Video: Judge Savagely Beats His Daughter For Illegal Downloads

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  1. Dter ic
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    Downloading copyright material without the permission of rightsholders is often portrayed as a heinous crime and treated as such by many judges across the United States. But what is an appropriate punishment for this apparently increasingly wicked act? Multi-million dollar fines? Jail? For one sixteen year-old girl using file-sharing software KaZaA, it was a savage beating, delivered by the leather belt of her father, Judge William Adams. And it was all caught on camera.

    These days it’s a rare week if news of some insane overreaction to illegal file-sharing isn’t being reported in the media.
    We’ve seen some of the worst examples – the multi-million dollar fines, the jail sentences, PROTECTIP, SOPA, right through to the ordinary guy in the street being blackmailed by copyright trolls for a few thousands dollars.

    None of these ‘punishments’ can proceed without the supposedly most upstanding members of our community that we call judges signing off on them. Judges rule on these cases, they decide on the levels of fines, they sign off on the ‘John Doe’ lawsuits.
    Equally, some of them have even ruled against cruel and unusual punishments for file-sharers but not so Texas Judge William Adams, who prefers to administer punishment himself, in his own home, savagely – with a leather belt.
    Below we have embedded a video shot in 2004, apparently just uploaded to YouTube by Adams’ then 16-year-old daughter Hillary Adams, the target of the cruel punishment.

    “Aransas County Court-At-Law Judge William Adams took a belt to his own teenage daughter as punishment for using the internet to acquire music and games that were unavailable for legal purchase at the time,” the video’s description begins.
    “She has had ataxic cerebral palsy from birth that led her to a passion for technology, which was strictly forbidden by her father’s backwards views.”

    Hillary had been using the KaZaA file-sharing software to obtain music and games, a point mentioned by her mother towards the end of the video.
    Gawker spoke with Hillary’s friend J. Andre Bardin who confirmed the man in the video is Judge Adams.
    “That’s his voice, that’s his mannerisms, and that is his house,” Bardin said.
    Hillary, who is now 23, says she decided to release the video because her father is up for re-election next week and she doesn’t want that to happen. A Facebook page called “Don’t Re-Elect Judge William Adams” can be found here.

    A Reddit thread, dissecting Judge Adams’ life and rulings in the way only they know how, can be found here.
    Of course, it would be completely unfair and wrong to suggest that this sort of disgusting behavior is common among judges. Many of them are upstanding citizens whose judgment is highly valued in a civilized society and this guy would have probably behaved the same way if he had pursued another profession.



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  2. Thomas83Lin

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    Savage beating?? I got my ass beat on regular basis, I wouldn't do what she's doing to her dad. Some parents are strict, Thats Life Get Over It.
     
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  3. dickfour

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    I'd do the same thing if I had a daughter that used KaZaA or bit torrent or lime. You don't put yourself at risk by leaving your ip out there foe everyone to see so you can get slapped with a huge law suit and loose everything you've worked for. You want to dl at least be smart about it.
     
  4. AlanJohn

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    This is far more than spanking or other methods of discipline.

    Assholes like these who use there anger on there own children should not have the rights to raise a child.
     
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  5. Satangel

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    If my dad would do this to me, I would at least put up a fight. Honestly after 2 hits I would be blinded by pain and just rage at my dad, swinging my fists everywhere I could. Probably wouldn't help a thing though, but I would feel better.
     
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    Quite frankly I wouldn't care when my daughter would do this (but hey, this is Holland so nobody actually cares).

    I don't think the punishment is harsh or anything. Just look at the video, it looks a lot like she's just kicking a scene because she knows it's being taped and acts all provocative. I wouldn't resort to such punishing methods though, but it's not brutal/savage/cruel.
     
  7. fishykipper

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    :-(, that man should be put in jail. that is sick!!!
     
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  8. pokefloote

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    Kazaa, lol.
    I remember those days.

    Anyways, she's a kid. She likes computers. He's beating her for that. He's mad because he doesn't have the control over the what goes on via the internet that his controlling nature requires over his family.
    There's just no reason for it.
     
  9. jan777

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    Guess nobody read she has ataxic cerebral palsy
     
  10. Shuji1987

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    Probably no one knows what it is. Including me.
     
  11. rad140

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerebral_palsy#Ataxic

    Here's a CNN video report with Anderson Cooper following up this news: http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2011/11/03/ac-tuchman-judge-behavior.cnn#/video/us/2011/11/03/ac-tuchman-judge-behavior.cnn

    What he did is a serious crime, and would result in jail time, but because the statute of limitations for this offense is five years, and the video is seven years old, it's unlikely that he can be charged.

    Here's also a more detailed CNN report: http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/02/justice/texas-video-beating/
     
  12. arogance1

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    Why does it matter that she has it, it doesn't make her above the law any more than anyone else
     
  13. jan777

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    Dude what. She's the victim.
     
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    I don't know why but this video reminds me of JoostinOnline.
    But instead of a belt he use words to beat down pirates.

    But on a serious note, that judge is gonna get away with it.
    They're not gonna charge him with anything. I guess they're waiting for him to kill her
     
  15. Thomas83Lin

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    I wonder if she bent over like she was told, the next time around
     
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    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    I seriously could not resist.

    Quite a bit of anger to ruin your dads career don't you think?
     
  17. rip-it-up

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    bet she stop using kazza tho!
     
  18. BrightNeko

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    this was posted already just not in usernews.

    On top, yay texas I'm so happy to live in this state. It was to harsh man -_- hope the fellow fails at all his hopes and all his dreams~

    off topic, STAR FOX ADVENTURES POSTER!!!
     
  19. omgpwn666

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    LOL! I would bend over next time. XD
    That guy beats his daughter while cussing at her like a bitch. He seems like a total douche and should probably lose his job... or get some kind of parenting class.
     
  20. Hyro-Sama

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    Starfox Adventures poster? Should have gotten her ass beat.