CFN – In an unusual twist Dr. Sheridan (Sherry) Diaz suggested that her trial was more about Gay Marriage and spousal rights than Elder Abuse.
Dr. Diaz looked a bit like the Black Dahlia, dressed in black and forcefully tapping her finger on the table at documents for her lawyer James Harbic who himself savaged Dr. Anna Blinkina.
The demure and petite Doctor Blinkina was visibly shaken during a recess near lunchtime where she was comforted by other media.
Mr. Harbic hammered at the Doctor about a complaint filed against Dr. Blinkina by a patient being treated by Dr. Blinkina that filed a complaint, a complaint signed by Dr. Diaz. This scribbler is not sure if that was done to perhaps disqualify Dr. Blinkina; but for a city with one hospital it would not be unusual to have one doctor cover a lot of ground.
What is clear is that this is not your usual trial about the welfare of a senior. The trial is in its third day and I’m wondering if three media outlets would be sitting and freezing in the courtroom if one of the parties wasn’t related to Canadian Pop Star Corey Hart who liked to wear sunglasses at night.
It has all the ingredients of a movie of the week. Dr. Diaz and Patient X were a long time couple allegedly meeting while Dr. Diaz was doing med school in Montreal.
How they ended up in Texas, and then in Cornwall Ontario still is a mystery as there are different versions of the story from family members, friends, and what little Dr. Diaz has shared.
After getting Patient X (there is a court order initiated by Dr. Diaz’ lawyer to block the name of the alleged victim) released from the Lakeshore Hospital just outside of Montreal; complaints from neighbors drew police which resulted in Patient X ending up at Cornwall Community Hospital for nearly a month.
The most bizarre twist Wednesday was the Crown showing that Patient X did not have HIV or Aids as was claimed by Mr. Harbic. References to a 250 page report with full notes were mind boggling. Could you imagine if all patients required such a log? No wonder it takes so long to see a doctor in hospitals!
The trial enters its fourth day today.
Family members for Patient X were present. Whether this case is about a woman bravely fighting to stay with her beloved as her days start to dim with the impact of Dementia and old age or as family members allege “all about money” remains to be seen.
Sometimes a court room can’t determine the truth; but for Dr. Sherry Diaz her reputation and future are on the line, and for Cornwall Ontario we have one more Doctor at least for awhile.
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