A few days ago I received a reply from the Board of Disciplinary Appeals.
The Supreme Court of Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals met on June 14, 2007, to consider the appeal of [echi] v. [the bad lawyer]. After reviewing the original complaint filed by [echi], the Board has determined that the Complainant's appeal should not be granted and affirms the dismissal by the State Bar of Texas Chief Disciplinary Counsel's Office.
It seems the "appeals process" is just for show. The website lists a Grievance Hotline number. I guess I'll call that and see if they can give a decent explanation.
The rules clearly require a lawyer to promptly return your property upon your request.
You made a request and unethical lawyer refused to return your property.
You made a complaint to disciplinary authorities and you stated facts that clearly, if proven, establish a violation of the rules . . . .
and yet, disciplinary authorities claim that you failed to state facts that constitute a violation.