AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Supreme Court has lifted the suspension of a judge shown in a video beating his teenage daughter.
The state high court made the decision Tuesday in regards to the suspension of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams. The justices had suspended Adams with pay in November 2011 while the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct investigated. The commission issued a public warning to Adams on Sept. 6.
Adams older daughter, Hillary Adams, uploaded the 2004 video to YouTube just over a year ago. The video shows William Adams repeatedly whipping his then-16-year-old daughter with a belt for illegally downloading music.
The Aransas County district attorney said then that too much time had passed to bring criminal charges against the judge. Adams doesn t come up for re-election until 2014.