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November 3rd, 2011
By Tom Carter
A very disturbing report and a video have surfaced this week showing a Texas judge, William Adams, brutally beating and cursing his 16-year-old daughter Hillary in 2004. The girl, who has ataxic cerebral palsy, was being disciplined for having downloaded music and games that weren’t available legally.
The judge has been relieved of his duties and is being investigated. He says, “In my mind I have not done anything wrong other than discipline my child when she was caught stealing. I did lose my temper, I’ve apologized. It looks worse than it is.”
The girl’s mother was also actively involved in the abuse. However, she was apparently unduly influenced by her violent, abusive husband. She’s since left her husband, and she and her daughter seem to have a positive relationship.
I’m not opposed to reasonable and appropriate corporal punishment of children, and I understand that there’s sometimes a fine line between what’s acceptable and what amounts to abuse. However, by any standard what this man did to his daughter on this occasion and reportedly at other times was abusive. Here’s the video; judge for yourself whether it “looks worse than it is.” (It’s offensive, brutal, and difficult to watch.)
There are questions about the statute of limitations and other legal issues regarding how and if Adams can be brought to justice. One can only hope that the legal system in Texas can deal appropriately with one of its own.
No matter what the law can do, however, I’d like to see someone take him out into his front yard and beat the crap out of him. Let him see how it feels.
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