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Galveston DA Investigates Dupuy for Criminal Complaint, Fiancee Testifies

Galveston DA Investigates Dupuy for Criminal Complaint

Dupuy Continues Bizarre Hearing

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:08 am

By Chris Paschenko

GALVESTON — Judge Christopher Dupuy voluntarily removed himself Tuesday from hearing an attorney’s family law case but not before finding the attorney in contempt for statements in her recusal motion.

Dupuy’s orders and rulings came amid a series of Monday and Tuesday hearings that attorneys characterized as bizarre.

The Galveston County District Attorney’s Office is investigating to learn if testimony in one of those hearings is connected with its criminal investigation on whether Dupuy abused his official capacity, Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady said.

On Tuesday, Dupuy held attorney Lori Laird in contempt and has recommended that an administrative court judge sentence her to 110 days in jail and fine her $250 for each of apparently 14 counts of contempt. The sentences should run concurrently, Dupuy stated in his Tuesday order.

Laird wasn’t arrested but was released on a personal bond as required by statute.

The contempt order came after a hearing in which Dupuy read allegations against Laird. Dupuy gave Laird’s defense attorneys opportunities to defend, explain or apologize for her statements, which Dupuy characterized as unprofessional pleadings that tended to disrespect authority and impede, embarrass or obstruct the court and its personnel.

With no prosecutor participating in the hearings, Laird’s attorneys, Tad Nelson, Cynthia Tracy and Greg Hughes, repeatedly responded that they would explain if they were presented with evidence against Laird.

Dupuy told the attorneys the evidence was Laird’s recusal motion, and he told the attorneys he wasn’t there to answer their questions. There were no witnesses to cross-examine. The attorneys complained Dupuy denied Laird due process of law.

‘Bizarro world’

“He has as much authority on what he’s doing as to show up at my house and tell me who’s going to cut the turkey,” Nelson said after the hearings. “We’re literally in bizarro world. There isn’t an explanation for it. Nobody has a good answer because there isn’t one. It’s the most mind-boggling thing.”

When asked to comment on the matter, Dupuy referred The Daily News to court documents on his orders and the applicable law.

“As with any other litigant, Ms. Laird was certainly afforded due process,” Dupuy said. “Through her counsels, Ms. Laird exercised her right to remain silent, so as not to further incriminate herself at the show-cause hearings.”

Dupuy declined to say what statute authorized his order, which states it is settled law that contemptuous statements and conduct in any form, including by way of motion, are punishable by criminal contempt.

“Indeed, no party or attorney is allowed a poetic license to take potshots at the judiciary or any trial judge in a motion to recuse on the theory that the trial court would lose jurisdiction to punish their bad behavior,” Dupuy stated in his contempt order.

Dupuy also cites “The Texas Lawyer’s Creed — A Mandate for Professionalism,” which he says the Supreme Court of Texas adopted 15 years ago. The provisions serve as a reminder and guideline for the profession, Dupuy wrote.

Sealed hearing

In a separate recusal hearing on Tuesday, Nelson said an administrative judge removed him and other attorneys and sealed the courtroom.

Attorney Greg Enos said the hearing involved a custody dispute between the judge’s fiancee and a man Enos said he is representing.

Last month, Enos sent a complaint letter to Roady’s office, claiming Dupuy possibly abused his official capacity. Enos claimed in the letter he had circumstantial evidence that Dupuy used county equipment or software to provide legal assistance to a woman he was dating. Dupuy might have used county equipment to help her in a family law matter, which would be a violation of the state’s penal code related to abuse of official capacity, Enos said.

Enos claimed in the complaint that his office received a faxed document on the custody case that listed Dupuy’s name and that could have come from the courthouse.

The judge’s fiancee testified Tuesday about who sent the fax and from where the fax was sent, Enos said. The testimony came from a hearing in which she sought to recuse a district court judge from the custody case, Enos said.

Dupuy, who was elected judge of County Court of Law No. 3 in a 2010 Republican landslide, denied the allegations.

Dupuy said Tuesday he couldn’t comment on testimony from a sealed custody matter. Enos’ allegations are founded upon politics and misconstrued information and are simply unfounded, Dupuy said.

A message emailed to an address believed to belong to the judge’s fiancee seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

Enos said a judge sealed the file, but law enforcement, the state bar and a state judicial ethics committee could view the case documents. Enos said he requested transcripts of the recusal hearing and notified the district attorney’s office.

Roady said his office didn’t participate in the custody hearing. Roady also said his office was looking into reports there was testimony related to the office’s ongoing investigation of Dupuy in connection with Enos’ complaint.

Contact reporter Chris Paschenko at 409-683-5241 or chris.paschenko@galvnews.com.

http://www.galvestondailynews.com/news/local_news/article_b8b57ede-75a3-11e2-b1a3-001a4bcf6878.html

Dupuy holds bizarre criminal contempt hearing

Dupuy holds bizarre criminal contempt hearing

Judge asks attorney to explain, defend or apologize for statement; issues no ruling

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:00 am

By CHRIS PASCHENKO

Attorneys were at a loss Monday to explain the relevance or legality of a hearing called by a county court judge who has accused an attorney of committing criminal contempt.

