GALVESTON — An attorney held in contempt and barred from representing clients in Judge Christopher Dupuy’s county court has asked an appeals court to reverse the orders, saying Dupuy abused his discretion and denied her due process of law.
Dupuy claims Suzanne Schwab-Radcliffe has a conflict of interest in her dual role as a family law attorney and as a part-time family law judge in Galveston’s 306th District Court.
Schwab-Radcliffe represented a divorce client in Dupuy’s court, but on Oct. 3 Dupuy disqualified Schwab-Radcliffe from the case. Dupuy ordered Schwab-Radcliffe disqualified not in open court but behind closed doors, according to the writ filed by attorney Keith Alexander Gross on behalf of Schwab-Radcliffe in the First Court of Appeals.
Schwab-Radcliffe filed a motion to remove Dupuy from presiding in the divorce case, and he held her in contempt of court. He also barred Schwab-Radcliffe from practicing as a family law attorney in his court.
The writ claims Dupuy had no hearing on the disqualifications and contempt matters.
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