The Galveston County judge recently criminally indicted was arrested again today. Yet another criminal indictment was filed against Judge Christopher Dupuy this afternoon. Dupuy was actually in a custody hearing fighting against his ex-wife when he was led out of the courtroom by a Galveston County Sheriff's deputy and Dupuy was, once again, arrested.
This makes the ninth criminal indictment for Judge Dupuy in just three weeks. "It's flabbergasting. It's just going to keep coming I think. I've been practicing law 15 years and I've never seen anything like this. I don't know what to think," says Galveston attorney Julia Hatcher.
Dupuy was indicted May 22, 2013 on two felony charges of Obstruction or Retaliation, two misdemeanor Official Oppression and four misdemeanor Abuse of Official Capacity charges. Now Dupuy is charged with an additional Abuse of Official Capacity accusation. According to the indictment Dupuy "did knowingly violate a law relating to his office as public servant by engaging in the private practice of law on behalf of (his then fiancé) Tara Compton".
Galveston residents say they were shocked at the first arrest and now stunned at the second. "That's doubly disturbing for someone to be in that sort of situation and to put themselves in any kind of position where they could compromise what's going on. It's very sad and very disturbing," says Galveston resident Larry Burroughs.
Dupuy was actually testifying in an emergency custody hearing that was called after allegations came out that the judge was planning to kill his ex-wife and take their kids to another country. Dupuy was taken from that custody hearing and arrested by a Galveston County Sheriff's Deputy for this latest indictment. "You're not guilty until proven guilty. He deserves his day in court just like everyone that he has judged. (So you want to hear what Dupuy has to say?) Absolutely," says Burroughs.
Judge Dupuy is suspended without pay. He posted bond and is once again out of jail. Dupuy actually will be attending another hearing tomorrow in regards to a civil petition filed to have him removed from the bench. Friday there is yet another hearing where Dupuy will have to appear before the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
The judge in the custody case is expected to release his decision, regarding which parent will get custody, on Tuesday.