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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Judicial Panel Investigates Beating Judge Video

Texas judicial panel investigates beating video
The Associated Press by Christopher Sherman  -  November 3, 2011

PORTLAND, Texas (AP) — After being flooded with calls, faxes and emails calling for action, a Texas judicial panel is investigating an Internet video that shows a judge beating his teenage daughter with a belt.  The State Commission on Judicial Conduct said in a statement released Thursday that it has "commenced an investigation into the incident."  The statement does not name Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, but it does reference "a YouTube video purporting to depict a Texas judge engaging in the act of striking his teenage daughter with a belt."  The 13-member panel is composed of judges, lawyers and regular citizens. After a formal proceeding and hearing, it has the authority to censure a judge or recommend to the Texas Supreme Court that the judge be suspended or removed.

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US attorney: no federal offense in Texas beating
The Associated Press by Christopher Sherman  -  November 5, 2011 

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Friday they would not charge a Texas judge seen lashing his teenage daughter with a belt on a video posted online, closing the door on the possibility of criminal charges in the case.  Angela Dodge, a U.S. attorney's office spokeswoman, said prosecutors determined there was no federal crime depicted on the 2004 video of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams. The decision came a day after the local district attorney decided the statute of limitations blocked any state charges.  Rockport Police Chief Tim Jayroe said he had discussed video of Adams beating his then 16-year-old daughter with a prosecutor from the U.S. attorney's Corpus Christi office Friday morning.  "There was nothing that we discussed briefly this morning that to him would indicate there could be any federal involvement, but that he had seen the video and they would look into it," Jayroe said.  Hillary Adams, now 23, posted the 8-minute clip on YouTube last week that shows her father viciously lashing her with a belt and trying to force her to bend over her bed to be beaten despite her pleas to stop. The clip had received more than 4 million views by Friday.  Aransas County District Attorney Patrick Flanigan said Thursday the statute of limitations on charges such as injury to a child expired after five years.  "I would expect that yeah, charges would have been pursued but for the inability to proceed due to the statute of limitations," Flanigan said Friday. "You know, whether that would have been a felony or a misdemeanor charge I can't say but I think there would've been some action pursued."  County Attorney Richard Bianchi, meanwhile, said a visiting judge would handle all Adams' cases, not just those involving the state's child protective services as originally planned, for the next two weeks. Adams often presides over child abuse cases.  "Now the issue is to wait on the actions of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct," Bianchi said, referring to a state panel investigating the judge. Bianchi said he'd be "surprised" if Adams, 51, returned to the bench before the commission concludes its investigation.  Adams issued a three-page statement Thursday saying his daughter posted the clip to get back at him for telling her he would be reducing the amount of financial support he gives her and taking away her Mercedes. The statement did not include an apology for the beating, but he told Corpus Christi television station KZTV this week that the video "looks worse than it is," that he already had apologized to his daughter and that he was just disciplining his child for stealing.  Hillary Adams says her parents were angry because she had downloaded pirated content online, and that she turned on the camera because she sensed something was going to happen.  The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which requested that he be removed from its cases until the investigation concludes, is also investigating the case.  Agency spokesman Patrick Crimmins has declined to elaborate on the exact nature of that investigation, but he said the agency generally would only investigate a case in which a suspected abuse victim has already reached adulthood if there are still children in the home who could be at risk.  Adams was granted joint custody of his 10-year-old daughter in his 2007 divorce. There are no allegations of alleged abuse by Adams against his younger daughter.  In his statement Thursday, Adams said he would "respond" to all investigations. As Aransas County's top judge, he has dealt with at least 349 family law cases in the past year alone, nearly 50 of which involved state caseworkers seeking determine whether parents were fit to raise their children.  If the judicial commission investigation doesn't lead to punishment, Adams could be safe on the bench until he's up for re-election in three years. Associated Press writer Danny Robbins in Dallas contributed to this report.


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10 comments:

wondering said...

I wonder if the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct is as big a fraud as the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct is?

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't this mutt of a judge be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation?

Anonymous said...

How do these criminals get on the bench in the first place?

Anonymous said...

I am curious about what happened to the 5th district Bobette Morin lawsuit against OCA?
Also where is she working today...I think this could be a NY State court story worth reporting!

Anonymous said...

re:State has settled political spying suit

apparently that was settled:


http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20110505/NEWS03/305059947

The state recently settled a federal lawsuit brought by a former court employee against the area's top administrative judge and three other court officials, according to a published report.


Interesting.

Anonymous said...

If the truth cannot be printed..then tell me what this blog means?
Why are you blocking interesting stories in NY State?

Anonymous said...

Note to Judicial Commissions: There is supposed to be only class of people in the USA and the British idea of trial by his peers was abolished. Equal justice for all including judges.

Anonymous said...

Great opportunity to express your opinions on "The State of State Courts."

The Albany Law Review is seeking submissions, by December 15, 2001 for it's upcoming issue on that topic.

Publishing Opportunity
The Albany Law Review is presently accepting article submissions for its State Constitutional Commentary, on topics related to the upcoming Symposium entitled "The State of State Courts." The issue will feature a Perspectives section which includes analysis, op-ed, and essay pieces related to Judicial Retention. The deadline for submission is December 15, 2011. Please contact Nikki Nielson, Executive Editor for State Constitutional Commentary, at nnielson@albanylaw.edu for more information.

Check out the website:

http://www.albanylawreview.org/sub.php?id=4

Let them know what really goes on.

Anonymous said...

I filed a complaint with the Texas Judicial Commission re: Judge Fred Edwards of Montgomery County, Conroe Texas.
It came back that there is no Judge Edwards via a Elaine Thompson
Then I called one of the so-called Board Members: Judge Harle's office. His admin assistant said to fax the complaint to her: twice. No response.
Does that tell anyone anything?
We have a bunch of brainless, indifferent, idiots who do nothing but collaborate and conspire to get a paycheck while victims suffer again and again.
Bottom line at least those of us living by the Ten Commandments won't be in HELL with the EVIL perpetuated in government or any other rhelm of our society.

Anonymous said...

May I please, please, just have 2 minutes with this nice judge.....

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