Judge in video beating gets warning from panel

Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — A commission that investigates allegations of misconduct against Texas judges has issued a "public warning" against a South Texas judge who's already been suspended from the bench after a years-old video surfaced last year showed him beating his teenage daughter.

The effect of the warning released Thursday from the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct against Aransas County Court at Law Judge William Adams is unclear.

The decision, signed by Houston attorney and panel chair Tom Cunningham, said Adams' actions in the 2004 video posted online last November by his now-adult daughter cast doubt on his ability to act impartially as a judge and interfered with the proper performance of his duties.

The Texas Supreme Court suspended Adams with pay and his caseload since then has been handled by visiting judges.