Catholic group files complaints over lawyer's comments: Hearing scheduled for January 4

The Shawano Leader, Wisconsin/December 14, 2011

A Catholic advocacy organization said Monday it has lodged complaints in Wisconsin and Minnesota over anti-Catholic slurs filed in the Minnesota bankruptcy case of a subsidiary of the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology.

The Pioneer Press in St. Paul is reporting that the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has asked the boards that govern lawyers' conduct in the two states to take action against Rebekah M. Nett for filing a motion that called a federal judge "a Catholic Knight Witch Hunter," called a representative of the U.S. Trustee's office "a priest's boy," referred to "dirty Catholics" and said "Catholic deeds throughout the history have been bloody and murderous."

"Across the country the court systems and particularly the Bankruptcy Court in Minnesota are composed of a bunch of ignoramus, bigoted Catholic beasts that carry the sword of the church," Nett's November 25 motion said.

The league filed complaints with the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility and the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation.

The motion at issue came in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case of Yehud-Monosson USA Inc., which until recently owned and ran gas stations/convenience stores in Minnesota.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher has set a hearing for January 4 and ordered Nett and Yehud-Monosson's president, Naomi Isaacson, to explain why they should not be fined up to $10,000 each for "unsupported and outrageous allegations of bigotry, deceit, conspiracy, and scandalous statements."

Dreher also has issued a contempt order, demanding Isaacson turn certain documents over to the bankruptcy trustee by December 16 or face being picked up by U.S. Marshals.

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