A couple of months ago, I chronicled the epic saga going on in Galveston over a County Court at Law Judge who is officially off-his-rockers. In short, this Judge, Christopher Dupuy, has been the host of lots of other issues. In short, I will quote some of what I said back in May:
An exhaustive summary of all of the controversies Dupuy has been involved in in the past roughly two years would be too onerous to detail at this time. Rather, there are three distinct issues currently affecting the Galveston Judge.
First, Dupuy was recently indicted and suspended without pay for eight crimes. These included corruption, oppression, abuse of power and retaliation. After the original arrest and indictment, Dupuy simply showed up for work like nothing had happened. It was only at that time that Dupuy was ordered by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct into official unpaid suspension.
Second, Dupuy has been historically quite erratic and possibly dangerous. A Chron article from February describes Susan Criss, another Galveston judge, fearing for her safety and the safety of her staff after frightening encounters with Dupuy. Judge Criss also claimed that Dupuy had posted inflammatory comments on his personal Facebook page, insinuating that he was carrying handguns “in a zipped pocket in his jacket” to the courthouse regularly.
Lastly, Dupuy has been involved in extensive family drama. During a recent court hearing of which Dupuy was a party to, rather than presiding over, Dupuy was alleged told his then-girlfriend that he was planning on killing his ex-wife and kidnapping his children and bringing them out of the country. FOX26 reports that this girlfriend, Tara Compton, plead the fifth when taking the stand, out of fear for her life. “I’m afraid something bad will come of this. I don’t want to end up having a bad accident after all of this. I fear what could happen to me,” the woman said. Dupuy also allegedly mailed a picture of a gun with a silencer on it to his ex-wife.
This guy is nuts. He was noted a few times to start laughing during court proceedings “when there did not appear to be anything humorous happening.” I had heard stories over the years of an absolutely psychotic lawyer my father once faced off against, but didn’t realize it was Dupuy until somewhat recently. I hope he can get kicked out of office sooner, rather than later, so that Galveston can reclaim some of their dignity.
Now, the Houston Chronicle reports that Dupuy has a reached a plea deal. He has pleaded guilty to abuse of office and perjury charges, and will be held in jail for a short amount of time. Following that, he will serve two years probation. If all goes well –which, if history is any indication, is a huge “if”– the blemishes will be cleared from his record. However, Dupuy, who has been suspended from the bench since the start of the summer, was forced to resign from office as part of the agreement.
Dupuy resigned today from office, ending a tumultuous 2 and 3/4 years in office.The Galveston County Commissioners’ Court will appoint a replacement until the regularly scheduled general election for the seat, in November of 2014.