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Judge videotaped beating his daughter,,not charged

Tah - posted on 11/04/2011 ( 98 moms have responded )

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, Texas — A Texas family law judge whose daughter secretly videotaped him savagely beating her seven years ago won't face criminal charges because too much time has elapsed, police said Thursday.



Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams likely would have been charged with causing injury to a child or other assault-related offenses for the 2004 beating of his then-16-year-old daughter, but the five-year statutes of limitations expired, Rockport Police Chief Tim Jayroe said.



"We believe that there was a criminal offense involved and that there was substantial evidence to indicate that and under normal circumstances ... a charge could have been made," Jayroe said. He said the district attorney determined he couldn't bring charges, and that police would discuss the case with federal prosecutors even though he doesn't believe federal charges would apply.



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 wails and pleas to stop. The clip had received more than 2.4 million hits as of Thursday, and police began investigating Wednesday after hearing from concerned citizens.



William Adams, 51, 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 on Wednesday that the video "looks worse than it is," that he had already 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.



William Adams, who presides over child abuse cases, is still being investigated by the state's judicial conduct commission and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which on Thursday requested that he be removed from its cases until the investigation concludes.



Patrick Crimmins, a spokesman for the agency, declined to elaborate on the exact nature of the investigation. But he said that in general, the agency 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, who primarily resides with her mother, Hallie Adams. Crimmins declined to say whether his agency is investigating the parental fitness of Hallie Adams, who lashed Hillary once during the 2004 beating.





Crimmins said his agency ordinarily wouldn't disclose that it is investigating someone, but that it did in this case because the investigation is the reason it requested that William Adams be taken off its cases.



Jayroe said that police did not interview the younger daughter, but asked both Hallie and Hillary Adams about it and there was no indication of abuse of the 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.



County officials confirmed that Adams will not hear cases related to Child Protective Services for at least the next two weeks. And the top administrator in Aransas County cast doubt on whether Adams could credibly return to the bench.



"I would think it would be very difficult," said Aransas County Judge C.H. "Burt" Mills Jr. "Personally I don't see how he can recover from this."



If the judicial commission and police investigations don't lead to punishment or charges, Adams could be safe on the bench until he's up for re-election in three years.



Hillary Adams said she waited so long to expose her father because she was terrified at what might have happened had she done so while still living under his roof. She said the outpouring of support and encouragement she's received since posting the clip is tempered by the sadness that it's her father repeatedly lashing her with a belt and threatening to beat her "into submission."



During an interview with her mother Thursday on NBC's "Today" show, Hillary Adams said her father regularly beat her for a period of time. has repeatedly said she didn't post the clip to spite her father, and that she hopes it forces him to seek help.



Her mother blamed her ex-husband's bouts of violence on an "addition." She called it a "family secret," but declined to elaborate.



In his statement, though, William Adams painted a starkly different picture of why his daughter posted the clip.



"Just prior to the YouTube upload, a concerned father shared with his 23-year-old daughter that he was unwilling to continue to work hard and be her primary source of financial support, if she was going to simply `drop out,' and strive to achieve no more in life than to work part time at a video game store," Adams' statement said. "Hillary warned her father if he reduced her financial support, and took away her Mercedes automobile, which her father had provided, he would live to regret it."



Hillary Adams did not immediately respond to email requests Thursday seeking a response.



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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/07/2011

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Either way you're playing God by deciding who lives and who dies. There's always a chance that the death sentance is wrong and the evidence is faulty or was tampered with. Just look at Rick Perry's record in Texas. There was a man who was innocent, there were people reviewing the evidence to prove he was inncocent yet Perry rushed the execution. What I find funny is that most of the States that have the death penalty are also very conservative and religious.

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assault and battery is a crime everywhere, against all ages, regardless of what the "laws" say.

Amanda - posted on 11/07/2011

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It is very easy to be anti abortion and pro death penalty. You are comparing a cold hearted or in some cases heartless killer to an innocent sole.... I am not sure how anyone could think that is anywhere near the same thing

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/07/2011

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Amanda, dear, I'm AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. I happen to live in Canada and even if I wasn't an American living in Canada you bet your ass I would be concerning myself with American politics since I live in a country that boarders the US. And US politics affect other countries so most citizens of other nations do concern themselves with American politics even if some Americans don't seem to understand that concept.

