Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen and Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol Discuss Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Removal

 

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Sean Hannity, Dr. Leon Koziol and Dr. Ari Braverman during the summer campaign of Donald Trump for President in Manhattan

During the summer of 2016, at the height of Donald Trump’s nomination process for president, Civil Rights Advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen engaged in phone conversations regarding a motion to remove Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from a case then pending before the Supreme Court. It was based on her breach of judicial ethics in news interviews conducted from chambers against Trump’s candidacy.  Did the FBI monitor those developments and disclosures here at Leon Koziol.com? Details on this site and case entitled, Leon R. Koziol v United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, U.S. Supreme Court Docket No. 15-1519 (2016)

Court Corruption is Promoting Lawlessness and Violence

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Never in modern times has a justice system exploited children more than it is today for profit

By Dr. Leon Koziol, Director

Parenting Rights Institute

It’s bound to happen. Some day soon, a falsely accused, financially abused or wrongfully incarcerated parent is going to unleash on some judge, law office or family member to bring overdue attention to an ever growing level of corruption in our nation’s divorce and family courts. Until the perpetrators of greed and back room deals are made to feel like the victims they create, this corruption and its suppression from public knowledge will continue unabated.

The signs of it are everywhere: a police investigator in Utica, New York committed a murder-suicide after exiting support court leaving four children without parents. In one news report, the local district attorney remarked that he had been dealing with that officer on the morning of his killing in a routine way. He even described him as unusually jovial, nothing that could offer any sign of pending disaster.

Years later, the best they could do to prevent such horrific violence is to start a fundraiser against domestic violence. Of course, that will change nothing. Indeed violence is on the rise in countless ways, most of it suppressed from public knowledge because the preventers are focused on the leaves and branches as opposed to the root of this crisis.

That root is court corruption fueled by greed, politics and lawyer-induced conflict for profit. And this corruption is rampant not only because of protected misconduct but also a giant structural flaw in the court process. We have an antiquated child custody system in the vast majority of states which causes parents to fight needlessly over their children. Shared parenting is opposed by the bar associations, drug companies and other special interests because it is not lucrative and would result in a virtual elimination of federal Title IV-D funding to the states.

And so the carnage continues in the form of violence not only among the court combatants but also among children and fatherless teens who have little or no moral fiber. They’re now shooting up our schools while outraged victims again focus on the wrong cause in the way of repealing our Second Amendment right to bear arms. We have a society degenerating to a barbaric form like we have never seen before. More than ever in modern times, we the victims must therefore protect ourselves even from our own government. That was the primary reason for this Amendment.

When Thomas Ball burned himself alive in front of a Keene County, New Hampshire courthouse, he was protesting father discrimination and CPS abuses. He even left behind a manifesto on how to incite a revolution through the use of such easy-to-make weapons as a Molotov cocktail to throw into court buildings and government offices. In the case of police investigator, Joseph Longo, it was much easier. After they confiscated his weapons, issued all the usual protection orders and finished off his career reputation, Joe simply resorted to a common kitchen knife, and it cost the City of Utica $2 million in wrongful death recovery for the children.

Seriously? What else did they think the city could have done to prevent this travesty? Or is this just the latest form of child support? You might think so after another police officer killed a parent but in a more shocking way. An unarmed African-American dad fleeing a child support warrant at a traffic stop in South Carolina was shot dead in the back five times by a white cop. It was not racist as much as it was father abuse because the murderer’s black partner who came upon the scene moments later simply cuffed the dying dad without performing any CPR. It was all captured on a by-stander i-phone in 2015. The children of that victim, Walter Scott, recovered $6 million from the City of North Charleston.

Still the carnage escalates along with corruption. Our Census Bureau continues to report that nearly 85% of all parents paying child support are men. One out of every five people on countless warrant lists are child support debtors. Nearly all are fathers. Twenty-two veterans are committing suicide each day, a vast number of which are influenced by divorce and family judges. If those were employment statistics for women, they would be rioting all over America.

