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Judge William Adams Suspended While State Commission Investigates Abuse Video

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JUDGE WILLIAM ADAMS SUSPENDED
Judge William Adams returns after a lunch recess at the Aransas County Courthouse in Rockport, Texas, on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. (File, AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Michael Zamora) | File/AP

McALLEN, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court has suspended a judge whose beating of his then-teenage daughter in 2004 was viewed millions of times on the Internet.

According to an order signed Tuesday by the clerk of the state's highest court, Aransas County court-at-law Judge William Adams is suspended immediately with pay pending the outcome of the inquiry started by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct earlier this month.

The order makes clear that while Adams agreed to the commission's recommended temporary suspension and waived the hearing and notice requirements, he does not admit "guilt, fault or wrongdoing" regarding the allegations. His attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Adams' now 23-year-old daughter Hillary Adams uploaded the 2004 video of her father beating her repeatedly with a belt.

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