The ABA Journal reports that:
A Minnesota lawyer is facing a possible sanction after she signed a legal memorandum written by her client calling a bankruptcy judge a "Catholic Knight Witch Hunter.”
The document signed by lawyer Rebekah Nett said the courts were "composed of a bunch of ignoramus, bigoted Catholic beasts that carry the sword of the church,” the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Nancy Dreher has issued an order to show cause why Nett and her client, Naomi Isaacson, shouldn’t each be fined $10,000.
I'm no First Amendment expert, but I can't help wondering why judges justify carving out an exception for themselves when the rest of us have to put up with offensive speech directed our way all the time (you should see of my student evaluations, for example). Perhaps my friend and colleague Eugene Volokh can explain it.