I agree with Barb, this wasn't a spanking it was a beating. Even in Texas most people would consider that a beating not a spanking. And I know people in Texas and from Texas.

I'm curious, how can you be pro death penalty but anti abortion? Isn't killing someone killing someone? Besides it's been proven that in States and countries without the death penalty there are less violent crimes commited than in States and countries with the death penalty.

I don't agree with the death penalty because it's been proven that more innocent people are on death row and most executions are carried out more quickly than necessary before more evidence can be examined, just look at a few of the most recent executions in Georgia and Texas. I'm not pro abortion, just pro choice which is completely different. I would never get an abortion. But I can see where banning them completely would cause more problems than they would end.

Barb - posted on 11/07/2011

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That was not a spanking, that was assault. The only reason why charges haven't been brought against him is because the statute of limitations has passed.

Amanda - posted on 11/07/2011

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I have to agree with Jaime......

Meggy I am pro death penalty, anti abortion and I haven't heard anyone blaming Gays for the economy liberals blame conservatives and conservatives blame liberals but I don't really see where the politics of a country you don't even live in has any bearing on whether this man was justified in spanking his daughter.....

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ugh, i hate "debates" like this that go on and on because people can't agree to disagree, since it's pretty obvious no other agreement will show its face in this thread. when that happens it just becomes a bull-headed argument and the only outcome of that is high blood pressure.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/07/2011

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Trust me Canadians are accountable for our actions. And we take care of ourselves.... oh and don't allow mentally unstable people to freely access fire arms and ammo at pawn stores. :) Our premiers may be a little off at times, but unlike Scary Perry none of them have stopped anyone from an investigation to avoid killing an innocent man. Capitol punishment is illegal in Canada and we don't have the death penalty. We also have more guns per capita than the US but less gun related homicides. Our premiers aren't blaming gays and liberals for what's happening in the economy. We also consider it a crime to beat a child or an animal. Lovely country Canada.

Tah Dula, I was just using that to clarify that teen pregnancy doesn't equal being responsible. One of my cousins had her son at 16. She also has a bachelors in primary education and works in special education.

Amanda - posted on 11/07/2011

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I don't think Texas is an odd state. I think people are held more accountable here than other places. Just because you don't agree doesn't make us wrong. I live in Texas because of what is legal here. Since we are pointing out Crazy Laws wanna see some of Canadas..... It is illegal to show public affection on Sunday, its illegal to climb trees??? It is illegal to kill a sasquatch (so no shooting BIGFOOT???)

Barb - posted on 11/07/2011

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And Kelina, you are correct, in the background you can see a computer. Who knows if it is hooked up to the internet or not. It is unclear if the camera that was set up was a web cam or phone, or digital camcorder.

Tah - posted on 11/07/2011

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at meggy..its just you, i had a child at 16 because the ethod of birth control failed, so please dont assume......just wanted to comment on that before i run out to my abnormal psych class...toddles

Barb - posted on 11/07/2011

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Okay, if they don't think a belt is a deadly weapon, certainly you can see this is a physical assault.. still a crime. Still committing a crime to punish her for committing a crime. How is that acceptable?

If an adult did this to another adult, they would go to jail. This is not acceptable or appropriate no matter the circumstances.

I'd also be interested to learn how many violent crime offenders were whipped/spanked or got "swats" as a child or young adult. Which, let's just make this clear, what the girl in the video got was NOT "swats" That girl got a beating.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/07/2011

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Amanda, Texas is a very odd state. They still have laws on the books there that you can shoot someone for cheating at cards and you can get a divorce just because you don't like what your spouse is doing in your home.



Just because it's legal in Texas doesn't make it right. You should see how much of what they do in Texas is illegal in British Columbia where I live

Amanda - posted on 11/07/2011

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Actually he did not assault her with a deadly weapon, Well not per the Texas penal code. Her father would be quite limited on having her arrested since the theft she committed wasn't against him. No complaining party they can't charge her. Also you do NOT need a computer to take a video you can use a camera or even a phone and Once again you don't know what lead up to this, she could have assaulted her mom, dad or sister. You also don't know that it did happen before this. maybe her dad said if you do this again you are gonna get swats so she set up the camera........

Barb - posted on 11/07/2011

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On a personal note, my son broke the law, which made me unknowingly break the law.



When he was 14 or 15 he took a disposable camera and took pictures of his penis. Child porn. I had the camera developed, never knowing what he had done. I'm flipping through pictures with my mom in CVS.. Oh, our Minnesota fishing trip! nice fish, nice fish, gma rita's house, nice fish, beautiful lake, nice fish, PENIS! PENIS PENIS!!" So i broke the law, i was now in possession of child porn.



Since i could see my son was developing into an adult, i treated this situation with respect. I told him that although i was glad to see he was developing well, that what he did was illegal and i could have gone to jail for having child porn in my possession as well as having paid for it to be developed. I also let him know that Gma was looking through the pictures with me when i found his...umm.. himself. He mortification was punishment enough.



I agree with everyone else that the judge could have found a better way to ram the lesson home. Obviously if corporal punishment was how he punished his children, it isn't working because she is doing the same thing over and over again. Might want to try a new approach if beating the hell out of them isn't as effective as you think it is.

Barb - posted on 11/07/2011

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Her father committed a crime against her. He assaulted her with an object, a potentially deadly object at that, because it could have been used to strangle her.

How is committing a crime against her going to teach her a lesson about committing crimes?

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You're also ignoring what several people have stated-if he was mad because it was illegal he should have taken her down to the police station.

Kelina - posted on 11/07/2011

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No amanda it doesn't matter how illegal it was. Rape, murder, that still doesn't give him the right to beat her. Constrain her until police and other help are able to arrive, yes, but beating her because she illegally downloaded soemthing? Wrong on many levels. If he was worried he could have cut off the internet. From what I've hear of the video(I haven't watched i'm too damn emotional lol) it was taken in her room, meaning she had internet in her room, a computer in her room. If i told my kids not to do something on a computer and they did it anyway, their computer would be removed from their room, and their internet taken away. Not that it would matter since I don't believe kids should have computers in their rooms anyways. There are also parental blocks that he could have put on the computer if it was in a public place and internet was needed but he didn't because she was still able to do it. The fact that she was able to do it means that he hadn't taken any of those courses of action. And at 16 she is still considered a child. At 16 I certainly thought I knew everything but I didn't and looking back I honestly can't believe how young and stupid I was. I don't believe it's right for any person to have to suffer the kind of abuse that goes on in the video. I'll admit sometimes I would love to lash out irrationally when I'm at the end of my rope, but I never would because no one deserves to be treated like that.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/07/2011

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"Ok so at what point are your children supposed to be old enough to "supervise" themselves? Once again this is not a 6 year old she is 2 years from being an adult. At 16 most people have jobs, some have their own children, and they are responsible!!!!! '

You never stated that in your post, you said that being 2 years away from being an adult makes them responsible. And being the offspring of a teen mom myself I can say there are many reasons you become a teen mom. But that doesn't automatically turn you into a responsible almost adult.

Sorry, but to me that would be abuse. I don't give a damn about 'the punishment fit the crime'. There are much better forms of punishment than to hit your child with a strap that don't pose a risk of harming the child later on.

Amanda - posted on 11/07/2011

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not all people of any age are responsible my point was most 16 year olds are more responsible and not always because they have a choice.
BTW not all 16 year old moms are irresponsible or dont know about birth control. Some become pregnant due to circumstances outside their control.....
You are very wrong in your assumption about the number of swats we got because in our house the PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/07/2011

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Obviously some teenagers are more responsible than others. Having a job doesn't automatically make one a responsible adult. And I fail to see how having a child at 16 is a sign of responsibility. I'd say that's a sign of not knowing enough to use birth control. But that's just me. Besides minor teenagers I know of who kept their children (my cousin included) have their parents' assistance. I know that's not always the case, but let's not compair teen pregnancy with responsibility.

Since this woman at 16 didn't understand the concept of 'no don't do that or I'll beat the shit out of you' obviously the beatings didn't work, telling her no didn't work and she did need to be supervised and have priveleges taken away.

Just because you got spanked with a paddle doesn't make it right for everyone. I spank my 7 year old, but I do it with my hand. To a friend of mine that still doesn't make it right. And I doubt your parents smacked you more than twice with it.

Amanda - posted on 11/07/2011

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Ok so at what point are your children supposed to be old enough to "supervise" themselves? Once again this is not a 6 year old she is 2 years from being an adult. At 16 most people have jobs, some have their own children, and they are responsible!!!!!
I disagree I was spanked with a belt and a paddle as a child and I DID learn from every spanking I got...

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/07/2011

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Still doesn't mean you beat her. Maybe they should actually supervise their children like parents are supposed to do so she doesn't do it?

No you don't know the whole story and no one on here is defending her actions. But most people in their right mind know that beating a child with a belt won't solve anything.

Amanda - posted on 11/07/2011

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I have said REPEATEDLY that is not appropriate for a small child 7 is still a child. 16 is not a child she knew better and that statement was in response to everyone saying it doesn't matter that what she was doing was illegal. How do you know that they hadn't already taken her computer away and she didnt turn around and do it again on her sister's computer or her dad's work computer???? YOU DON'T

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/07/2011

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Amanda seriously? I mean SERIOUSLY!? There is no excuse for that type of abuse on a 16 year old. If this had been done by a police officer to a teenager you know this would be all over the news and the cop would be guilty of assualt. Should I pull out a belt and start swatting my 7 year old if she steals a Barbie outfit from Zellers since stealing is a crime? Because by your logic since it's illegal I should probably beat her since telling her 'no' didn't work.

Pirating music is not akin to beating, murder, rape, or domestic abuse. Yes it's stealing and that's wrong. And yes she knew it was wrong because she's done it before. But why not use logic and take the computer away from her and out of her room instead?

Amanda - posted on 11/07/2011

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So it doesn't matter what she was doing or how ILLEGAL IT WAS!?!?!? So again at what point does breaking the law become an issue for you? If she had committed armed robbery or assault? Or would it have to be rape or murdering someone before the fact that this 16 broke the LAW going to become part of the issue? And question how do you know that ALL the other "BETTER" forms of discipline had not been tried and exhausted. You don't. People now days are like sharks attacking at the first scent of blood in the water without knowing the whole story. Everyone see this "poor abused, mistreated little girl" and her horrible abusive dad. When no one outside that house knows what that "child" was like behind closed doors.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/07/2011

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I think the statue of limitations is a load of bull that needs to be done away with because it gives more power to the abuser.

I don't feel it was right to beat her with a belt even if she was doing something she knew was illegal. Take away her internet or her computer or something that won't haunt you on youtube.

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Sixteen year olds do stupid crap ALL THE TIME. As I said, he could've done other, more effective methods of discipline. He could've put a lock and key on the door. He could have dragged her butt down to the police station! Reality of true consequences would've been far more effective. Beating her as he did was for his own anger and resentment...it had nothing to do with teaching her any lesson. She knew a whipping was coming which is why she had the camera set up. It wasn't his first time nor her mothers. Sixteen IS a child! They still see life through their own little bubble. I have been hit as she was, for far less offenses, and to this day I resent my dad. Many abusers cover their guilt by giving things...money, vehicles, etc. There is no love, no respect, nothing in the way of a loving father/daughter relationship there.

Have you heard the judge? He is an ass. He doesn't believe children have a voice. He rules on family law cases!!! The state board is now reviewing questionable cases from his past rulings. That wouldn't happen just because a spiteful daughter posted a spanking from daddy.

I couldn't and I wouldn't treat my child as he did. Neither would my husband. There are other ways to parent.

Kelina - posted on 11/06/2011

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You know what my MIL did when her daughter wouldn't keep her seatbelt on? she took her to the police station(she was 3) You know what he could have done a) taken away her internet b) taken away the computer in her room, c) taken her down to the police station and tell them she was illegally downloading music and see what they did. I don't care how old she was or how close she was to legally being an adult THIS IS PHYSICAL ABUSE and he obiouvsly thinks it's ok. I don't care why the video was posted, I have a hard time sympathizing with the fact that daddy's not supporting her and is taking away her car. Maybe if she had a job and paid her own bills this wouldn't be an issue. The fact remains that he was in a position of power, there were other ways he could have solved the problem and the fact that it came to this was not entirely her fault! He had other routes he could have taken and he CHOSE not to setting himself and his daughter up for this. And I don't care what she was doing or how illegal it was, if he was worried about his stupid reputation, he should have taken her down to the police station and said arrest her, and walked out. Because if you truly love your child, you don't treat them like animals no matter how much they act like them. If you wouldn't do it to an equal, you don't do it to a lesser.

