John Summers, Bell Baker, Makes Cries of Woman Go Unanswered - A Lack of Moral Conscience
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The case of Horace C. is far from a simple case of domestic abuse. Instead, mystery shrouds a series of key details in this case, leaving more questions asked than answered, as a son races the clock to fight for his mother’s life.
According to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, physically disabled individuals are to receive equitable treatment from others so that they may live a full life without fear of injury or discrimination from others. And yet, multiple Ottawa judges have refused to properly acknowledge this matter, denying Ms Dezrin Carby-Samuels. the help she so desperately needs - and that, under the law, they are obligated to give her. This case calls into question the entire Canadian justice system, drawing a specific focus to a court’s ability to right a clear wrong and protect the defenceless.
And what about immoral activity from legal counsel? That is the crux of this case.
When domestic abuse and violence occur, is it not the sworn promise of officers of the court to report, try, and sentence wrongdoers? Sadly, that is not what has happened here.
Horace, an imposing male at 6’4”, has been accused of spousal neglect and abuse against his 5’0” wife since 2013. Health records support this argument, detailing a sharp decline in Dezrin’s health when Horace refused to permit her access to their son.
To muddy things further, the biggest opposition comes not from Horace himself, but instead his counsel. It begs the question: if Horace is innocent of any wrongdoing and is indeed supportive of his wife, why is his counsel working so hard to hide facts from public record? It just doesn’t compute.
This entire issue stems from Horace’s alleged lead counsel, John Summers of Bell Baker Law Firm based in Ottawa, Canada. On the morning of 24 March 2017, Ontario Superior Court Justice Macloed repeatedly questioned Summers to ensure the safety of Ms. Carby-Samuels, specifically instructing Summers to answer whether Ms. Carby-Samuels was “being held prisoner” in her own home. No such confirmation was ever given. And what about when Justice Macloed demanded that Summers personally ensure both Mr. Carby-Samuels’ safety and her wishes for her care? It never happened. Throughout the entire over 500-day investigation, opposing counsel has not been able to provide a single indication to confirm this disadvantaged woman’s well-being.
When Ms. Carby-Samuels reached out to her own son, Raymond, for help, Summers attacked. He orchestrated a smear campaign to show Raymond as an unstable individual suffering from “mental illness.” Raymond’s visitation rights were revoked, all access to his mother now terminated. But Summers didn’t stop there; he supplied a disinformation affidavit, falsely claiming Raymond had been barred from the Ottawa ambulance service in the past.
Yet on 11 February 2016, Raymond was awarded a Default Judgement by Justice Smith awarded Raymond a Default Judgement. Horace never filed a counter, so, Raymond, accompanied by Ottawa police, proceeded to Horace’s resident to attempt to serve him with his notice. Horace refused to acknowledge the presence of his son, nor the police who had escorted him. All individuals on-scene, with access to the residence denied, failed to confirm the welfare of Mrs. Carby-Samuels.
Shortly after, Mr. Summers arrived on the scene, working steadily to prevent continued access and interaction between mother and son. Summers was able to quickly and efficiently overturn Justice Smith’s judgement, then lead Horace in a defence filing. These are no small feats, and with all those hours logged, where is the bill going? Or better yet, whose account is on that check? Summers has a published rate of $325 for each hour; with the amount of research and paperwork involved with this case, it is impossible to think that Horace, a man forced into early retirement by the Canadian government, would be able to finance such mounting legal bills on a meager retirement salary.
In fact, Horace is no stranger to the court system, as he attempted to sue the government over lost wages but quickly ran out of funds to pay even the low rates of the novice lawyer gifted to him. Summers is an accomplished attorney who is, quite frankly, well out of Horace’s financial capabilities. So how is Horace paying these bills?
Enter a mysterious third party who sources speculate is the financial backer in Horace’s case, paying the retiree’s mounting legal bills for well over two years. But who is this elusive financier? He or she has taken extreme measures to conceal their actual identity. Regardless of whoever it may be, it is clear from Summers’ behaviour in court that the financier is controlling the situation, with Horace little more than a convenient pawn. But why would someone foot the bill? What individual would be so invested in protecting Horace’s – and Summers’ - interests? What person, of sound mind and conscience, would willingly lend their financial aid to continue the abuse of a defenseless, ailing woman? Where is common decency and empathy? And should all that fail, what about our established legal system? If Horace is allowed to continue his alleged criminally negligent behaviour, it is an insult to the very principles that keep this country in place.
But with one party’s identity concealed, the focus again turns back to Summers. Many of his behaviours throughout the case have prompted speculation, particularly his unwillingness to name his benefactor, and based on his checkered past, it appears he is one that demands extreme caution. In the past, a person familiar with the case reports, Summers was accused of forgery when his executed court documents were proven to be forged by separate handwriting experts. It fails to inspire confidence, especially in a case like this where the stakes are so high.
Based on these details, it’s incredibly difficult to have faith in the elusive lawyer who conducts his business from behind a shadowy veil. He offers very little transparency, leaving only confusion and frustration in his wake. But this isn’t some silly dispute. No, a woman’s life hangs in the balance here, and every moment she remains trapped in a harmful environment brings her son just one step closer to losing her forever.
We attempted to reach both Mr. Summers (whose out-of-office replied he is on travel) and his secretary, Ms. Georette Cleroux. Neither party responded to multiple inquiries seeking to confirm their involvement and obtain an explanation of the high number of irregularities in this case. To date, neither party has responded.
With the courts unwilling to intervene, a desperate and grieving son is on his own to fight this incredible injustice. He has gained the support of many like-minded citizens who recognize the importance of this case and are willing to lend to their financial support not only to support a vulnerable woman, but to also avoid the setting of such a dangerous precedent. Time is of the essence, as Ms. Carby-Samuels is now bedridden and, left without the ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, cannot even cry out for the help she so desperately needs.
It has been two long years since a mother has seen her son – and worst of all, this is the time she so desperately needs him. Horace may be playing hardball, and he may have financial backing, but he does NOT have the law on his side, and neither does he have the people. Eventually justice will be won, but we need you to contact our court system and let them know that we, as human beings, will NOT stand for willful neglect and abuse.
Please join us in taking a stand against this cruel injustice and farce of our basic rights. Our disabled citizens especially need our help, and they need it now, before future generations are subjected to the same emotional and physical torture that Mrs. Carby-Samuels has been forced to endure.
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