Judge Takes Lawyer To Task Over Anti-Catholic Memo

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge in Minnesota is considering fining a lawyer and her client over a court filing with anti-Catholic statements.

The memo was signed by Hastings attorney Rebekah Nett and written by Naomi Isaacson, a Minneapolis woman who is president of Yehud-Monosson USA Inc., which owns gas stations and convenience stores. It’s a subsidiary of the Shawano, Wis., religious group called the Dr. R.C. Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology Inc. The institute is involved in a bankruptcy dispute before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Dreher earlier this week told Nett and Isaacson to explain why they shouldn’t be fined up to $10,000. Dreher set a hearing for Jan. 4.

Among other things, the November filing said the courts were “composed of a bunch of ignoramus, bigoted Catholic beasts that carry the sword of the church” and called the judge a “Catholic Knight Witch Hunter.”

Dreher told Nett and Isaacson that she plans to order them to write public apologies for the filing.

The judge pointed to 10 passages with religious slurs, conspiracy claims or other comments against Dreher and others. Dreher told Nett and Isaacson they could face sanctions of up to $1,000 for each passage.

Nett did not immediately return a call seeking comment left at her office Friday night.

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  • Tom

    Sounds like the Judge is catholic and can’t handle the truth!

    • Phid

      Sounds like you have fallen for the conspiracy theory yourself. I might add that this conspiracy theory is out of left field.

    • See BS

      Liberals like to pretend the Catholic Church is worse than DFL Public Schools.

      At least Catholics don’t send a Union thug to your home for not sending them to Catholic School.

      • Dale Gribble

        I’d say it’s just about a tie. Neither are Christian, though the Catholics might not hate America as much as the UN controlled DFL.

      • Exp

        I don’t hate Catholics, but there’s a lot of hypocrisy there. Thugs? Really? How about the Crusades? Or the Inquisition? or the practice of “Indulgences” where you could buy forgiveness from the church and is what caused the Protestant reformation? My mother, in catholic school, were abused by nuns who repeatedly smacked her knuckles with rulers when she wrote with her dominant left hand, because they believed it was a sign of Evil. More recently we have Child molesters amongst the ranks of flock leaders… They don’t need a DFL thugs to come to the door, they make themselves look plenty bad on their own.

        • See BS

          Sex abuse is more common in DFL run public schools than the Catholic Church in the State of Minnesota history.

    • me

      Sounds to me like the judge wants them to act like rational people and learn how they’re expected to behave in a court.

  • Jerry K

    I guess the courts operate outside of our designated free speech zones. Bad idea to use such language in a court filing? Yes. Fine them for it? Nope.

    • Phid

      The things one is permitted to say in court proceedings are different than one is permitted to say out on the street. I wonder what your opinion would be had the memo been against a racial minority and included a bunch of racial slurs. I have no problem with the imposition of a fine here.

    • djp

      I think it is called comtempt of court.

  • TL the alligator

    the JUDGE is the one who should be sanctioned or BETTER YET…REMOVED FROM THE BENCH PERMANENTLY.

    • Phid

      For what reason? For ensuring that demeaning language and conspiracy theories stay out of the court?

    • kate

      Removed because they want them to stick to the topic and make bizzare accusations and statements? So it would be ok if the people were all paranoid about the Lutherans, Mormans, Jews, etc. also and were stuffing this nonsense into court filings?

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  • Rags

    The Romanist judge needs to recuse herself from this case.

    • kate

      Why are you assuming the judge is Catholic?
      So you think the judge shouldn’t make them stay on topic and behave in an appropriate manner in court? They can have their wingnut theories, but don’t dump them on the court. If the judge hadn’t tried to get them to behave themselves you would have complained that the judge was biased.

  • Michael Clark

    Anther fine example of a sleazeball attorney hard at work…NOT

  • Swamp Rat

    Attention: Thread Commenters
    How come a bankruptcy case has to have derogatory religious slurs in the paperwork? The answer is it doesn’t and these comments are discriminatory and contemptuous of the court and the legal process. Would you stand for such remarks if you were the presiding judge? Also, when you look at the bankruptcy petitioners they [maybe?] represent a cult-like{?} organization in there own right. Their philosophies have no place in the proceedings of the bankruptcy court. Think about it!

    Also, look at some of the remarks thus far on this thread. Have some of you read or viewed the story before you made ludicrous statements? Think about that, too!

  • Kevie poo

    Are any of these people Gay?

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