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Lawyer called judge “Catholic Knight Witch Hunter" and "black-robed bigot"

Petition for discpline filed against Rebekah Nett

You remember Hastings attorney Rebekah Nett, right?

She got in some trouble a while back.

In a bankruptcy proceeding last winter Nett referred to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher as a “the Catholic Judge” a “black-robed bigot” and a “Catholic Knight Witch Hunter.” She also referred to the bankruptcy case a “Jesuitess” and another trustee a “priest’s boy.”

She also disparaged the “dirty Catholics” in the court who she said were prejudicial to her client.

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.

Each were fined $5,000 by Dreher for the statements and also ordered to undergo ethics classes. Dreher also sent the matter to Michael Davis, the chief U.S. district judge for Minnesota, for a decision on whether they should face removal from the roster of attorneys allowed to practice before federal courts in the state.

And today, the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a 25 page petition for discipline. The first and only count in the petition is “Pattern of bad faith litigation and reckless and harassing statements.” The petition details Nett’s prejudicial statements in Minnesota and Wisconsin courts that contained other questionable language like :

“Sending this debtor back to Minnesota is like sending the Jews back to Germany during the Holocaust.”

That was in response to a trustee’s motion to transfer the case. Nett and Isaacson did not think they could get a fair trial in Minnesota.

The petition filed by the OLPR makes no recommendation for discipline. Nett has 20 days to respond to the petition and the Minnesota Supreme Court will make a final decision.

A copy of the petition is here.

 

2 comments

  1. Wow. That petition is like a study in the mental health of the two lawyers. It makes you wonder how they got to that point. Very strange that a business bankruptcy would make them use such venom against everyone else who touched the file.

  2. This is a bizarre story. Clearly mental illness is involved.

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