So why has no politician or news organization declared the blatantly obvious War on Fathers? The result of society’s inaction and father persecution is violence on an ever hideous scale. Many would call it self-defense to an oppressive government operation. Debtor prisons? Custody “wars?” Lawyer induced perjury and false accusations? In my two decades as a trial attorney and another one as a victimized dad, I have reported bribery, overlooked misconduct and caused the removal of nearly 40 trial jurists from my originally uncontested twelve year divorce, a judicial record by most accounts. Yet not one court has made mention of this in its decisions.

Perjuring mothers suffer little or no consequences despite the clear crimes being committed while “dead beat dads” are being locked up for non-criminal money debts for six months, and as much as seven years under federal non-payment laws. These are longer than countless sentences given to violent felons. How much more can a discriminated class of parents sustain before it acts out? In the case of Investigator Longo, I described his reaction as a product of a dysfunctional, senseless and abusive child control system. When he could obtain no fair ruling from our courts, he took the so-called “law” into his own hands and issued his own ruling of sorts. It was a final one with no right of appeal.

Crucial Note:  This site, Leon Koziol.com, has had a family court gag order imposed on it, later removed when the judge was sued in New York Supreme Court. It has also been monitored and exploited to harm the author and his vital message. Therefore it is important for the sake of parents, families and children everywhere that you help us share this post and donate to our cause. You can call us at our office at (315) 380-3420 or Dr. Koziol personally at (315) 796-4000.

 

Pro-Trump Civil Rights Advocate Censored by Facebook, Courts and Media

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Sean Hannity, Dr. Leon Koziol and Dr. Ari Braverman in Manhattan

Parenting Rights Institute

First it was a judge, then the courts, followed by mainstream media, and now Facebook is joining the gang of liberals persecuting a once prominent civil rights attorney in New York.

It all began in 2008 when Dr. Leon Koziol set out to expose corruption in divorce and family courts in an effort to replace antiquated custody and support laws with progressive shared parenting. The retributions achieved epic proportion after he supported Donald Trump BEFORE election day, going so far as to file a 2016 motion for disqualification of Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg due to her anti-Trump political interviews from Supreme Court chambers.

Dr. Leon Koziol employs the alternative “Juris Doctor” for his professional name because an Albany, New York appeals court prohibited him from using the term “attorney” in a six month suspension order. Such a prohibition conveniently removes the credibility of his corruption reports and reform message. The license suspension was long completed in 2013, and it was caused by a secretary influenced to create ethics issues in Dr. Koziol’s law office. That secretary was eventually convicted of felonies committed on later victims.

2013 was also the year that Dr. Koziol testified regarding widespread judge and lawyer misconduct before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption at Pace University. It was the same year that ethics lawyers appointed by the same court announced to a panel of justices in closed proceedings that they would oppose returning Koziol to his civil rights practice so long as his public criticisms continued. It was a year when custody judge, Bryan Hedges, disqualified by Koziol motion in 2011, was permanently removed from the family court bench for admitting to sexual abuse of his handicapped five year old niece.

That same year, the same ethics lawyers were allowed by their judge superiors to resign quietly after a state inspector general uncovered their falsified time sheets. They were never prosecuted, criminally or ethically, and still allowed to practice law in New York’s capital district. This is in contrast to one Koziol client who was immediately prosecuted as a felon for obtaining a $16 city gas card reimbursement two hours after wrongful discharge. He was cleared by a jury before obtaining a consequentially large civil rights recovery.

These were only some of the shocking revelations brought before the Moreland Commission. Within weeks of that testimony, Dr. Koziol lost all contact with his daughters due to a family judge, Daniel King, who was reported for fabricating college degrees in child support decisions. Judge King could find no evidence of unfit parenting, indeed there was never any child protection agency report, so he based his decision on a “prohibited alcohol related gesture” (a wedding toast) among other demented concoctions. He even imposed a gag order on this site which was removed only after Dr. Koziol sued him in New York Supreme Court on First Amendment violations

And so it’s been, a suspension of a law license exceeding eight years, one year longer than a felony disbarment period, without so much as an accusation of any criminal wrongdoing. And no child contact for over four years! It is an unprecedented ordeal and a judicial record by most accounts. But that’s not the only record en route to shattering the glass ceiling of judicial immunity. Over 40 trial jurists have been assigned so far to Dr. Koziol’s originally uncontested divorce since it was filed in 2006.