In a roughly two-hour hearing, Judge Christopher Dupuy repeatedly asked attorneys representing lawyer Lori Laird to explain, defend or apologize for statements in her November motion that seeks to have the judge removed from hearing a family law case.

When the hearing concluded, Dupuy said he would make a ruling on the matter in the near future. A second but similar hearing involving Laird is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. today.

Dupuy has come under scrutiny for incidents both before and after he was elected judge of Galveston County Court at Law No. 3 in a Republican landslide at the 2010 polls.

Laird was representing a client in a divorce case before Dupuy and filed motions seeking to have him removed from the case. Dupuy accused Laird of filing an unprofessional pleading that tended to disrespect authority and impede, embarrass or obstruct the court and its personnel.

Dupuy in January found Laird in contempt of court and requested another judge to have a hearing to confirm his finding. He also sought to have Laird fined and sentenced to not more than six months in jail and 50 hours of legal education on ethics.

Motion in question

In a 13-page motion filed in November, Laird leveled several allegations against Dupuy, claiming he was biased, in an effort to have him removed from a divorce case. Dupuy denied the allegations and claimed Laird’s recusal motion was frivolous.

Laird was forced to appear for Monday’s hearing because of a show-cause order filed by Dupuy in which he ordered Laird to appear in his court to show cause of why she should not be held in criminal contempt.

Although the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office had a prosecutor, Kevin Petroff, in the courtroom, he sat with spectators that nearly filled the benches behind the bar.

“I was only here to state that if the court were to ask us to participate, that we had no plans to participate,” Petroff said. “Nor were we asked to participate.”

Two tossed

from courtroom

Dupuy had two people removed from his courtroom during the proceeding, his ex-wife, Adrienne Viterna, for chewing gum, and one of Laird’s attorney’s, Tad Nelson, for interrupting the judge.

After Dupuy ordered Nelson out of his court, attorneys Cynthia Tracy and Greg Hughes became Laird’s attorneys of record.

Dupuy questioned the attorneys on more than 30 of Laird’s allegations in her recusal motion and whether she would explain, defend or apologize for the statements therein.

The attorneys responded that they would explain if they were presented with evidence against their client.

Dupuy claimed the evidence was Laird’s recusal motion — which was not entered as evidence — and that he wasn’t there to educate the attorneys or answer their questions.

Hughes said he believed the hearing was about indirect criminal contempt, which would require a prosecutor and evidence of any alleged contempt. The defense should also be able to cross-examine witnesses, he said.

Hearing a ‘charade’

‘We have no evidence and no witnesses to respond to,” Hughes said.

Hughes referred to the hearing as a “charade” that ignored rules of civil or criminal procedure.

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry and Sheriff Henry Trochesset were also present. Trochesset said he was there to make sure that if the judge ordered his staff to do anything, he would make sure it was done properly.

Nelson called the hearing the most bizarre he’d seen.

“What we’ve witnessed today has never happened in the history of Harris or Galveston counties,” Nelson said. “There was no due process. Literally all he did for the first 30 minutes was read allegations that he offered no evidence for.”

Attorney Greg Enos, who was in the gallery, questioned the timing of the hearing, as Laird has a hearing scheduled today that seeks to recuse Dupuy from a case.

Explaining the hearing would be akin to asking farmers to, “explain a three-headed cow that whistled Dixie,” Enos said.

Contact reporter Chris Paschenko at 409-683-5241 or chris.paschenko@galvnews.com.

http://www.galvestondailynews.com/news/local_news/article_d9f54e64-74d4-11e2-8093-0019bb30f31a.html

Galveston DA investigates county judge

Galveston DA investigates county judge 

By Harvey Rice | February 14, 2013 | Updated: February 14, 2013 10:29pm 

GALVESTON – The Galveston County district attorney is investigating a criminal complaint that a county judge improperly used his office to give legal advice to his fiancée.

The complaint by attorney Greg Enos accuses Judge Christopher Dupuy of abuse of official capacity for sending a fax from his chambers offering legal advice to his fiancée.

District Attorney Jack Roady confirmed that his office is investigating Enos’ complaint but declined further comment.

Dupuy accused Enos of filing the complaint for political and professional purposes. “Nevertheless, his allegation is so frivolous that now, months after Enos’ complaint, the DA has not seen a need to even ask me a single question,” Dupuy said.

The abuse-of-official-capacity law prohibits a public official from using government property for personal benefit. The crime can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the violation.

Enos said the fax may also violate ethics rules. “Ethics rules say that when you are a judge you cannot give legal advice,” he said.

Although the complaint was filed Dec. 27, Enos said he was present Tuesday when a woman testified under oath in a custody hearing that she was Dupuy’s fiancée and that he had faxed her legal advice from his chambers in the courthouse.

Enos said he became aware of the issue when he received a copy of the fax in December.

Dupuy has been embroiled in controversy over his alleged mistreatment of attorneys, accusations against fellow judges and his conduct as judge since his election in 2010.

