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South Texas Judge in Videotaped Beating Loses Seat

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    A South Texas family law judge seen beating his then-16-year-old daughter in a video she posted online in 2011 has lost his re-election bid.

    Unofficial returns show Aransas County voters on Tuesday rejected William Adams in the Republican primary.

    The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports County Attorney Richard Bianchi joins the bench in January. No Democrats challenged Adams, who sought a fourth full term.

    The video shows Adams lashing his daughter. Hillary Adams has said she released the video, which she secretly taped in 2004, to compel her father to get help and show he's unfit as a judge.

    She said the beating happened after she illegally downloaded files from the Internet.

    William Adams was suspended for a year. The Texas Supreme Court in November 2012 lifted his suspension.