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Texas Supreme Court Suspends Judge Shown Beating Daughter in YouTube Video

Posted Nov 23, 2011 10:37 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The Texas Supreme Court has suspended the judge whose videotaped beating of his daughter was captured on a video posted recently on YouTube.

The paid suspension was made public on Tuesday, report CNN and the Associated Press. William Adams went on leave in early November after his daughter, now 23 years old, posted the 2004 video showing Adams beating her with a belt to punish her for downloading music with file-sharing software.

According to the order, Adams agreed to the temporary suspension, but does not admit “guilt, fault or wrongdoing.” The suspension is effective while the State Commission on Judicial Conduct conducts an inquiry.

Adams issued a statement explaining his side of the story earlier this month. "If the public must know, just prior to the YouTube upload, a concerned father shared with his 23-year-old daughter that he was unwilling to continue to work hard and be her primary source of financial support, if she was going to simply 'drop out,' and strive to achieve no more in life than to work part-time at a video game store," the statement said.

Updated at 10:59 a.m. to add Williams' first name.

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