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Texas Judge Caught on Cam Mercilessly Beating Disabled Daughter

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By HVnews on November 2, 2011

See new updates here…including Hillary Adams speaking out.

“An angry father is most cruel towards himself,” Publilius Syrus is said have written in 1st century BC. But after watching this video and reading this story, you’ll see why that’s total bullroar.

Sometimes an angry father is just a jerk who’s most cruel towards the disabled daughter he’s beating mercilessly. Publilius’ words may turn out to be true if and when he pays for these crimes against humanity, but that’s likely not what the Latin maxim writer intended to mean.

A video uploaded to YouTube on October 27th shows a man severely beating a girl with a belt. The level of venom and violence in each lash cannot even be measured — it’s painful to watch, painful to not watch, painful to know you can’t jump through the screen and intervene.

The girl apparently downloaded music and games from the Internet that were not available for legal purchase. The father didn’t take too kindly to that. Perhaps she might be excused for her transgressions due to the fact that she was born with ataxic cerebral palsy. Nope, no leniency.

The man in the video is a court-at-law judge in southeast Texas. Judge not lest ye be beaten harshly? It’s all here in this description, posted with the video:

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.

So why post the video now, so many years later? The girl in the video, Hillary Adams, took to the popular social bookmarking site Reddit to explain: “It’s definitely me. :) I was holding onto the video until the right time, and after a barrage of harassment from my father over the phone, I snapped and finally uploaded it. Now I’m sorry I didn’t do it sooner,” she wrote as shoeofallcosmos. (updated with more below)

WARNING: This is extremely difficult to watch. Seriously. There’s real physical and emotional abuse. In addition to a severe whipping, you’ll hear things like, “If I hear so much as you raising your f&*king voice to me or your mother with the wrong tone or do one little thing or you look at me f&*king wrong, I’m going to wear your f&*king a$$ out with this belt.” You’ve been warned.

(If by chance the video should disappear. you can download the original file here.)

Good lord. That’s the kind of anger one might pour onto someone who’s abused their child, but for someone to focus that kind of rage and resentment onto their own flesh and blood? That’s pathological. That’s a cry for help. That’s a reason to spend years behind bars. This man is judging others?

Adams has ruled that you can never take the word of a child in abuse cases. “According to Judge William Adams, all children are fantasizers and their testimony should just be ignored. Anyone who believes a child should be sanctioned. This really happened,” writes one angry blog commenter.

It’d be easy to say “He clearly isn’t winning re-election,” but this is Texas. Who knows.

UPDATES: Judge Adams spoke to KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi about the video: “It happened years ago,” he said. “I apologized.” He added, “It’s not as bad as it looks on tape.”


The ex-wife, Hallie Adams responded to the video on her Facebook page. She wrote: “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.”

Hillary Adams also spoke to KRIS. She says people “believe us now.”

“Waiting this long to publish it has enabled me to look at it with hindsight and not be so caught up in the passion of the moment,” Adams said. “I think we do, my mother and I, we do need to try to move on past the anger and just concentrate on getting counseling and help.”

Adams said she hopes her father can get help to, but says when she said she told her father what she planned on doing, he didn’t seem to think anything would happen.

“I told him that I had the video, and he acted like he had nothing to worry about,” Adams said. “And I said, I can post the video, of you beating me on the internet, and he said, ‘well, you can do that if it makes you feel better.’ So I did.”

600,000 hits later, she says she feels like it’s a form of therapy. People, who didn’t trust her before, now do.

“People are believing us now, instead of calling us liars like they have in the past,” she said.

Here’s some contact information if you’re so moved to call for action…

William Adams (the Judge)
Aransas County Courthouse

301 N. Live Oak St.
Rockport, TX 78382
Phone: (361) 790-0138
Fax: (361) 790-0185
Office Hours: 8:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Aransas County Sheriff’s Office: Sheriff William “Bill” Mills
301 N. Live Oak St.
Rockport, TX 78382
Main:(361) 729-2222
Fax: (361) 790-0164


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