Monday, December 6, 2010

Shaken down, not stirred

Christopher Dupuy is one of the three new judges in the Galveston County Courts at Law. Recently Mr. Dupuy sent a letter to all attorneys residing in Galveston soliciting ideas and funds.
"I am also still a politician with a just-completed campaign to pay for, so I am accepting contributions (although I frankly value your advice more). Although, by statute, contributions may not exceed $2,500.00 per person or $15,000.00 per law firm, I will only accept contributions up to $500 per person or $5,000 per law firm. Contributions should be made payable to "Dupuy for Judge" and mailed to the address above."
Mr. Dupuy was swept into office in the Republican tide in Galveston County. His share of the vote was virtually identical to Gov. Perry's. His percentage of the vote was just below that of the other Republicans who won benches. Mr. Dupuy did next to no campaigning in the run-up to the election. His campaign website was not even updated after the primary election.

What campaign debt can Mr. Dupuy have? Is this letter a genuine call for contributions to offset a nonexistent campaign that clung to the coattails of Gov. Goodhair? Or is it a shakedown of the Galveston County bar?


Binky said...

Dupuy is of the most inept legal counsel in the area. His election was most certainly a result of straight party ballots.

I don't expect his tenure to last long, but may mercy shine on those that must present in his court in the mean time.

I also wonder what is reprimand from the BAR was for??

Paul B. Kennedy said...

Thank you for the comment.

Here is the link to the Texas Bar Journal issue that contains the disciplinary notice.

There was an issue regarding statements made on his website and an advertisement in a yellow pages book.

His license was suspended for 6 months, but the suspension was probated.