|Suspended Toronto lawyer Joel A. Sumner, who threatened to shoot a California prosecutor in the head and exhorted two rival biker gangs to harm him has been disbarred. Sumner “embarked on a campaign of vigilante justice” against San Bernardino District Attorney John Kochis and solicited Hells Angels and Devils Diciples gang members to detain him, and if he resisted, to kill him.|
Sumner was disbarred in California in December 2014 after a lengthy vitriolic stream of threatening emails and communications. Sumner, 40, is facing criminal charges for uttering threats and harassment in Toronto and 27 charges in California.
|The dispute arose from domestic allegations involving Sumner and his roommate in 2007. Those charges were dismissed in early 2008 (in exchange for a $300 charitable donation to a shelter). Kochis only worked with Sumner and his lawyer on a declaration of Sumner’s factual innocence. |
Sumner became enraged over the charitable donation and for several years through the spring of 2016, sent bizarre e-mails and messages to Kochis and the Law Society prosecutor’s office.