A group of attorneys led by Enos has been leading efforts to have Dupuy removed from office.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Galveston-DA-investigates-county-judge-4279744.php

“It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”- Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland

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Tomorrow Judge Christopher Dupuy is holding two hearings (trials) to determine whether or not to hold me in criminal contempt.  He is seeking a maximum of one year of time in jail.  He has alleged 36 paragraphs of “contemptuous conduct” in one petition and 37 paragraphs of “contemptuous conduct” in another petition- for which he is seeking a $500 fine for each violation found.  He is also recommending that I be ordered 50 hours (times two separate petitions) of continuing legal education and BEST of all he is asking that my law license be suspended pending conclusion of an investigation by the State Bar of Texas.

I unwillingly got put into Judge Dupuy’s “target zone” for retaliatory action simply by zealously representing a family law client.  See REMOVEDUPUY.COM or Facebook DONTEQUILAXX for information regarding that scenario. Read the postings about the “Fracas and the “Prelude to the Fracas” in particular.  The purpose of this posting is to focus attention on tomorrow’s miscarriage of justice.

I believe that the escalation of retaliatory shots fired by Judge Dupuy toward me, including the filing of the criminal contempt charges, stem from the fact that I now represent Judge Dupuy’s ex-wife in a series of family law battles that exist between the two of them.   Prior to the “Fracas” and the “Prelude to the Fracas” I did not know Judge Dupuy’s ex-wife.

On December 28, 2012, Judge Christopher Dupuy was COURT ORDERED to show up at my office to give a deposition in a custody enforcement matter pending between the Judge and his ex-wife.  I will not go into the details of the behavior he exhibited in my office, although if you are curious you can read a summary for yourself in a petition filed by me in Cause No. 12FD1807, which is a PUBLIC record on Galveston County District Clerk’s website.

Dupuy showed up at my office, read a prepared statement, then refused to submit to the COURT ORDERED deposition and stormed out of my office.  As I have subsequently found out, Judge Dupuy then immediately drove to his office in the Galveston County Courthouse and drafted at least one of these retaliatory criminal contempt charges against me — THE VERY SAME DAY.   The criminal contempt allegations have nothing (directly) to do with his own pending cases against his ex-wife.  Rather they relate (directly) to family law cases of which I am the attorney of record assigned to CC#3, cases in which I had previously sought the recusal of the judge because I believed he would exhibit bias or prejudice against my clients and me.  I will not go into the details about my suspicions of Judge Dupuy’s wrong-doing, as I suspect that Judge Dupuy monitors this website.  My legal theory is something Judge Dupuy can learn at tomorrow’s hearing.

But, what I can do now is to remind people about Judge Dupuy’s history of questionable ethics and his spotty legal career. For those who do not know the history – the litany of BAD, UNETHICAL, and QUESTIONABLE acts of Judge Christopher Dupuy of County Court #3 in Galveston County, Texas —  I suggest you simply Google his name or read the prior postings and news archive on REMOVEDUPUY.COM.  Former clients are suing him for malpractice.  He has filed for bankruptcy twice.  He himself sues, or files state bar complaints and/or threatens and harasses most anyone who is involved in defending his ex-wife’s rights.  Judge Dupuy sued one of the ex-wife’s former attorneys, Savannah Robinson, for slander and lost, and he has even sued the parenting facilitator in his divorce case.  Dupuy’s OWN Uncle recently filed a lawsuit against him for money owed to him.  (See the recent article in Galveston Daily News.)  Dupuy also has judgments against him which (to the best of my understanding) he has not yet paid.  To put things in historical perspective, basic reading should include Savannah Robinson’s counter-petition against Judge Dupuy. It is alarming. Robinson won the case and was awarded a money judgment that Dupuy will likely never pay. I will attach a copy of or link to the counter-petition at the bottom of this post.  She does a fairly good job (in my humble opinion) of summing up some of the issues with Christopher Dupuy.

One other thing I can do now is to thank those who are fighting the good fight. There has been one other attorney who has previously and consistently called for Dupuy’s removal over the past year — and for that, I salute you: Greg Hughes.  Additionally, removal has been mentioned or suggested by Paul Kennedy and Julia Hatcher.   Now other lawyers are organizing and rising up to support Dupuy’s removal, as described in more detail below. And I have received expressions of support from many of these lawyers.  The support is certainly welcome. You cannot imagine the time, energy and emotional toil it takes to fight alone against a bully who will constantly strike out against you with retaliatory strikes.   The easy thing to do is nothing but to sit back and hope, pray and wait that something will happen, hope he will simply be removed.  I can understand why some members of the bar prefer that approach – particularly when the judge in question has a demonstrated history of using his powers to retaliate against those who get in his way.

