Attorneys – Here is How Not to Please the Court

A judge ordered the arrest of a Minnesota attorney with a small Wisconsin-based religious group who repeatedly made anti-Catholic slurs in court filings and failed to show up for a Wednesday hearing on whether she should be sanctioned for her statements.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher held Naomi Isaacson in contempt for her absence. Isaacson was already in contempt for failing to turn over documents in a long-running bankruptcy case involving a subsidiary of the Shawano, Wis.-based group, the Dr. R.C. Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology. Dreher said Isaacson will remain jailed until she produces the documents or gets someone else to do it.

The judge also ordered Isaacson and another attorney, Rebekah Nett, to pay $5,000 apiece in penalties.

Dreher had ordered them to appear Wednesday to show cause why she should not sanction them for a memo they filed in November that the judge said was “replete with unsupported and outrageous allegations of bigotry, deceit, conspiracy and scandalous statements against this court … and bankruptcy courts in general.”

Judge orders Minnesota attorney arrested for anti-Catholic slurs