LaFave said Nessel "broke court rules and committed an ethics violation" by publicly releasing a sealed record of the complaint against Talbot, especially since the complaint was dismissed.
Social media statements
The Lansing State Journal wrote an article in March with the headline "Retired judge with ties to [former Michigan Governor John] Engler, Catholic Church will help [Michigan State University] set new Title IX policy."
A Twitter user had tweeted the link to the article, quipping that "MSU can't mess this up any worse than they already have" but going on to imply that by hiring a Catholic judge, they had made the situation worse. Nessel retweeted the user's comments, adding: "What [she] said."
LaFave said he sees Nessel's endorsement of the user's comments as evidence of anti-Catholic sentiment against Talbot.
"By extension, and to cut through all the middle stuff, she was saying that because he's a Catholic, he's not qualified or is disqualified to do his job of crafting Title IX rules at Michigan State University because of his ties to Catholicism," LaFave explained.
Nessel took to Twitter to respond, saying her statements against Talbot have to do with his qualifications and handling of previous cases, not his religion.
"Judge Talbot repeatedly demonstrated he is not fit to evaluate Title IX claims. His representation of the Saginaw Diocese was a playbook on how NOT to handle sexual assault cases," she wrote.
LaFave isn't buying it.
"How in the world is the former chief judge of the court of appeals for 20 years not qualified to make Title IX due process rules in administrative proceedings at a university?" LaFave said.
"That is patently, on its face, false. And a bunch of nonsense."
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LaFave issued a statement earlier this month asking Nessel to apologize for her comments.
"Believing that a distinguished judge cannot do his job because of his religion is delusional. The judge's faith has nothing to do with his role in crafting rules protecting students' rights during university proceedings," LaFave wrote April 1.
"First she tells the press that Catholics shouldn't pray to their rosaries because they don't do anything, and now she quips that a judge cannot do his job because he is Catholic. What now has become clear is that there is a disgusting pattern of anti-Catholic discrimination emerging from our attorney general," he said.
An op-ed published this week in the Detroit News pointed out that in 2015, Nessel seemed to refer to Catholic adoption agencies and their supporters as "hate mongers."
Nessel responded to the op-ed on her Twitter page, saying that her 2015 reference to "hate mongers" was "directed at those who believe discrimination against LGBTQ people in adoption using public tax dollars is ethical," which she said does not apply to "the vast majority of Catholics."
"Saying that one who believes Talbot has no business handling MSU's Title IX issues makes them anti-Catholic is akin to saying that one who believes Stephen Miller should not be dictating immigration policies is anti-Semitic. It's utter nonsense," she wrote.