I could not stand by and allow this injustice to occur.  I took what action I could.  I started educating myself on the past behavior of Judge Dupuy.  I was told about DonTequilaXX – an internet persona on Facebook (not me by the way) crying out into the wilderness- who through the use of political satire and commentary- was trying to draw attention to the atrocities that were occurring in that Court.  I learned a lot from Don Tequila’s page- and must admit- was greatly amused by some of the political satire- I invite you to check it out yourself.  My involvement in “all things Dupuy all the time” began in connection with the “Dirty Little Secrets” email that Judge Dupuy sent. It was a completely false, defamatory, scurrilous email sent by Dupuy to county officials basically accusing me, and two others, of wrongdoing.  He had absolutely NO evidence for his remarks and they were sent only in an attempt to hurt the reputation of those involved and (in my opinion) to interfere with my business relationships.

As time went on, there was sniping back and forth at me from Judge Dupuy in various forms.  Finally, Judge Dupuy “upped the ante” and found me in (civil) contempt- without ANY DUE PROCESS- WITHOUT NOTICE OR A HEARING.  These are basic premises of law that every first year law student should understand is required – but not Judge Dupuy. He acted as if he were above the law.  He did the same to Suzanne Radcliffe- who filed a mandamus with the Court of Appeals- where Dupuy’s order was overturned and he was required to “undo” what he had done.  I did not file a mandamus- the result would have been exactly the same- as the facts were the same.

I did, however, take the path of social action- even though I realized this would make me a bigger target for Dupuy’s retaliation.   I have spent my life dedicated to justice.  First, as a police officer, then as an attorney and advocate for my clients.  I started a FB page- called Ethical Judges- which quickly had many friends/subscribers that called for Ethical Judges on the bench in Galveston County.  Oddly enough, my Facebook page was mysteriously shut down due to complaints filed by an “individual” regarding a re-posting of a newspaper article about Dupuy which I placed on the webpage.  I wonder who would complain to Facebook about the simple reposting of an article that was/is already public information?  I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to figure this out.  However, as stated above, a greater chronicle of his misdeeds are on my REMOVEDUPUY.COM webpage.   My personal Facebook page was even temporarily shut down- yes, I do believe, at his request or at the request of someone acting at/under his direction.  He also filed a State Bar complaint against me- that had NOTHING to do with any of the cases pending- but rather- with my advertising- oddly enough- the very rules that HE HIMSELF HAD VIOLATED THAT LED TO A SUSPENSION OF HIS LAW LICENSE.  The State Bar dismissed his complaint against me after an investigation.  He remained unsatisfied and filed an appeal of the decision.  His appeal was also dismissed and I was found NOT to have engaged in any actions that violated the Rules of Professional Conduct.  I truly believe he thought he could silence me with his systematic attempts at bullying and intimidation.  But he was wrong.  I continued my online campaign which includes a petition for people to sign- a completely anonymous petition- just to send to the State showing the number of people who support his removal.  Please visit my REMOVEDUPUY.COM webpage and sign the petition if you agree with these actions.  Through the website I was contacted by lawyers and citizens who felt they have been wronged by Judge Dupuy.  However, most of them gave in to the fear and bullying tactics and were urging me to be braver than they had been able to be.

I have filed Judicial Ethics complaints against Judge Dupuy and have also sought to have criminal charges for official oppression filed against Judge Dupuy with the District Attorney’s office in Galveston.  It is my understanding that both of these complaints are still under investigation- however- in the interim- Dupuy’s reign of terror is allowed to continue- unchecked.  Hence tomorrow’s circus against me.

But I get ahead of myself in the commentary, in the interim many other people have suffered at the hands of Judge Dupuy since I started my online campaign to have Judge Dupuy removed from office.  Dupuy’s actions have finally caught the attention of so many people that they can no longer go unchecked.  This past month a group of attorneys and citizens have banded together to file a petition for Dupuy’s removal under Chapter 87 of the Local Government Code.  That law allows any citizen who has resided in the applicable county for six months to initiate a lawsuit for the removal of a county official for incompetency, official misconduct or intoxication. Incompetence, as concerns this case, is defined to mean gross ignorance of official duties or gross carelessness in the discharge of those duties. Official misconduct must be intentional, unlawful behavior relating to official duties by an officer entrusted with the administration of justice.  The term includes an intentional or corrupt failure or neglect of an officer to perform a duty imposed on the officer by law.

I am preparing an affidavit chronicling the events that Judge Dupuy has put me through that will be included as part of the Chapter 87 complaint.  The stress he has caused me personally has led to me suffering physical and emotional trauma- even leading to hospitalization at one point because the stress was wreaking havoc with my blood pressure- making it most difficult to control.  It became extremely low at one point… very scary- as my heart seems perfectly sound- the doctors believe it was the result of stress.  This was the weekend before the first recusal hearing was set.  Dupuy has filed so many complaints/motions/orders against me that simply keeping up with answering them have taken up an inordinate amount of time in my law practice forcing me to work even MORE hours than I already work (this by the way is a common Dupuy tactic).  And sadly, the stress has caused a major problem in my marriage- with my husband directly correlating my attention to the “Dupuy matter” to causing marital strife and difficulties that may have tragic consequences.

So what will happen to me tomorrow?  Who knows?!  I am in Dupuy World, folks – Galveston’s twisted real-life version of Wonderland.  Nothing makes sense.

