When Texas court-at-law judge William Adams discovered that his daughter, Hillary, had been illegally downloading games and music on the Internet, he and his wife beat the 16-year-old with his belt. Hillary, who was diagnosed with ataxic cerebral palsy at birth, recorded the incident in 2004 and uploaded it to YouTube a few days ago.
Her mother "was emotionally abused herself and was severely manipulated into assisting the beating and should not be blamed for any content in this video," writes Hillary in the YouTube description. She "has since left the marriage due to the abuse, which continues to this day ... 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."
Judge William Adams—who became Internet Enemy No. 1 last night following the publication of a video showing him beating his disabled daughter—has spoken. He wants everyone to know that he apologized. And that the beating was "not as bad as it looks on tape."
The thing is,"not as bad as it looks" would still be really bad. According to KRIS-TV's Andy Liscano:
Judge Adams told us, "It happened years ago.. I apologized."
When asked if he thought the conduct in the video was excessive, Judge Adams said, "It's not as bad as it looks on tape."
Judge Adams also informed us he has already contacted the Judicial Review in Austin and "more will come out" during the investigation.
Judicial Review isn't the only thing he has to deal with, either: According to the Aransas County website, "the matter is now under review by the Police Department"—all thanks to Hillary Adams, who recorded and uploaded the video of herself being beaten, and the internet vigilantes who saw the video, shared it, and contacted authorities.