With each assignment, grounds for disqualification arose immediately, causing one judge after another to recuse himself or herself at the outset. For others who pressed on in violation of judicial ethics, misconduct inevitably reared itself, and removal was secured through motion filings. Rather than accepting the systemic retaliation and the state’s role in all this, judges are now faulting the victim of their corruption.

The latest one is Gerald “Rocky” Popeo (Judge #41) who was publicly censored in 2015 by the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct after a hearing judge found that he had joked about downstate blacks and upstate “country niggers.” Popeo was also found guilty of making a violent threat to a litigant from the bench. The public censure encompassed serial contempt and jail sentences in violation of due process. However, much more was never reported or excused by that Commission, and this sadistic, self-loving and mentally challenged judge was never even removed.

For example, a former African-American city official and Koziol client attempted suicide in a jail cell after Judge Popeo presided over a racist targeting of his night club. All nuisance and liquor violations were dismissed by a jury after Judge Popeo re-committed the suicide prospect to jail from the hospital where he was in recovery. Prior to the targeting, this same African-American activist obtained a jury verdict of $333,000.00 in a race discrimination case against some of the same people now behind the Koziol witch hunt. It was argued by Dr. Koziol before a current Supreme Court Justice, Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (2nd Cir. 2004).

In the summer of 2017, Popeo initiated a heated exchange with Koziol at a local bar, witnessed by a U.S. Marine veteran. It was based on Gerry’s belief that Leon had something to do with the 2015 misconduct prosecution against him. Despite all that, like his denials of racism reported by an African-American attorney, Judge Popeo denied that the bar conversation even occurred. He did so as an “Acting Family Court Judge” assigned to Dr. Koziol’s custody and support cases. His peculiar assignment came at a time when a series of editorials and full page advertisements by Dr. Koziol critical of the judiciary were featured in the Syracuse, Utica and Watertown, New York newspapers.

And despite even that, the same Gerald Popeo denied Dr. Koziol’s motion for disqualification this past week, ruling that he can be impartial. Since his assignment in February, 2018, Popeo has continued to deny Koziol all contact with his daughters. He now stands ready to jail him on orchestrated (unlawful) child support debts. The Leon Koziol story was recently documented in a shocking new book, Satan’s Docket: Corruption and Carnage in America’s Divorce Industry.  It is a must-read for all court participants and good government advocates, available on-line at http://www.parentingrightsinstitute.com.

With this backdrop, can anyone continue to be shocked by Donald Trump’s condemnation of federal judges who interfere with national security decisions of our elected president? The Leon Koziol story shows how the elected goal of “draining the swamp” cannot be limited to the executive or legislative branches. A federal judge who dismissed Dr. Koziol’s civil rights case against his persecutors is all the proof we Americans need to support President Trump.

That federal judge, Gary Sharpe, was removed from a case by a federal appeals court in Manhattan for announcing a human gene for decision making that would not be discovered by scientists for “another fifty years.” United States v Cossey, 632 F.3d   82 (2nd Cir. 2011). Never mind the swamp, that sort of lunacy on the bench rivals Hitler’s Nazi Germany. It also presents an important message for all whistle blowers like Edward Snowden: Stay in some free country where it’s safe!

Please don’t simply read this post and move on. The important information just received came to you at a high price. Share it with those who can help us fight this growing corruption in America. The censorship of our values and Trump supporters is very real as proven again today by Fox News headlines. They featured a black woman duo known as “Diamond and Silk” who were censored by Facebook due to the pro-Trump content of their popular site. You can also donate to our cause at Leon Koziol.com or call Leon personally at (315) 796-4000 for more information.

God Bless America !

