Judge William Adams – Hillary Adams posted a video she made in 2004 of her father Judge William Adams, beating her with a belt. The video was made in 2004. She posted it last week on YouTube explaining that her father “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.”
Her father is not just your average Texan. William Adams is a public figure, an Aransas County Court-at-Law judge. The video went viral after she posted it to Reddit, a site where users would be especially sympathetic to a judge’s corporal punishment for illegal downloading. Redditors launched a vigilante campaign, posting numbers for local law enforcement and media outlets. From there, the video gained national attention within a day, from blogs as well as local media in Texas.
According to Aransas County Judge Burt Mills, police are investigating a video uploaded to YouTube that claims to show a Texas judge beating his disabled teenage daughter. Rockport Police Chief Tim Jayroe said Wednesday that calls from people who saw the video prompted the investigation.
The reason Hillary waited till now to release the video is that Judge Adams holds an elected office, and his daughter would prefer he not hold it. “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,” she writes in the description of her video. “Do not allow this man to ever be re-elected again.”
Someone has already created a “Don’t Re-Elect Judge William Adams” Facebook page, which has attracted thousands of fans. However, Adams’s term is not up this time around. Of course, the public attention to this could well lead to his stepping down, though he tells a local news affiliate that the incident “happened years ago,” that he “apologized,” and that “it’s not as bad as it looks on tape.”