“Off with their heads!” Could be the result.  Of course, I speak metaphorically- however things do grow “curiouser and curiouser.”  However, I am so fortunate to have a legal team defending me- spearheaded by Attorney Tad Nelson.  Although it is a little late to be posting this information- I felt the need- just in case something insane happens tomorrow- and to invite you all to come out and hear the evidence for yourself and SEE and HEAR with your own eyes and ears the madness that is occurring.  The first hearing is scheduled for 2 pm in County Court 3.  The second hearing is scheduled for 3 pm in County Court 3.  I plan to defend myself vigorously against Judge Dupuy.  I hope to see some friendly faces in the gallery for support.  This has been a long ordeal and is not over yet.  Should I not be in jail on February 12, 2013- my two recusal hearings are to be heard.  I will keep you posted and want to thank you all for your continued support.  Keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

“Give your evidence and don’t be nervous, or I’ll have you executed on the spot.”- the King of Hearts

 

Link to Savannah Robinson counter-petition: in Dupuy v. Robinson:  http://bit.ly/WDh8Lp

Don Tequila Speculation: The Prelude to the Fracas

Note: Here is a reposting from Don Tequila’s Facebook page that contains DT’s speculation about certain events that may have lead to the “court fracas”. For more information visit Facebook.com/DonTequilaXX 

Prelude to the Fracas (Finally) – A Judge on a Vendetta?

 by Don Tequila on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:23am

You know how the holidays are. You gotta put up the Christmas lights. Eat a lot. Deal with crowded stores. Spend time with family (the most important part). Work on the Ranch. Celebrate the New Year. Leave the Christmas lights up a good two weeks after the New Year. Take the Christmas lights down. Realize you gotta get back to work and pay the bills. Well all of that has come and gone. And I promised everyone the “Prelude to the Fracas” well before the holidays. I blame it on the egg nog.

 

Well guess what. It is finally here. After a little digging and frustration with the frequently down Galveston County Court website and a little ingenuity, I got my grubby little hands on “it.” The Prelude to the Fracas. Exhibit 23 in legal parlance to a court filing made in late 2012.

 

And what does Exhibit 23 (i.e. The Prelude to the Fracas) contain? Emails from Judge Dupuy to the Galveston County District Clerk’s office threatening to issue an order holding the District Clerk in contempt and threatening to hold the District Clerk “financially liable” by imposing costs and fees on the District Clerk. Read it here: http://bit.ly/11w17tA

 

The threats made by Judge Dupuy in Exhibit 23 are shocking. But, as is frequently the case with Dupuy (a man who listed a false address on his judicial application after all) it is worse than you think.

 

Now why would the “honorable” (cough cough – sarcasm alert) Judge Dupuy, the twice bankrupt Judge Dupuy, the three times sued for malpractice Judge Dupuy, make such a threat to a county employee? Well it appears that the “good” (seriously?) Judge was flummoxed (out of his gourd flummoxed, chug a bottle of pepto flummoxed) that a custody enforcement action AGAINST Judge Dupuy (12FD1807) was docketed and filed in the 306th District Court but was not sealed along with his divorce records and along with the Mayville malpractice files. Judge Dupuy apparently likes to keep his dirty laundry as his own dirty little secret.

 

Don’t believe me? Read it here: http://bit.ly/11w17tA

 

Dupuy sends threatening emails to the District Clerk – in effect trying to act as the judge in his OWN custody enforcement case – in an attempt to have the custody enforcement action sealed. Dupuy’s last email is dated July 31, 2012 and in it he threatens the District Clerk (Jack Roady alert: there is a whiff of abuse of office in the air, a strong whiff) because he is flummoxed with the administrative handling of a personal Dupuy matter in the 306th District Court.

 

The District Clerk politely explains to Judge Dupuy why the custody enforcement action was docketed in the manner that it was. And Dupuy responds with a threat of contempt of court — a threat that Dupuy issues in writing in his capacity as a judge because of the administrative handling of a personal Dupuy matter in the court of another judge, a court with continuing jurisdiction over Dupuy’s custody matter.

 

Greg Enos has had a policy dispute ongoing for years literally regarding part-time judges. Lori Laird does a great job describing the policy dispute here:

 

“People keep asking what is my position on Gregory B. Enos…. http://wp.me/p2NIxp-1r via @wordpressdotcom.”

 

But Dupuy does not decide to jump into the fray until after he stomps his feet and doesn’t get his way with the July 2012 “Prelude to the Fracas” emails. Dupuy hijacks the policy disagreement to level vengeful and baseless accustations against the 306th District court and related parties.

 

Literally. A little more than a month later Dupuy goes into “vendetta mode” and takes out his frustration on the 306th District Court by declaring a jihad against the Associate Judge and another lawyer who happens to have an office sharing arrangement with the Associate Judge. This jihad is best encapsulated in Dupuy’s “Dirty Little Secret” email which he sent to the District Clerk and the County Attorney’s Office in September 2012. (There are related court filings that also shed light on the matter.)