Family Court Sequel, Rocky v Rambo: Part I, Round 3

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If you are a follower of Leon Koziol.com, you’re in good company. Judges, lawyers, investigators, politicians, maybe even an Indian chief are monitoring us regularly along with 6,000 registered followers and an unknown viral number from Europe to Australia. There are 5,000 on Facebook alone.

We are not a social entity. You might say we are your “Hired Gun,” investigating, exposing and stopping court corruption at http://www.parentingrightsinstitute.com. It is a specialized line of work because the judicial branch of government is a self-policing one with ethics commissions around the country that look into as little as 10% of all citizen and litigant complaints.

Our work is based on decades of experience litigating civil rights cases in federal and state courts as high as the United States Supreme Court. We are not a nonprofit or government funded enterprise because then we could become regulated and censored.

Even so, a family judge imposed a gag order on this site in 2016 which was removed after we sued him in New York Supreme Court on First Amendment grounds. Confidential attorney ethics reports against the founder of this Institute, Dr. Leon Koziol, contained exhibits of his website posts which they found offensive.

However these standard-bearers of attorney ethics never acted on those publications because they were accurate. Also the First Amendment got in their way. Then those same ethics lawyers engaged in the witch hunt against Dr. Koziol were allowed to resign quietly after they were caught falsifying time sheets. They were never publicly prosecuted and still practice law in New York’s Capital District (Torncello, Devane and Zayas).

In today’s New York Post, it was revealed that Governor Andrew Cuomo backed down on a law requiring judges to maintain time clocks to assure a minimum 40 hour work week for the $200,000 they now receive annually. It was intended to reduce overcrowded court dockets.

In the same newspaper, Facebook was promising to continue their scandal of selling our private information to advertisers. At one time, this site was getting over 2,000 share notices on some of our posts. The largest one recommended psychiatric evaluations of judges like other important officials must undergo as a condition of employment.

Today our site gets only a handful of likes or shares. So if you don’t think that parenting rights, father discrimination and judicial corruption are being suppressed by mainstream and secondary media owners, just read some of the shocking disclosures here and the lack of accountability which followed.

Also in the New York Post today, Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diane Richardson was being blasted for an anti-Semitic “rant” as it was called after she blamed Jews for the gentrification of our people at a board meeting. Some refused to accept her apologies, demanding her resignation instead on grounds that any such bigotry has no place in public office.

Well we have such a case in upstate New York involving a Utica City Court Judge Gerald Popeo. He was merely censured by the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct (2015) after a hearing judge found that Judge Gerry had made racist remarks in office to an African-American lawyer and threatened to come off the bench to assault a litigant.

This is far more reprehensible misconduct in public office because Judge Gerry had also committed serial violations of due process while committing his victims wrongfully to jail. In one case, he caused an African-American former city official to attempt suicide in a jail cell. The charges were later dismissed by a jury.

After 23 unblemished years as a successful civil rights attorney, Dr. Koziol was that former official’s attorney. But he was being prejudiced due to the witch hunt for his judicial whistle blowing activities, see i.e. Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F. 3d 322 (2nd Cir. 2004)($333,000.00 verdict argued before a current U.S. Supreme Court Justice).

Now rock-em, sock-em Gerry, in a black (not white) robe, has been assigned from city court to Dr. Koziol’s 12-year custody-divorce-support case as an “Acting Family Judge.” Yes you’re reading that correctly. At a time when domestic violence prevention is a main agenda of such courts, Judge “Rocky” Popeo has arrived after being excused for threatening litigants with violence from the bench.

This neanderthal was assigned as trial Judge #41 after 39 were previously removed from Dr. Koziol’s case for various reasons. He will be presiding over a civil rights advocate in central New York with the power of contempt and punitive incarceration. But the case is now headed for New York’s high court in Albany where we hope to organize a protest to finally remove Judge Gerry from the bench altogether.

To keep our followers interested in participating in such crucial reform activities, we have spiced up our reports on Judge Gerry with a satirical series we call Blockbuster Family Court: Rocky v Rambo. Rocky is being played by “Actor” Family Judge Gerald Popeo. And his opponent Rambo is the people’s advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol.

