A local judge who caused a national firestorm after being seen in an internet video beating his daughter repeatedly with a belt is now free to return to the bench.
The Supreme Court of Texas has ordered that the suspension of Aransas County Court at Law Judge William Adams be lifted immediately.
The order now allows Adams to return to his job.
It was almost exactly one year ago that the now infamous video began making headlines. The video had been posted on Youtube by the judge's daughter, Hillary, who is seen in the video being violently punished.