Galveston DA shifts judge probes to state

Galveston DA shifts judge probes to state

By Harvey Rice | February 18, 2013

GALVESTON – Investigations into the conduct of a Galveston County judge are being referred to the Texas attorney general, District Attorney Jack Roady said Monday.

Roady is asking the attorney general’s office to take over investigations into complaints against County Court-at-Law Judge Christopher Dupuy. If his office investigated, Roady said, he would have to ask Dupuy to withdraw as judge in hundreds of criminal cases pending in his court. It would be a conflict of interest for prosecutors to be investigating a judge while prosecuting cases over which the judge presides.

Dupuy’s withdrawal from so many cases would cost thousands of tax dollars to hire visiting judges to handle Dupuy’s criminal cases, Roady said.

“Judge Dupuy presides over one-third of the thousands of misdemeanor cases prosecuted by my office each year,” Roady said.

Roady also revealed that he had received more than one complaint against Dupuy meriting investigation.

“My office has received a number of complaints relating to Judge Dupuy,” he said, but he declined to say how many or reveal the nature of the complaints.

Last week Roady confirmed that he was investigating a complaint alleging abuse of official capacity after the attorney who filed the complaint made it public. Attorney Greg Enos accused Dupuy of improperly faxing legal advice to his fiancee from his chambers.

Dupuy has called the complaints against him politically motivated.

Any further allegations against Dupuy also will be referred to the attorney general, Roady said.

Original Source:  The Houston Chronicle, February 18, 2013, http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Galveston-DA-shifts-judge-probes-to-state-4288054.php

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.

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