GALVESTON – In Lieu of disciplinary action, the Texas Supreme Court has accepted a motion for resignation from a former Galveston County judge who has been mired in legal troubles the past several years.
In September 2013, Christopher Dupuy, former judge of the Galveston County Court-at-Law No. 3, resigned after entering a guilty plea to two misdemeanors as a trade-off to probation.
He was accused of perjury and abuse of official capacity.
As part of the plea deal, he was barred from running for public office for two years.
Dupuy was the focal point of allegations that he used the judgeship for personal gain, bullied attorneys, and plotted to kill his ex-wife and whisk their two children away with a woman who claimed to be his fiancée to New Zealand.
He was sued in June 2013 in an effort to be removed, and the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct suspended him without pay.
On Jan. 17 the high court concluded “Dupuy’s resignation is in the best interest of the public, the profession, and (himself).
He is now prohibited from holding himself out as an attorney at law, performing legal services for others, giving legal advice to others, accepting any fee directly or indirectly for legal services, appearing as counsel or in any representative capacity in any proceeding in any Texas court or before any Texas administrative body, or holding himself out to others or using his name in any manner in conjunction with the words “attorney at law,” “counselor at law,” or “lawyer.”