Judge: Daughter's Beating Was 'Discipline'

Texas family law judge says he lost his temper and "it looks worse than it is."
1:56 | 11/03/11

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Shocking video posted on YouTube shows a girl being beaten repeatedly with about. What turns out the man -- wielding it is her father. There was a Texas judge Eyewitness News reporter Lisa Allen -- is an hour more Lisa. And Laurie Hillary Adams says she posted the beating video an order to get her father the help he needs instead -- -- -- A firestorm of controversy here -- a judge who handles child abuse cases himself. An unsettling irony when you view this video a warning it is disturbing. -- This disturbing video was taken in 2000 oranges Texas -- -- William Adams hitting his then sixteen year old daughter with a -- Seventeen times threatened to beat her into submission. The offense and downloading pirated music from the Internet. Last week Hillary Adam's post. Troops and their reaction has been immediate sympathy for her. Pain for him they never expected judge Adams act the way he acted. To use -- word to use them for him and his wife both. -- do what they did to their daughter to -- At the Francis -- courthouse the phones have been ringing off the hook with threats against the judge I personally taken over 250. Calls. Since this morning when I got here -- o'clock judge William Adams is no longer at work a visiting judge to be handling his caseload but. I'm shocked to see that. And apologize. For although. This more than two million people have viewed disturbing video and now an investigation is underway to determine if criminal charges will be filed. We need to see the original video we're always concerned was saying and original -- possible what we've got I request from the court for so we plan on getting that. And Hillary's mother has since divorce judge Adamson says his outbursts were the result of an addiction and the judge says he apologized that he lost his temper and at the video. Makes it look worse than -- --

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