Judge Hits Daughter: Caught on Tape

Family court judge's daughter made videotape of father's method of discipline.
2:42 | 11/03/11

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Another story of a daughter and her father who is a family court judge and the videotape she made. -- what he calls discipline she calls abuse. Some of the images in this story are disturbing as 20/20 anchor Chris Cuomo takes us inside the national uproar tonight. This video can be disturbing to watch it's over seven minutes and it's gone viral of the rural -- It's a father in Texas whipping his sixteen year old daughter for being on the Internet who she was told not to you don't need to see much of the video to get what it is. Father's idea of disciplined seventeen -- what he calls thank -- But why the tape surfaced may be more revealing. The girl in the video is Hillary Adams and she set -- the camera. Another discussion was escalating in severity and I could tell that -- Beating was going to take place sooner or later so -- set -- -- Cameron just waited. This was in 2004. Hillary held the tape for over seven years then another argument with her father this time she tells -- about the tape. And she says he basically said. So what. Hillary says she released it to confirm which -- believed for so long this is wrong. I just wanted somebody to see it and tell me that no Hillary this wasn't right. I'm glad you're able to grow up and move on past this and your dad really wasn't right for doing that. Her dad is William Adams a family court judge in Texas. Support for Hillary peppered the Internet. As did a lopsided debate about the difference between punishment and punishing assault. Reporters reached a father who defended himself to a local CBS affiliate. 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 -- since apologized. It looks worse than it is. Texas courts and obviously judge Adams have condoned spanking at home and in schools in the past the question is is this -- -- Or assault even if there's no criminal prosecution. Judge Adams could still face disciplinary action from the state bar an investigation. Is pending. Disciplinary action what's next there's a range of affects -- and ethical violation lawyers can't be just born to lose that license them for practice again with the judge again. They're two -- here without your -- -- prosecution. And what happens to the judge and then for the rest of -- for Hillary the messages out -- to her it's crystal clear with his videos about it gives us something to think about. And that matters to her much more than what happens to fall and she can read -- all on line you can weigh in -- thanks so much Chris.

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