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Minn. Supreme Court suspends lawyer for slurs

  • Associated Press
  • November 27, 2013 - 2:42 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the license of an attorney who made anti-Catholic slurs against judges and others in legal filings.

The state high court indefinitely suspended Hastings attorney Rebekah Nett, who can petition for reinstatement after nine months.

Nett has frequently represented a Wisconsin religious group, the Dr. R.C. Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology Inc., and related commercial entities.

In 2011, Nett filed documents in a bankruptcy proceeding in which she called U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher a "Catholic Knight Witch Hunter" and a "black-robed bigot." Dreher has since died. Nett also suggested a Vatican conspiracy to destroy her clients.

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

The ruling also said Nett "continued to make false statements about members of the judiciary and others after being sanctioned for the same conduct."

Current contact information for Nett could not be found. Her attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Ex-members have described the Wisconsin group as a cult. Nett has previously been sanctioned by state and federal courts in Wisconsin.

The 9-month suspension is shorter than the two-year suspension that was sought by the director of Minnesota's Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, but more than the six months suggested by a special referee in the case.

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