Suspended County Judge to
Remain Highest Paid Official in Aransas County
Suspended Aransas County
Court-at-Law Judge William Adams will get a
slight pay cut but he'll remain the county's
highest-paid elected official under the county's
proposed 2013 budget.
Adams has been on paid
suspension since November 22 when the Texas
Supreme Court ordered his suspension after the
State Commission on Judicial Conduct launched an
investigation into a video of him beating his
then-16-year-old daughter with a belt.
Warning: This Video Contains
Violence and Abusive Language From
Both the Judge and His Wife that You
May Find Offensive
The video which was first published in
2004 on YouTube, sparked outrage directed at the Aransas
In the video, the judge
used a leather belt to punish his teenage
daughter for using the internet to
acquire music and games that were unavailable
for legal purchase at the time.
His 16-Year-Old daughter
posted the video of her father's abuse online.
She has suffered from
ataxic cerebral palsy since birth and has a
passion for technology.
Texas law, county commissioners have no choice
but to allow the elected judge to remain in
office, drawing his salary, until the judicial
conduct commission concludes its probe.
The Aransas County budget for 2013 does drop
Adams's total annual pay to $144,000, a 1.6
percent decrease from 2012. Other elected
officials in the county will receive the
countywide 2 percent cost-of-living increase in
suspension, Adams has been paid more than
$110,000. When the state commission completes
its investigation, it may recommend sanctions
against Adams which could range from a censure
to a recommendation to the Supreme Court that he
be removed from the bench, a punishment seldom
It is typical
for judges in Texas to receive pay while on
suspension because they hold elected offices at
the will of voters. Adams's seat is up for
election in 2014.