US judge suspended for beating daughter

Judge William Adams of Arnasas County was suspended from duty by the Texan Supreme Court after a seven-minute video filmed by his then 16-year-old daughter in 2004, went viral on the Internet since she posted it online last month.

The court said in a statement that the judge stood suspended with full pay till investigation was completed. Hillary Adams, the daughter who is seen in the video, told ABC News that she secretly recorded the beating seven years ago.

In the graphic video judge Adams was seen beating his daughter with a belt and cursing at her. “No, in my mind I haven’t done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing. And I did lose my temper, but I’ve since apologised,” Judge Adams said after the video went viral on the Internet.

Both Hillary and Adams have said the beating took place as punishment for then-16-year-old Hillary illegally downloading from the Internet.

She said the beatings were a regular part of her life during those years, but she did not publish the video until now because she feared it would incite more violence.

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