adams says she was downloading music from a peer-to-peer networking site, something she says her father had forbidden.
“My father’s harassment was getting really bad, so I decided to finally publish the video that I had been sitting on for 7 years,” Adams said.
Adams says the abuse happened for years, but she never thought it was unusual.
“I thought abuse at some level was normal,” Adams said.
From the YouTube description:
2004: Aransas County Court-At-Law Judge William Adams took a belt to his own teenage daughter as punishment for using the internet to acquire music and games that were unavailable for legal purchase at the time. She 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. The judge’s wife was emotionally abused herself and was severely manipulated into assisting the beating and should not be blamed for any content in this video. The judge’s wife has since left the marriage due to the abuse, which continues to this day, and has sincerely apologized and repented for her part and for allowing such a thing, long before this video was even revealed to exist. Judge William Adams is not fit to be anywhere near the law system if he can’t even exercise fit judgement as a parent himself. Do not allow this man to ever be re-elected again. His “judgement” is a giant farce. Signed, Hillary Adams, his daughter.
This man is not fit to have a child, let alone sit on a bench as a judge.
Please spread this post to as many people as you can. He needs to be locked up and removed from society.
View the disturbing footage of the 2004 beating below.
UPDATE 1: Judge William Adams spoke to KRIS-TV about the video, saying, “It happened years ago.. I apologized.”
When asked if he thought the conduct in the video was excessive, Judge Adams said, “It’s not as bad as it looks on tape.”
Judge Adams also informed us he has already contacted the Judicial Review in Austin and “more will come out” during the investigation.
UPDATE 2: Ex-wife Hallie Adams has responded to the video on Facebook, writing:
“I am praying for my daughters and me and my family to heal in all ways from emotional and physical abuse, for the current and continuing abuse of my children and me that has been ongoing to end – starting now – for my daughters to both finally be able to go to counseling both individually and as a family group with their Dad’s approval, encouragement, involvement and support, for him to finally make amends to all of us, talk openly with us, and take the first steps to letting our broken family heal.”
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