Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating 'File-Sharing' Daughter in 2004

November 2, 2011 -

A Texas Family Court judge is now under investigation by the state's top law enforcement agency - the Texas Rangers - after a video surfaced of him beating his 16-year-old daughter Hillary Adams for downloading music and games from the Internet. The video was shot in 2004, but someone claiming to be his daughter posted the video on YouTube on October 27. The Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams was running for re-election. Chances are that re-election bid is dead in the water because Adams is clearly seen beating his daughter (who has cerebral palsy) on her legs and lower back because she refused to turn over.

You can get the details on the incident here, or watch the video to your left. We want to warn you that the video is extremely violent and contains graphic language.


Comments

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

This was difficult for me to watch and actually had to turn it off. I come from a family where I got beat much like this and it still haunts me to this day, 30 years later. I hope this son of a bitch gets the full extent of the law and all cases he has presided over reviewed; clearly he is sympathetic towards those who beat and abuse their children and likely tried his cases with that bias.

I'd like to see the big man try that crap on someone his size...

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

Child abuse status of limitation there is 5 years. This is a bit over 7 years later. He's getting off without anything held against him.

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

ugh. Hopefully his day will come.

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

Growing up I don't think I had a spanking that lasted more than 10 seconds for things much worse than filesharing. This is just plain old child abuse and I hope he goes to fucking prison.

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

Watch my reply above for why he gets nada.

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

That was completely uncalled for and this judge should be disbarred and punished to the full extent the law will allow.

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

Read above why he will not have any legal consequences.

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

Saw this story on another site, and somebody there did a bit of homework on it. The article mentions he's a family court judge, but it doesn't mention he has a substantial history of dismissing domestic violence cases and returning children from protective custody to abusive families. Because he claims most "victims" are just spoiled children trying to get their parents in trouble.

If you pay attention, he beats her until the thick leather belt he starts with breaks, and leaves to get another. I only mention that to emphasize that he's dismissed cases that make this beating sound tame.

Also, to people condemning the mother along with him, she was abused in similar manner for decades, and has since gotten herself and her daughter out of that situation.

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

not to mention the fact that he comes back into the room because he "didn't get his licks in"?! This so-called man should be disbarred, plain and simple. 

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

There's a difference between giving a kid a whack on the bum with a belt and beating them mercilessly, particularly when the crime is bloody filesharing of all things...

Here's a thought, take away her internet access or her computer if it irked him that much...

Never mind the whole cerebral palsy.

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

What an asshole. I got a few spankings growing up but I wasn't beat with a belt. That is criminal child abuse plain and simple. I know some will disagree but if you are using an object and hitting in anger that is abuse plain and simple. I hope that douche bag ***. That mom is just as bad. I hope they both burn.

AE: A little far there.

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

This seemed to be a mite bit severe.  But not all belt beatings are like this.  I was often beat with a belt growing up.  But that was all of 3-5 seconds, not over the course of minutes.

I was also beat with wooden spoons, rulers, a wooden paddle my step father made, and of course hands

Re: Family Court Judge under Investigation for Beating ...

I had it once or twice with the belt, but one time my dad accidently hit my brother with the buckle, and we never saw the belt again. My dad always made sure he was calm before a spanking, to make sure anger wasn't his motivation (like this).

I won't argue whether file-sharing is wrong. It's his house. But this beating is just unconscionable. And the mom even helped. She should be in just as much trouble as he is.

 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Is King right? Should all games adopt the free-to-play model?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/18/playstation-99-cent-sale-discounts-tokyo-jungle-super-stardust/ Weekend long PSN flash sale. So much stuff is 99 cents for the rest of the weekend.04/18/2014 - 5:59pm
Adam802http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/18/5627928/newtown-video-game-addiction-forum04/18/2014 - 4:14pm
Matthew Wilsonit is a video talking about why certain games/products/consoles do well, and others do not. he back it up with solid research.04/18/2014 - 3:56pm
Andrew EisenI'm not keen on blind links. What is it?04/18/2014 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonthis is worth a whatch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyXcr6sDRtw&list=PL35FE5C4B157509C904/18/2014 - 3:43pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 3: Night Dive was brought to the attention of the public by a massive game recovery, and yet most of their released catalogue consists of games that other people did the hard work of getting re-released.04/17/2014 - 8:46pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 2: If Humongous Entertainment wanted their stuff on Steam, why didn't they talk to their parent company, which does have a number of games published on Steam?04/17/2014 - 8:45pm
MaskedPixelanteNumber 1: When Night Dive spent the better part of a year teasing the return of true classics, having their big content dump be edutainment is kind of a kick in the stomach.04/17/2014 - 8:44pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.giantbomb.com/articles/jeff-gerstmann-heads-to-new-york-takes-questions/1100-4900/ He talks about the future games press and the games industry. It is worth your time even though it is a bit long, and stay for the QA. There are some good QA04/17/2014 - 5:28pm
IanCErm so they shouldn't sell edutainment at all? Why?04/17/2014 - 4:42pm
MaskedPixelanteNot that linkable, go onto Steam and there's stuff like Pajama Sam on the front-page, courtesy of Night Dive.04/17/2014 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenOkay, again, please, please, PLEASE get in a habit of linking to whatever you're talking about.04/17/2014 - 4:05pm
MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the consequences were not only foreseeable, but very likely. anyone who understood supply demand curvs knew that was going to happen. SF has been a econ/trade hub for the last hundred years.04/17/2014 - 2:45pm
Andrew EisenMixedPixelante - Would you like to expand on that?04/17/2014 - 2:43pm
MaskedPixelanteWell, I am officially done with Night Dive Studios. Unless they can bring something worthwhile back, I'm never buying another game from them.04/17/2014 - 2:29pm
PHX Corphttp://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow/watch/video-games-continue-to-break-the-mold-229561923638 Ronan Farrow Daily on Video games breaking the mold04/17/2014 - 2:13pm
NeenekoAh yes, because by building something nice they were just asking for people to come push them out. Consequences are protested all the time when other people are implementing them.04/17/2014 - 2:06pm
Matthew Wilsonok than they should not protest when the consequences of that choice occur.04/17/2014 - 1:06pm
NeenekoIf people want tall buildings, plenty of other cities with them. Part of freedom and markets is communities deciding what they do and do not want built in their collective space.04/17/2014 - 12:55pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician