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|Current Court Information:|
|Aransas County Court at Law, Texas|
|Undergraduate:||University of Texas|
|Law School:||University of Houston|
|Candidate for:||Aransas County Court at Law, Texas|
|Election information 2014:|
| Adams ran for re-election to the Aransas County Court at Law.
Primary: He was defeated in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014, receiving 46.6% of the vote. He competed against Richard Bianchi.
Beating video controversy
A video showing Judge Adams beating his daughter took off on the Internet after being posted on October 24, 2011. The video was filmed in 2004. With over 6.5 million views on Youtube, the brutal footage caused an uproar and spawned a new chapter in the national discussion over spanking. Judge Adams admitted to the act, in addition to stating that "it's not as bad as it seems." In the video, the judge clearly uses violence after being upset about his daughter downloading music and games online.
The judge's daughter said she decided to post the video in response to her father's harassment. She also said that the violence captured was not the only act, but that "it had happened before, and had been escalating." For his part in the situation, Judge Adams said that he apologized years ago.
As the buzz around the video grew on the Internet the public began contacting the Aransas County Sheriff's Office via email and telephone. In response, the county and court posted the following on its website on November 2, 2011:
|“||Judge Burt Mills has today announced that Aransas County is aware of the video posted on YouTube regarding County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, and the matter is now under review by the Police Department. Please refrain from communication with County offices or the Sheriff's Department on this matter until the review has been completed. Calls, emails, and faxes only create disruptions for other ongoing county business. The public's cooperation would be most appreciated.||”|
The local police department opened an investigation regarding the video but Police Chief Tim Jayroe subsequently announced that Judge Adams will not be charged for the act of beating his daughter, since the statute of limitations has passed. If the act hadn't passed the statute of limitations, the judge would have been charged with injury to a child. In response to the video, Adams said, "In my mind, I haven't done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing."
A temporary restraining order was filed on November 10, 2011 against Adams that prevented him from seeing his ten year old daughter without her mother being present. The complaint was requested by Hallie Adams, Judge Adams' ex-wife, who detailed allegations of maltreatment and drug abuse. Adams filed court paperwork on November 14, 2011 asserting his objection to the order.
William Dudley, Adam's attorney, released a statement in response to the restraining order in which he said the affidavit "is filled with opinion, conjecture, statements which are clearly not based on personal knowledge, and which precede the parties' final decree of divorce." A motion was filed by Hallie's attorney that would require the judge to undergo drug testing.
Adams was suspended by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 2011. The paid suspension was in effect until the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct completed its ongoing investigation. Judge Adams reportedly stepped aside on his own volition until the investigation is over. The Supreme Court's order explains that the judge "voluntarily agrees to a temporary suspension from office, with pay." Adams received nearly $49,000 in pay in the first four months of his suspension.
After nearly a year of suspension, Adams was reinstated to the court in early November 2012. Due to the incident taking place so long ago, a criminal case could not be brought against Adams. Part of the agreement lifting the suspension prohibits Adams from presiding over physical domestic abuse cases.
- Aransas County, Texas
- Texas County Courts
- News: Viral video raises ire toward Judge Adams, November 2, 2011
- News: Texas Supreme Court suspends Judge William Adams after viral beating video, November 23, 2011
- Aransas County Court at Law website
- CBS/AP "Texas judge beating video causing outrage" November 2, 2011
- CNN "Texas judge confirms video of him beating daughter, says 'I lost my temper'" November 02, 2011
- Associated Press "Police Won't File Charges Against Texas Judge Caught on Video Beating Daughter" November 03, 2011
- rockportpilot.com, "Supreme Court issuesorder of suspension for Judge Adams," November 23, 2011
- Texas Directory of Trial Courts by County
- NPR, "Texas Judge Who Beat His Daughter Is Reinstated To Bench," November 08, 2012
- Aransas County Board of Elections, Republican Primary Election Results 3/4/2014
- Texas Secretary of State, 2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County (Select "Aransas")
- martindale.com Judge Profile: William Adams
- KRISTV.com, "Girl in Beating Video: People Believe Me Now," November 2, 2011
- MSNBC.com, "Police probe alleged Texas judge beating video," November 2, 2011
- Aransas County Texas website
- ABA Journal, "Texas Judge Won't Be Charged re Viral Beating Video, Says Daughter Posted It Out of Spite," November 3, 2011
- Corpus Christi Caller, "Judge William Adams Fights to Block Restraining Order," November 14, 2011
- NPR, "Texas High Court Suspends Judge In Beating Video," November 23, 2011
- LA Times, "Texas judge in beating video says he agreed to 'step aside'," November 23, 2011
- Corpus Christi Caller "Judge William Adams made $49,000 during first four months of suspension," March 4, 2012