A bankruptcy case in Minneapolis has produced some unexpected fireworks after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher ordered the arrest of an attorney who filed a bizarre litany of anti-Catholic remarks in a filing. Dreher ordered the arrest of lawyer Naomi Isaacson (left), who is president of a group known as the Dr. R.C. Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology Inc.
The group has previously stirred up controversy over what is described as cult-like activities. A site that appears tied to the group explains:
The Samanta Roy Institute of Science & Technology was founded and is headed by Dr. R. C. Samanta Roy, a naturalized American citizen originally from India. The goal of this non-profit organization is to establish a world-class educational institute in the Shawano [Wisconsin] area.
Isaacson is also president of a subsidiary called Yehud-Monosson USA Inc., which owns gasoline stations and convenience stores. It was seeking Chapter 11 status to reorganize. That was changed to a Chapter 7 proceeding after a finding that Yehud-Monosson had acted in bad faith — permitting a trustee to liquidate assets to pay creditors (the ultimate fulfillment of this group’s sense of persecution and conspiracy).
The papers in the case included such observations as the courts being “composed of a bunch of ignoramus, bigoted Catholic beasts that carry the sword of the church.” Dreher is called a “Catholic Knight Witch Hunter” carrying out the orders of the Vatican.
Netts has indicated that the words are Isaacson’s and that she felt “caught in the crosshairs” between ethics requirements and her client’s demands: “I was trying to approach the broader picture for this client.” She insists that she tried to find a lawyer to replace her, but “no one will touch the case.” That is not a very persuasive argument. No lawyer is required to be the mindless mouthpiece of a client. I have severed representation of clients, including a lawyer, who was acting in a fashion disrespectful to the court or to counsel. Notably, Nett, 36, was raised in the group and says that she became a lawyer because Cohen told her Jesus sent him in a vision telling her to go to law school.
Both women were fined $5000 and the arrest warrant was issued when Isaacson did not appear in court. The judge dropped her earlier demand for letters of apology because she found the women “unrepentant.”
The papers suggested that the case was part of a Catholic conspiracy and that court officials were a collection of “dirty Catholics” bent on their destruction.
Another related site, citing Issacson, proclaims “Catholism is NOT a religion but a business.” The website publishes the response of Isaacson to the Court. Here (Isaacson Response) which includes the following statement:
With respect to the reference to Nancy Dreher, the Catholic judge, that statement is indeed true and accurate. In referring to Nancy Dreher as being a “Catholic judge”, it is not referring to being a member of the Roman Catholic Church. It is referring to a mentality and an adherence to a universal creed of White Supremacy. “Catholic” also refers to membership in the universal Christian faith. All Christians have a creed: a belief in the father, son, and holy ghost. They believe that no one has rights to “heaven” except through their dirty book. They hold the patent to “god” and can go to every nation on earth to force their vomit down everyone’s throat. Nancy Dreher cleverly asserts that she is not “Catholic” in the sense that she claims not to be a member of the Roman Catholic Church, but she cannot deny her “catholic” mentality or catholic Christian origin which dictates a person’s entire life. Only “White Christians” have a right to life, and whether or not any minority has any rights is in the White Christians’ sole discretion. Even now, even though Nancy Dreher was clearly wrong in holding a secret hearing, she still stubbornly asserts she is right. That is the catholic mentality of a Christian. Nancy Dreher certainly is not Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, or Bhuddist [sic]. Nor is she an atheist. If she were an atheist, at least one could expect to see some justice.
Nancy Dreher’s actions speak louder than words as to who she is, what she is, and what she represents.
Thus, every single word in the aforementioned statement is true. No cause for sanction
In addition to $500 for each infraction, Nett was ordered to take 10 hours of classes in legal ethics over the next year.
Just to make this bizarre picture complete. The judge is not Catholic and, while noting that Isaacson “has absolutely no clue what my religious beliefs are, if any, and it is nobody’s business,” Dreher stated in a footnote that she was “not of any particular faith.”
This is the not first such religiously infused attack on a judge. Convicted church leader Warren Jeffs filed a renewed motion to force the judge to recuse herself. This time, however, the demand came reportedly came from God himself. State District Judge Barbara Walther was told that she should “step away from this abuse of power against a religious and pure faith in the Lord.”