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Judge This, Galveston Judge gets arrested

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A Galveston County Judge is under arrest and charged with several felonies. Judge Christopher Dupuy is charged with two counts of felony obstruction or retaliation, four counts of abuse of official capacity and two counts of official oppression. Dupuy is accused of retaliating and ruling against attorneys he didn't like including his ex-wife's custody lawyer Lori Laird. "He did so many retaliatory things against me. He filed state bar complaints against me," says Laird. Laird, Dupuy and his ex-wife were actually about to take part in a custody hearing when Dupuy was arrested there at the Galveston County Courthouse. "We were having an emergency hearing because we had a credible source tell us Dupuy was planning (to hurt) his ex-wife and take his kids out of the country. He was taken off to be indicted even before the hearing began. Texas Rangers took him away," explains Laird.

Several hours before the indictments and Dupuy's arrest a group of attorneys got together and filed a civil petition of removal to have Dupuy stripped of his title and taken off the bench. "Judge Dupuy was a bad and unethical attorney long before he was a judge and didn't change after he was elected. He's showing favoritism in his court, particularly with women he was seeing or dating and handing down terrible orders against the other side. He has fined or jailed attorneys who have crossed him," explains attorney Greg Hughes who helped file the petition.

"He accused me of being an internet persona that I am not. He ordered me to 220 days in jail in addition to paying a bunch of fines. I feel like I woke up in Soviet Russia, not the United States because my civil rights were violated in every possible way," adds Laird.

One attorney told us a group actually gathered to watch Dupuy being hauled away to jail and said the group was "elated" that justice was finally being served. Dupuy has been a judge for two years. "I think he should be in jail for a long time. He's jailed other people who shouldn't have been," says Hughes.D

Dupuy's lawyer wouldn't comment on the charges. George Parnham would only say "We are awaiting our day in court".

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