Judge May Issue Sanctions for Slurs

In a rare display, an attorney filed papers with the US Bankruptcy Court which were filled with slurs against the Roman Catholic Church.

“A fed-up bankruptcy judge Wednesday ordered a Hastings attorney and her client to show cause why each shouldn’t be fined up to $10,000 for calling the jurist a ‘Catholic Knight Witch Hunter’ – as well as other names – in a court filing.

In a pair of sternly worded orders, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher said a legal memorandum filed last month by attorney Rebekah Nett was filled with ‘unsupported and outrageous allegations of bigotry, deceit, conspiracy and scandalous statements.’

Among other things, the attorney’s memo called Dreher, another judge and a couple of trustees “dirty Catholics” and said the courts were ‘composed of a bunch of ignoramus, bigoted Catholic beasts that carry the sword of the church.’

Nett had signed the document, but it was written by Naomi Isaacson, a Minneapolis woman who is president of Yehud-Monosson USA Inc., which owned gas stations and convenience stores. It is a subsidiary of a religious group known as the Dr. R.C. Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology Inc., or SIST, in Shawano, Wis., and is embroiled in a bankruptcy dispute in Dreher’s court.

Nett accused the judge of religious discrimination and claimed his treatment of her client was akin to the Nazis’ treatment of Jews.

In sanctioning Nett, Griesbach said her accusations were “an affront to the dignity of the legal profession and intended to undermine the respect and confidence essential to the proper functioning of this Court…. In her show-cause orders for Nett and Isaacson, Dreher also expressed concern about the language in the women’s filing.

In particular, she quoted 10 passages from the memorandum that contained religious slurs, allegations of conspiracy or other diatribes against Dreher, fellow U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis O’Brien, bankruptcy trustee Nauni Manty and U.S. Trustee Colin Kreuziger.

Nett and Isaacson called Dreher a “black-robed bigot.” They complained that Manty was ‘a Jesuitess’ with a ‘track record of lies, deceit, treachery and connivery.’

‘Since Debtor has been vocal in exposing their dirty deeds, these dirty Catholics have conspired together to hurt Debtor,’ Nett and Isaacson wrote. ”

Here is a link: http://www.twincities.com/ci_19491382

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