Damn, that fall from grace can be awfully fast sometimes. Two days after being indicted on two felony charges and six misdemeanor charges and one day after being arrested, disgraced Galveston County Court at Law Judge Christopher Dupuy was suspended from the bench without pay by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct late Thursday afternoon.
Mr. Dupuy will remain off the bench pending the resolution of the criminal charges against him and the civil suit filed to remove him. Whatever the outcome, however, his short-lived career as a judge, and possibly as an attorney, is over.
For anyone who has had the misfortune of practicing in his court, the latest developments can't be much of a surprise (only that it took this long). He rode into office on the tails of straight-ticket voting by suburban Republican voters in Galveston County. His behavior on the bench has been erratic from the start. His lack of knowledge of the law was apparent from his first days on the bench.
For now, however, the stain on the second floor of the courthouse has been removed.
Here is a copy of the order suspending Mr. Dupuy: