Christopher Dupuy, the Galveston judge who is [expletive deleted] nuts, is back in the news. According to this morning’s Houston Chronicle, the jurist was arrested yet again. Dupuy’s second indictment and arrest was a result of alleged abuse of official capacity. This occurred because Dupuy allegedly gave legal advice to an ex-girlfriend. The practice of law by a sitting judge is deemed an abuse of office.
Perhaps more humorous is that the Galveston County DA, when hearing of this morass, stated “Not only was he helping her out [illegally], but he gave her horrible legal advice that got her in trouble.” Dupuy’s advice was to simply ignore an order from the court on child support. The District Attorney is not prosecuting any of the claims against Dupuy, as there is a conflict of interest. Rather, the Attorney General’s office will be dealing with these matters.
Dupuy has done some strange things in the past, including threatening to murder his ex-wife and abduct their children. In fact, this woman the current controversy revolves around, Tara Compton, is the woman he allegedly confided in about his future murder plot. This woman isn’t all there, either, it seems.
For what it is worth, no one seems to be talking about what happens in the event of Dupuy’s removal. I called the Galveston County Clerk and found out that the removal hearing has been pushed back about a week. In the event of Dupuy’s removal, it would be the Galveston County Commissioner’s Court, not the Governor, who would appoint a replacement. This has caused some confusion, as just about everyone in the State is familiar that the Governor would appoint a new District Attorney. Let me explain.
All 254 counties in the State have their own county officers. This includes a County Judge, 4 Commissioners, a Clerk, a Sheriff, a Tax Assessor, an Attorney and a Treasurer. Additionally, they include at least ONE (1) County Court at Law. Sometimes, multiple positions are consolidated together. Then, there are Districts. Districts could overlap with many counties or just one county. Sometimes, there are multiple districts in just one county. Accordingly, each district has a Judge, a Clerk and an Attorney. Since the districts at least ostensibly represent larger areas than just a county, someone above the County level needed to fill vacancies. Hence, the Governor.
Lehmberg is the District Attorney, even though her district only includes Travis County. Dupuy, meanwhile, is a Judge for the County, not a District in Galveston County.