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MN Attorney Suspended for Anti-Catholic Slurs

A couple years ago I wrote about an attorney in Minnesota named Rebekah Nett who had endeared herself in a bankruptcy case by filling a legal brief with bigoted slurs against the judge. Nett seems to have gone to the Larry Klayman school of legal writing, somehow believing that briefs should be filled with political invective and insults rather than legal arguments.

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.” …

In a letter to the judge dated Monday, Isaacson wrote that, “All the things that this Debtor has gone through are worse than the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and blood libels.” …

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.”

Isaacson was her client in the bankruptcy case and, like Nett, was apparently a member of some weird cult that hates Catholics. Well now the Minnesota Supreme Court has yanked Nett’s law license indefinitely for her behavior.

Rebekah Nett cannot petition for reinstatement to the practice of law for nine months, the court ruled in a unanimous decision, filed Wednesday. Justice David Stras took no part in the decision.

The director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility had argued that a minimum two-year suspension was more appropriate. A referee had recommended at least six months…

“We conclude that the nature of Nett’s misconduct warrants a serious disciplinary sanction,” the court wrote. “Nett repeatedly made frivolous and harassing personal attacks and discriminatory statements in 11 different pleadings in five distinct matters.”…

Some of the smear-filled filings came in bankruptcy cases of entities related to SIST, or the Dr. R.C. Samanta Ray Institute of Science and Technology, a religious group Nett was raised in.

Former members of SIST claim it is a cult.

Unfortunately, I doubt she’ll learn from this.

Comments

  1. sigurd jorsalfar says

    She definitely won’t learn from this. It will only serve to convince her that dirty Catholics are attacking her from all directions.

  2. Chiroptera says

    “We conclude that the nature of Nett’s misconduct warrants a serious disciplinary sanction,” the court wrote.

    Believing that this screed would fall within the bounds of professional conduct seems to me to warrant more a medical intervention rather than disciplinary sanctions. But those who know more about mental health issues can correct me.

  3. raven says

    and, like Nett, was apparently a member of some weird cult that hates Catholics….

    It’s always nice to see some of that old time religion. Sectarian hatred has been declining for a few decades but it still exists here and there.

    I would have guessed, WELS, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutherans, Michele Bachmann’s old cult. They are famous for their anti-Catholic bigotry and call the Pope the antichrist and the RCC the church of satan right on their web site.

  4. doublereed says

    If you look at the FBI Hate Crime Statistics (like the stats from 2011), you’ll find that Anti-Catholic hate crimes are the most common religiously based hate crimes after Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim.

  5. colnago80 says

    Re raven @ #6

    AKA the Lutheran Church Wisconsin Synod. They’re even more conservative and hidebound then their Missouri cousins.

  6. maddog1129 says

    @ Chiroptera # 3

    The purpose of professional “discipline” is not to punish offending lawyers, it is to protect the public from practitioners who cannot meet standards of competency. Medical intervention may indeed be warranted, but that is not within the state bar’s purview, usually. Compliance with a treatment regimen may sometimes be a condition of probation, when the disciplining body has evidence of the disorder and an appropriate course of treatment for it.

  7. timberwoof says

    How does this suspension compare with those handed out to various Attorneys General who were found to have committed malfeasance against defendants?

  8. sailor1031 says

    “…composed of a bunch of ignoramus”

    As an attorney she should know that the plural of the latin ‘ignoramus’ is not ‘ignoramus’ but ‘ignoramori’.

    As one of my heroes once said “what an ultramaroon”!

  9. John Pieret says

    Not just bigoted and stupid but stupid plus:

    Nett represented Yehud-Monosson USA Inc in its bankruptcy proceeding. The company owns gas stations and convenience stores in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Nett signed the documents in question, but says they were written by another attorney Naomi Isaacson, who is the president of Yehud-Monosson USA Inc.

    http://minnlawyer.com/minnlawyerblog/2012/08/16/petition-for-discpline-filed-against-rebekah-nett/

    Riiight! Her excuse was she signed official court documents without reading them? Or, if she read them, she didn’t know that she would be held liable for their contents?

    The check is in the mail, the dog ate my homework and I’m too stupid to be a lawyer …

  10. gopiballava says

    I wonder how she got through law school? Does she only write like that when she isn’t getting her way? Or did she just run out of self control? I’ve heard self control described as a consumable resource. She used up her lifetime supply getting her law degree.

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