On Nov. 6, the Texas Supreme Court lifted its one-year-old suspension of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct had issued Adams a public warning Sept. 6, concluding that a 2004 videotape posted on Youtube.com depicting Adams striking his daughter “forcefully at least seventeen times with a belt . . . cast reasonable doubt on his capacity to act impartially as a judge.”
The high court noted in its Nov. 6 order that it had suspended Adams from his judicial office with pay on Nov. 22, 2011, while the State Commission on Judicial Conduct completed its investigation into allegations of judicial misconduct. After the judicial conduct commission concluded its investigation and issued its public warning against Adams, Adams filed an “Agreed Motion to Lift Order of Suspension of Judge,” requesting that he be allowed to return to office, the high court’s order. The court order states that Adams is allowed “to return to office without delay.”
The Supreme Court cited its authority under Texas Constitution Article 5, §1-a(6)A and Texas Rule for the Removal or Retirement of Judges 15(b).
Adams did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. His lawyer, Corpus Christi solo William Dudley also did not return a call immediately.
The judicial conduct commission’s Sept. 6 public warning of Adams notes that he routinely presides over cases involving allegations of child abuse, family violence and assault.
-- Miriam Rozen