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i certainly don't see EVERY kind of physical discipline as abuse, but i don't believe what went on in this instance to be normal discipline. this was a guy who lost it on his daughter. i have anger issues myself, but i could never forgive myself if i were to go off on Julie like that.

like i said multiple times, there are MUCH better forms of discipline to raise responsible adults than beating them repeatedly with a belt.

Amanda - posted on 11/06/2011

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Ok then Jaime where do you draw the line.... Some people see any kind of physical discipline as abuse. What about the kids who are making or looking at child porn. Which coincidentally could land the parents in JAIL not just a lawsuit. Right wrong or otherwise there are kids out there who are FAR from innocent. They manipulate and lie and convince people they were wronged because mommy took my pony or daddy grounded me from my Mercedes because I broke curfew I will show them. What is learned when people rally behind the kids who break the rules.

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im saying jaime that if you listen to the parents you hear them saying that she had been talked to about it before. Now anything that people will come knocking on my door wanting a) large amounts of money for, b) me to go to jail for or c) want you to go to jail for, it may require a little more than a timeout..especially for a 16 year old. Now does it require that much force, not saying that. I hate to say it because juliebug is so little, but when shes 16 tell us how many times you have to tell her to clean her room.you will think that a)she needs hearing aids b)she doesn't understand the words that are coming out of your mouth and you need to purchase her rosetta stone or c) she just doesn't intend to do what you say when you say it...probably because at that age we think we are grown and we want to do what we want to do and even when parents who provide the roof over our head, clothes on our backs and food on our tables tell us something for our own good we dont think we have to listen. This was obviously a father just plum over talking to the girl..it seemed to me as if she was in trouble for something else because the mom even said i told her to only get on to her homework and thats it...or somethng to that effect when the parents were talking...again im ot excusing abuse for those who will come on here and think i am, my responses are for those who are feeling as if she was such a child and didn't know what she was doing...thats what im speaking to..

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i mean heck, my 14 year old knows things i wish i could erase from his head and replace in 7 years, at 16 i was nursing him because i gave birth a month after turning that age, so at 16 i would expect her to know better, now i dont just blame her, im sure some parenting may have lacked in places, or she may have just been a brat...Trust me your kids will be teenagers that push you to a point where you want to have a fit all over them, he had obviously been fed up with her and doing this before and probably other things..did he lose control..sure he did, wont deny that, but i just cant sit here and pretend she was so clueless as to what she was doing. Teens push and push and push and i am soft-spoken but i every once in a while i have to pull that dont play with me boy voice on the teens in this family, son and nephews included and depending on what they have done, they may find a foot in their tail..computer issues, yeah i would take it....criminal offenses....whole other can of worms.

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here is my thing...she knew better. were there alternatives to what happened, sure, but please, lets not act like she was so innocent and in the video you can hear them saying they taked to her about this before. Now, before the beatdown..would ihave taken the computer, cell phone etc yes...but lets not act like at 16 we didn't know what we were doing. Are our brains as developed as adults, not, but we know we were sneaking out and cussing and drinking and downloading things that could have gotten out parents put in jail. so yes i do agree with alot of what Amanda said. She is doing it now and the timing is funky. Now if the family has been being abused then yes they need help, but i may just have a little less sympathy for her then others. not saying he was right or justifying it but he wasnt beating a 6 year old angel who accidentally pressed download on my little pony..and thats how i feel, im working on that having a heart thing..i really am..

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wow.

so...pretty sure there are plenty of ways to raise responsible adults other than physical abuse.

Tah - posted on 11/06/2011

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im hi fiving Amanda over here and wishing i could click some more buttons like "right on" and "i know thats right"...

Amanda - posted on 11/06/2011

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I dont agree being that she was 16 years old she was no longer a child. period she knew she was breaking the rules and she knew what could possibly happen. Like I said even 10 year old no, but the events leading up to her sudden release of her little video makes me call her a brat because of her motives. BTW I am VERY familiar with abuse and sorry to tell you if my 16 YEAR OLD SON BROKE THE LAW yes I would tear his butt up and not lose a wink of sleep it is called raising responsible adults. Young adults push boundaries harder than kids do thus their punishments should be harder whether physical or not. I have step siblings who were two seconds from ADULT jail time because of things they did and an ex who did 17 months in ADULT PRISON for his actions which involved THEFT! and as I told my son's dad I WILL NOT VISIT MY SON IN PRISON because he felt the need to break the rules and if I have to beat his ass to prevent that you are damn right I will do it and sleep like a baby knowing my young adult isn't stealing or hurting someone else.

