Lawyer suspended for religious slurs


The Pioneer Press reports that the state Supreme Court suspended a Hastings-based attorney for making discriminatory statements and personally harassing attacks in written court documents.

The court ruled unanimously that Rebekah Nett cannot apply for reinstatement for at least nine months. She had previously been sanctioned in Wisconsin and federal court.

"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."

In court filings, Nett called Minnesota court officials "Catholic Knight Witch Hunter," "priest's boy," and "dirty Catholics."

The Associated Press says Nett has suggested a Vatican conspiracy is detroying her clients. In bankruptcy hearings, she has represented the Wisconsin religious group in which she was raised; the Dr. R.C. Samanta Roy Institute of Technology.

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