El Pasoans React To Judge Beating Video

POSTED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 5:26pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 7:50pm

EL PASO- Earlier this week, a shocking video showing a Texas judge lashing his disabled daughter with a belt hit the internet. The judge is temporarily off the job.

The video was recorded seven years ago, and because so much time has passed, law enforcement says they will not be pressing charges.

This video has shocked millions around the world. Aransas County Judge William Adams is recorded striking his disabled daughter multiple times.

The daughter in the video, Hilary Adams who has cerebral palsy, is now 23-years-old. She posted it on Youtube after secretly recording it on her camera.

"Because she was special needs you know, I mean that's moral. That's inhumane," said UTEP student Arturo Perez.

Watching in horror, El Pasoan Claudia Ornelas says she believes in moderate discipline, but the video goes too far.

"Insanity to watch a 16-year-old get whipped like that. I mean discipline sometimes yes, it's a course of action, but to continuously get beat with a belt from head to toe. That's insanity," said Ornelas.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services says spanking your children is not illegal unless the discipline is excessive or leaves the child injured.

"Another factor is was it an open hand to the bottom or was it a fist to anywhere on the body? Was another implement used? Was it a baseball bat?Was it a belt,” said Paul Zimmerman with Child Protective Services.

Judge Adams says he was disciplining his daughter for downloading something on a computer. He also says his daughter was trying to get back at him because he was not going to pay for her Mercedes anymore, and said the video is quote "worse than it looks."

Child Protective Services also says if you know of a child being abused, it's a misdemeanor not to report it.

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Although illegal in several countries, in the U.S. we occasionally hear from those who fight to uphold this practice for those under the age of 18 (even to the blaming of the social maladies of the day on a supposed "lack" of it), but we rarely, if ever, find advocates for the return of corporal punishment to the general adult community, college campuses, inmate population, or military. Why is that?

These proponents should make their own video-recording of the "right way" to do it.

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