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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS: Richard Acevedo appeals the judgment disbarring him from the practice of law. HOLDING: Affirmed. While a disciplinary proceeding is civil in nature, State Bar of Texas v. Evans, 774 S.W.2d 656 (Tex. 1989), it is not an ordinary proceeding. Unlike an ordinary proceeding, a disciplinary proceeding is not filed in a trial court but in the Texas Supreme Court; it is not filed by either the state or a private litigant but by the Commission for Lawyer Discipline, “a permanent committee of the State Bar of Texas,” Texas Rule of Disciplinary Procedure 1.06(C), which is itself an administrative agency under the administrative control of the Supreme Court of Texas, State Bar Act, Tex. Gov’t Code Ann. �81.011(a); and it is not filed to redress a private wrong or a violation of the penal code but to hold a lawyer accountable for professional misconduct. The court assumes for purposes of this decision that the geographical constraints imposed by Texas Constitution article V, �7 and Texas Government Code �74.094(e) are jurisdictional in ordinary proceedings. However, because the defining characteristics of a disciplinary proceeding are so unlike those of ordinary civil and criminal proceedings, and particularly because original jurisdiction over a disciplinary proceeding is lodged in the Supreme Court of Texas, the court holds that the geographical constraints imposed by article V, �7 of the Texas Constitution and �74.094(e) of the Texas Government Code do not apply in a disciplinary proceeding. The court finds that Acevedo’s remaining complaints are without merit. OPINION: Duncan, J.; L�pez, Duncan and Marion, JJ.

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