 

In the “Dirty Little Secrets” email Dupuy makes baseless and inflammatory accusations against the 306th District Court, leveling accusations of intentional or negligent violation of the Texas Family Code to financially benefit “the judge’s friends and her appointee.” Dupuy recklessly claims in the “Dirty Little Secret Email” that “dozens and most likely hundreds of cases now have void orders.”

 

Worse, Dupuy recklessly and without any evidence claims that hundreds of thousands of dollars “may have been funneled through the court or with the court’s blessings” to the Associate Judge as “fees.” Dupuy verbatim states “Quite frankly, the legal exposure in this matter is great, and it is alarming.” Dupuy closes his “Dirty Little Secrets” email by stating that he feels “compelled to notify the Texas Rangers and the Texas Judiciary of these judicial abuses.” Someone PLEASE let the kettle know that the pot is calling it black.

 

Read it all here:

 

Prelude to the Fracas Emails

http://bit.ly/11w17tA

 

Dirty Little Secret Email

http://bit.ly/UBv9df

 

Dupuy’s actions in these matters shock the conscience. A judge is supposed to stand for honesty, integrity, impartiality, and wisdom. Read the evidence and decide for yourself if this is the kind of person who should be a judge, the kind of person who should be making decisions that affect the lives of children and families on a daily basis.

 

And wait. There is more to come. There are more schenanigans involving Judge Dupuy and his vendetta against the 306th that will soon come to light and that those in and around the Galveston court house are already aware of. As is the case with Dupuy, it gets worse. How does this happen? How does the legal system let a person like this get away with these kinds of antics? When will the powers that be, in particular Republican elected officials, in Galveston County stand up and say “Judge Dupuy, have you no sense of decency? have you no shame?”

 

It is well past time for Dupuy to go. Greg Enos nows realizes this and is distancing himself (wisely I might add) from the train wreck that is Dupuy. We patiently await the next issue of the Mongoose when Enos will FINALLY publicly call for Dupuy’s ouster. Now, elected “R”‘s need to stand up and be heard — publicly. This is not a partisan issue. It is about fairness and justice.

 

For more information visit twitter.com/FakeDonTequila or www.RemoveDupuy.com

 

Lawyers meet to bounce Galveston judge

League City

January 24, 2013

There is a meeting this evening of citizens who say they are concerned about the actions and integrity of Galveston County Court Judge Christopher Dupuy  

The organizer, Attorney Greg Enos, of The Enos Law Firm, saying those attending will discuss a lawsuit to remove Dupuy from office under Sec. 87.01 of the Local Government Code, and share information and planning strategy. 

The meeting is at Spring Creek Barbeque in League City at 6:00 pm.

Enos asked those able to share information about specific actions of the judge’s official misconduct since he has been in office, to bring it in writing to share with others in attendance.   

“We plan to be professional and fair and deal with facts, not rumors,” he said in his invitation mailed to other attorneys on his invitation list. 

“We expect some elected officials to join us. However, we need residents of Galveston County to join this effort, not just attorneys,” said Enos.

The invitation encourages others to, “Join your fellow lawyers who care about the integrity of our justice system in a meeting to plan removal lawsuit vs. Judge Dupuy

The Enos Law Firm is based in Webster and specializes in divorce and child custody cases.  The practise in both Harris and Galveston Counties.

http://thepolicenews.net/default.aspx?act=Newsletter.aspx&category=News%201-2&newsletterid=36309&menugroup=Home

Dupuy wants to replace county’s justice administrator

* County judge calls request ‘a waste of time’

 Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 1:00 am | Updated: 7:26 am, Wed Feb 6, 2013.

By T.J. AULDS

 Embattled County Court Judge Christopher Dupuy has asked county commissioners to replace the county’s justice administration administrator.

But it’s unlikely the request will ever see the light of day. County Judge Mark Henry said he considers Dupuy’s request a waste of the commissioners’ time and, barring a request from another member of the commissioners court, the request won’t go anywhere.

 

Last week, Dupuy asked the commissioners to remove Bonnie Quiroga, accusing her of lying and misusing her office. He also said the move would save the county money.

Quiroga, in a complaint filed with the county’s human resources department, said Dupuy’s complaint is little more than retribution for her complaints to county officials and the district attorney’s office about Dupuy’s actions as a judge.

Records obtained by The Daily News show that Quiroga has reported to county officials concerns about Dupuy’s actions, which, she says, include harassing county officials and employees and threatening attorneys with contempt citations when they have complained of the way he conducts business.

Dupuy, who was elected in 2010 as part of the Republican landslide, also faces a criminal investigation on complaints that he misused county resources to help associates and has been the subject of several complaints with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, as well as with the region’s administrative judge. He also faces an effort by attorneys who are seeking to remove him from the bench.

On Tuesday, Dupuy sent a request to Henry’s office asking for an agenda item to replace Quiroga.

Dupuy accused the justice administrator of lying about “a veteran issue” and claims she is about to be the subject of a criminal complaint that she “used her office and position” to misuse confidential information.

Dupuy also suggested the county would save money because Quiroga, who has worked for the county for years, “collects the maximum salary, wherein a new employees would significantly save the county money yearly in salary and benefits.”

