An Aransas County judge, who was caught on tape brutally beating his daughter, has been suspended by the Texas Supreme Court.
Judge William Adams (R) agreed to a suspension without pay while the State Commission on Judicial Conduct investigates the allegations against him, according to The Associated Press. The clerk of the Texas Supreme Court made the suspension official Tuesday.
The judge has not admitted any “guilt, fault or wrongdoing” in agreeing to the suspension.
Adams admitted earlier this month that he was the man in the video seen administering about 20 lashes with his belt to his daughter Hillary Adams, but argued, “It’s not as bad as it looks on tape.”
“Yeah, that’s me,” he later told a local TV reporter. “As you can see, my life’s been made very difficult over this child.”
The suspension comes as attorney David Sibley filed another complaint against the judge for manufacturing laws and claiming the testimony of child abuse victims are never believable.
“Judge Adams created nonexistent law stating that children are ‘fantasizers’ and the statements of children amount to ‘no evidence’,” Sibley wrote in the complaint filed in Aransas County Court at Law Tuesday. “The child’s statements were corroborated in several ways and were believable.”
The attorney added: “Specifically, he concealed the fact that a primary care giver was homicidal, suidical, hallucinatory, psychotic, heavily drugged, etc.”
“The Order signed by Judge Adams that there was no evidence or no investigation is a bald face lie. He is a liar.”
The disturbing 2004 video of Adams beating his then-16-year-old daughter has been viewed over six million times since it was posted on YouTube last month.
Watch this video from KRIS-TV, broadcast Nov. 22, 2011.
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