The irony of this story is that no nominal Catholic can sustain a career in the legal profession today without maintaining a sufficiently high degree of philojudaism. The ‘staunch traditionalist Catholic’ Antonin Scalia who regularly speaks at conferences on Talmudic law is a major case in point.
Given the very conspicuous names, I’m going to go ahead and say what the Wall St. Journal did not say, this is a case of Judaic anti-Catholic bigotry.
‘Catholic Knight Witch Hunter’? Judge Weighs Response to Epithet
Joe Palazzolo – Wall St. Journal Law Blog
Dec. 8, 2011A federal bankruptcy judge in Minnesota wants to know why she shouldn’t fine a debtor and counsel up to $10,000 each for calling her, among other things, “a Catholic Knight Witch Hunter.”
This name-calling came in a motion to vacate, of all things, a continuance order by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher. Attorney Rebekah Nett and her client Naomi Isaacson, a Minneapolis woman who is president of Yehud-Monosson USA, which owned gas stations and convenience stores, also targeted another bankruptcy judge, the bankruptcy trustee and the U.S. trustee. Isaacson, a lawyer herself, and Nett both signed the pleading.
Dreher, in her order to show cause, highlighted a few excerpts that she found particularly offensive. Like this one:
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. Judge Dennis O’Brien is a Jesuit, Judge Nancy Dreher is a Catholic Knight Witch Hunter, U.S. Trustee Colin Kreuziger is a priest’s boy, and the infamous Chapter 7 Trustee Nauni Manty is a Jesuitess.
And this one:
Given what these dirty Catholics are capable of and particularly since there is no law to protect the minority, Debtor is concerned about what their secret plans are for the December 6, 2011 hearing. Catholic deeds throughout the history have been bloody and murderous.
Reached by phone, Nett told Law Blog, ”I can’t talk to you right now” and hung up. Dreher said in her order possible sanctions, in addition to a fine, could include requiring Nett to attend at least 30 hours of ethics training at her own expense.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press and the ABA Journal have more here and here. Dreher’s Dec. 7 order to show cause is embedded below.