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amanda that response truly frightens me. So if your kids did th same thing, would you respond the same way? my guess would be NOT A CHANCE IN HELL would you respond like that. So why would you condone it for someone else? and who cares how old she was? Chances are this was not the first time he'd physically abused her since she knew something was going to go down so she set up the camera. And second the punishment is way out of proportion. they could have been charge with a crime? yup he could have-child abuse. I he was worried about getting slapped on the wrist for illegal downloading, he could have shut off the internet. This man is in a position of power over other families. Other children rely on him to keep them safe. So if this is his idea of ok, I can only imagine what has happened to those other kids that relied on him and he let them down.

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Have you been beaten, Amanda? If not, then you obviously don't understand what it feels like. He could have handled the situation a hundred different ways. Especially, being a judge, he could have come up with a far more creative and effective way to teach her a lesson. Instead, he took his rage out on her. Did you watch the video? Did you hear the vile way he spoke to his own daughter? Did you see how out of control he was? That isn't parenting. It is abuse...physical and emotional. So she is a brat? Ever think that the dad did her no favors by treating her as he did? She has no respect for him nor does he for her. Abuse is abuse. She was only sixteen. The mother is no better than the father. He doesn't deserve to pass judgement and punishment on anyone. Already some questionable cases are being reviewed since the video came to light. He is a bastard. She was a child!! I would NEVER condone anyone ever be hit as she was. Sick.

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First off she was 16 at the time not 6 and what she did on the computer was ILLEGALLY download music. Her parents could have been charged with a crime because of that. There is a fire depart I know of that is currently named in a monster lawsuit for illegally downloading music/ movies. This lady decided to publish this video years later because daddy is cutting her off financially and taking her Mercedes away. BOO HOO!!!! I dont feel sorry for a lady being a spoiled ass brat and ruining her dads career

Kelina - posted on 11/05/2011

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And this is exactly why our system doesn't work. Because judges like this believe that this is ok.

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Because his is an elected post in a small town and a thinly populated county I suspect his career as a judge is over. I also suspect he won't be able to go into private practice there either. I live in this area and from what I can tell the entire family (with the possible exception of the younger daughter) have big problems. I suspect that the release of the video will only make things worse. If the younger girl hasn't had problems before, she probably will now.

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And i agree with you Jaime, there shouldn't be a statue of limitations on child abuse

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Absolutely sickening!! My heart just breaks for that little girl. He was hitting her so damn hard, you can see he had NO control whatsoever and he was hitting her while angry and letting that negative energy out on her body. Her mother was no better, and see it as just a bullshit excuse that she was also abused by this man. When she takes the belt away from him to hit her daughter herself he tries to take it back and she blocks him and keeps it away. If she were really afraid of him, she wouldn't try to do that.

I hope he loses re-election. Someone with this kind of decision making should not be allowed to make family decisions for any families, his own or anyone else. He has no clue what is in the best interest of children. Totally inappropriate and he should only have supervised visits with his younger daughter.

I'm just shaking.. omg... i wish i could ask him if he feels like a real man now.. fucking loser.

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there should be no statutes of limitations on any crime such as this. not against murder, beating, any kind of physical abuse. there is emotional damage that cannot be erased, therefor the crime should not be erased from the law books. that's bull shit.

Denikka - posted on 11/04/2011

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No matter what the circumstances around the release of the video, what that man did was wrong! And beyond that, the punishment was completely disproportionate to what the parents, in the video, say that she did.

And for those who can't or choose not to watch the video, here's a run down:
Her father hits her 14 times, then her mother hits her once, and then her father comes BACK into the room and hits her another 3 times. All with what appears to be a leather belt.
He tells her that he should BEAT her into submission. He tells her that she doesn't deserve to be in their household. And right around the 4:30-5 minute mark, it appears that he grabs her around the head/neck area and makes movements like he's going to punch her.

All of this was done, according to the parents on the video, because the girl downloaded some things onto her computer after her parents told her not to. Absolutely sickening.

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