The Texas Supreme Court, on Tuesday, lifted a suspension against Judge William Adams, who was caught on video beating his 16-year-old disabled daughter.
Judge Adams was suspended with pay last year while the State Commission on Judicial Conduct investigated his actions, which were captured on video and uploaded to YouTube by his daughter Hillary, who claimed the incident happened in 2004.
In the video, Judge Adams repeatedly whipped Hillary, who was was born with ataxic cerebral palsy, with a belt while threatening her.
No charges were filed because of the statute of limitations.
In September, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct ruled that Judge Adams had disgraced the family court judiciary that he ruled on, reports the Corpus Christi Caller Times.
Apparently, it is not unusual for judicial suspensions to be lifted after the commission issues a censure, unless that censure calls for the judge to be removed from the bench.
However, Judge Adams will no longer preside over some cases brought by the Texas Department of Family and Protective services.
Judge Adams’ ex-wife Hallie Adams told the Associated Press: “Hillary and I are both really sad today. I had really hoped the judicial review process would work. I had really wanted to see the public protected."