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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