The Daily News could not confirm or find the criminal complaint Dupuy mentioned.

When asked to clarify his request to commissioners, Dupuy accused Quiroga as using her office for political purposes, which “would be reason enough for her to step down” but would not clarify. Dupuy would not clarify what she had done within her office that was political

As for why he filed the agenda request?

“The public deserves accountability and the best person it can get for that position,” Dupuy said. “As a county, we are currently not getting what we are paying for.”

Henry, who is Quiroga’s boss, said: “Bonnie does a fine job. I (gave) Bonnie marching orders two years ago exactly what she is supposed to do in that job, and she’s done it. I have no knowledge of her ever lying to me about anything.”

Dupuy did not elaborate on what the “lie” was about, but Quiroga did raise a concern to Henry that she thought the judge was using a table he set up in the hall outside his courtroom with some veterans material that was not court-related, which is not allowed in the courthouse.

When told that was Dupuy’s reference, Henry scoffed.

“Calling that a veterans issue is a stretch, and she didn’t lie,” he said. “She brought up a concern, that’s all.”

Henry, Quiroga’s boss, said Dupuy would have to look elsewhere to get support for getting rid of Quiroga.

“I’m not interested in putting this on the agenda,” he said. “There are people who come to us all the time wanting stuff that would waste our time on the agenda. This would fall into that category.”

In her letter to the county’s human resource office, Quiroga said Dupuy was “acting out of retaliation for actions taken by me and my office with regard to possible wrongdoing … including making inappropriate purchases on the county-issued credit card, discussions regarding abuse of judicial authority, bullying and intimidation, retaliation toward both female employees and female private attorneys, security violations, misuse of county equipment for personal use (and) assisting a litigant and use of common areas of the courts building for non-court related matters.

“His attempt to terminate my employment with Galveston County is a veiled threat, as he alone does not have any power with regard to my employment.”

Attorney Greg Enos, who is leading a charge to have Dupuy removed from the bench and who is also Quiroga’s attorney as part of the criminal complaint against the judge, said he expects that by the end of the month a lawsuit will be filed to remove Dupuy from his post.

“We have a core group of 14 lawyers working on it,” Enos said. “We have expressions of support from dozens of lawyers. We think it will be filed in conjunction with some county (elected) officials.

“I think it’s safe in stating that everyone at the courthouse wants to see him gone.”

Dupuy claims complaints against him are political attacks.

“The political disruptions of my ex-wife and her attorneys are nonsense,” Dupuy said. “Every reasonable attorney in the county knows it. Indeed, the facts and evidence have always shown that every political allegation made has never had any factual basis. I am not calling these handful of people liars — just that they have an awful time with being truthful.”


Dupuy seeks to have bankruptcy case dismissed

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 12:12 am

GALVESTON — A county court judge who filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection in February is seeking to have the case dismissed, according to federal court documents filed Thursday.

Christopher Dupuy was elected judge of Galveston County Court of Law No. 3 during a 2010 Republican landslide. He has come under scrutiny related to incidents both before and after he became judge.

 

In October, Dupuy listed $299,772 as the amount in which creditors hold unsecured, nonpriority claims, court documents state. 

On Thursday, Thomas M. Root, Dupuy’s bankruptcy attorney, filed a motion to dismiss his client’s Chapter 13 case.

Chapter 13 is called the wage earner bankruptcy, which is available to individuals who promise to repay as many debtors as possible.

Root and Dupuy didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment on the matter Thursday morning.

The February bankruptcy case was the second one for Dupuy since 2004, when he filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. He listed $404,706 in liabilities and $192,577 in assets then. An order was signed June 22, 2004, releasing all dischargeable debts.

In February’s filing, Dupuy listed 31 creditors on the form for those holding unsecured, nonpriority claims. Of those, 20 had dollar amounts attached, eight were listed as an unknown dollar amount and three were listed to provide notice.

The creditors included six different fees from attorneys, six credit card companies, four civil suits, two foreclosures, two repossessions, two student loans, a personal loan, a medical provider, a utility bill and a cellphone company.

The largest single debit listed was a $145,333 student loan, the document states.

Dupuy earns a $140,000 annual salary as judge, according to the Galveston County Human Resources Department.

Attorney David A. Bryant Jr. was among the attorneys listed as creditors. Bryant, on behalf of a company called Mr. Margarita, a former client of Dupuy’s, named Dupuy in a $500,000 fraud and malpractice lawsuit. The suit accused Dupuy of engaging in conduct that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to Dupuy’s clients.

In relation to that lawsuit, a judge ordered a $7,500 sanction against Dupuy and accused Dupuy of filing recusal motions solely for the purpose of delay and without sufficient evidence.

Shortly after the sanction, Dupuy filed for bankruptcy protection in February. 

The bankruptcy filing put on hold the lawsuit, which is scheduled for a February status check.

Root seeks dismissal of the bankruptcy case without prejudice to refiling, the court document states. 

Judge resigns after judicial ethics opinion

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 12:00 am

GALVESTON — An associate judge has resigned her post of 16 years after Wednesday’s release of an opinion by the Committee on Judicial Ethics.

The opinion titled “Practice of Law by Part-time Judge” states a family law jurist cannot also practice family law as an attorney in the same county or in surrounding counties that use the same appeals courts.

 

Suzanne Schwab Radcliffe was appointed as an associate judge in 1997 to hear child abuse cases and earned $38,000 annually with no benefits.

“I was working for 16 years under a signed agreement by all the judges who heard family law cases, allowing my private cases to be transferred to their courts to avoid the appearance of impropriety,” Radcliffe said. “In all the years, I only had two attorneys complain, and I immediately withdrew from those cases. It is because of the new opinion that I am resigning immediately.”

Commissioners likely to vote on contract

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said county commissioners would likely vote to end Radcliffe’s contract during a specially called Monday meeting and then reauthorize a contract for another appointed judge.

Family Court Judge Janis L. Yarbrough of Galveston’s 306th District Court said her predecessor, Judge Susan P. Baker, appointed Radcliffe after receiving a grant to pay a part-time judge to hear cases involving Child Protective Services.

“They agreed other county courts would transfer their CPS cases to county court 1 and county court 2,” Yarbrough said. “county court 3 had not yet been created.”

The commission continued the contract after the grant expired, Yarbrough said.

Dupuy requested opinion

Judge Christopher Dupuy of Galveston’s County Court at Law No. 3 said he requested the opinion in the fall. Dupuy held Radcliffe in contempt in November, claiming there was a conflict of interest in her dual role as a family law attorney and judge. Dupuy ordered Radcliffe disqualified from a divorce proceeding in his court and held her in contempt, but the contempt order was reversed on appeal.

Dupuy said he single-handedly spearheaded a drive to remove cronyism and friendship from the county’s judicial decisions.

The statewide ethics opinion made public Wednesday was the first one issued since 2009.

“In essence, what has been transpiring for more than a decade in Galveston County has been unethical,” Dupuy said.

When questioned by other lawyers in the past about the matter, Yarbrough told them to ask for an opinion, a mandamus or seek an appeal, she said. Family law attorney Greg Enos, who has practiced for 27 years, raised the issue last summer, Yarbrough said.

“I have been the lone wolf in the wilderness arguing for years with Yarbrough about this,” Enos said. “They should have done this a long time ago.”

Opinion a surprise

Radcliffe called the committee’s opinion a surprise. She had one raise in 16 years and had no choice but to continue her law practice, she said.

“I find it questionable that I have practiced in front of Dupuy for two years before he suddenly had a problem with this,” Radcliffe said.

Radcliffe also said she was saddened that she would have to resign because she did the job not for pay but because she was passionate about helping children.

“There is a reason why the Texas Commission for Children advocate for specialized abuse and neglect courts with judges who are experienced in the area,” Radcliffe said.

Uncle sues Dupuy over $25,000 personal loan

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 9:53 pm, Tue Jan 15, 2013.

GALVESTON — A county court judge was sued by his uncle, who is seeking repayment of $16,823 of a personal loan, court documents reveal.

Christopher Dupuy was elected judge of Galveston County Court at Law No. 3 during a 2010 Republican landslide. He has come under scrutiny related to incidents before and after he became judge.

 

The latest lawsuit filed Monday in district court against the judge claims he stopped repaying a $25,000 personal loan.

John Dupuy of Bernalillo County, N.M., wrote a cashier’s check to the judge on Nov. 16, 2010, after the judge signed a promissory note, the lawsuit claims.

The promissory note states: “Dear John: On my good name I promise to repay you $25,000 principal plus 5 percent interest for a grand total of $25,686.98.”

The note accompanying the lawsuit lists 11 monthly payments of $2,335.18 and states it is “executed by your loving nephew on Nov. 3, 2010.”

The judge made partial payments on the note, leaving a $16,823.75 balance, the lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit accuses the judge of defaulting on the note and said he owes $16,823.75 plus an annual 5 percent interest from Jan. 20, 2012, until paid.

The lawsuit also seeks reimbursement of the costs of the filing.

Attempts to reach the Dupuys for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Judge Dupuy has garnered attention from other incidents. He was under a six-month probated suspension from the state bar when he ran for election. The bar found he committed professional misconduct.

The judge is named in a $500,000 fraud and malpractice lawsuit that accuses him of engaging in conduct that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars of damages against his own clients.

Stemming from that lawsuit, a judge ordered Christopher Dupuy to pay $7,500 in sanctions and accused him of filing motions solely for the purpose of delay and without sufficient evidence.

Shortly after the sanction, Dupuy filed for bankruptcy, his second such filing since 2004.

In the latest bankruptcy filing, the judge listed the personal loan as part of the creditors holding unsecured, nonpriority claims. The personal loan was removed from an updated creditors holding schedule.

Christopher Dupuy ultimately received a federal court judge’s permission in December to dismiss the latest bankruptcy filing, in which the judge claimed $299,772 as the amount owed to creditors.

That amount included fees from attorneys, credit card companies, four civil suits, two foreclosures, two repossessions and two student loans.

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