To recap rounds one and two, as expected, Judge Gerry came out swinging. And the “judges” scored the opening one unanimously in his favor. That’s because his opponent was not even allowed in the ring. Gerry was swinging away from the bench like a psycho at no one there. Rocky wrote a custody decision without hearing any argument from Rambo Koziol.

In Round 2, Judge Gerry was chasing down Rambo with his sheriff deputies armed with a summons after the targeted dad exposed a back room deal and failed to show up for a court date. On February 27, 2018, they nearly got him, but Rambo escaped into the mountains somewhere near Old Forge, New York.

Undaunted, Rocky’s posse pursued him relentlessly breaking all sorts of laws along the way. But a trap was being set for them. While they were purporting to follow “the Law,” Rambo was busy working the internet, exposing their mis-deeds and relying upon his civil rights skills to defend against the onslaught. The judges scored this round even.

In Round 3, today, Judge Gerry was back in the ring, and this time the litigant was present. Rambo struck first by filing a motion to reopen Popeo’s private decision and sue him directly at the same time in a higher court. He followed with a flurry of strikes to all parts of Popeo’s big head and scary face.

Judge Rocky’s trainer, Syracuse Administrative Judge James “Bond” Tormey was not happy at ringside. There were punches for bias, racism and revenge as disclosed privately before the fight to Koziol by Popeo at a local bar. It sent Rocky to the canvas and a five-count before the judge resumed his family bench.

To everyone’s dismay, Rocky recovered and responded with a shot to the groin by ignoring the sworn witness statements against him. He “handed down” a decision today which declared that he was not biased and that his racist past, violent threats and revenge for Koziol’s complaints did not mean he would be an unfair judge.

In the process, Judge Gerry called a U.S. Marine witness a liar, that a heated discussion at a local bar between Rocky and Rambo last summer never even occurred. But when you’re Rambo, targeted by overwhelming odds from “the law,” you keep your i-phone in record mode.

Hey, when you’ve survived against a corrupt system this long, you learn to use all the natural weapons at your disposal. It especially comes in handy when a lying and corrupt judge buys you a beer and begins discussing things he should not.

Stay tuned for Round 4. Share this post, join our fight and watch as this court room boxing match progresses. I mean, with all the psychotic craziness which goes on in these lucrative forums, can we really dignify them with the titles of judge and court room?

 

Happy Easter Walter Scott

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Why is the horrific murder of a loving dad for child support being ignored by the media and government?

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

I was born on Easter Sunday, just before dawn, and although I never bothered to  verify it until decades later, the date and time proved correct on my certificate. I was also born to be a dad, and that made my daughters possible. Although I wished them a Happy Easter today, as usual, I got no reply.

It’s been like that for years. Never found to be unfit as a parent, subject of any agency report or charged with any crime, the years spent with my girls as a “noncustodial parent” (due to my male birth status) were filled with events to make any child envious. Trips to Manhattan, the ocean, our nation’s capital, lakes, skiing, climbing and school events comprised only some of our experiences without incident. I built them a playground on my two acre property that rivaled our finest local parks.

Then their “custodial parent” decided that they should have a new father, someone she admitted to be pursuing strictly for his wealth. And the many custody judges assigned to my case, including removed pedophile family judge, Bryan Hedges, made no mention of this illicit agenda for over ten years. Instead, one who frequented a bar with his children, Daniel King of Lewis County Family Court, placed bizarre conditions upon me such as “prohibited alcohol related gestures” (a wedding toast) to make continued father-daughter relationships impossible.

They could find no reliable proof of unfit parenting so they simply made things up and any attack on my reputation to discredit the reform message and court corruption I was publicizing across the country. So intense was the legalized kidnapping that the wealthy substitute dad actually tried to run me over with his Cadillac last summer. It was witnessed by a bar manager who happened to be near the sidewalk I was crossing the street toward.

We live in a world today dominated by money. It can buy judges, lawyers and politicians. Anyone so naïve to believe otherwise should look up the many bribery and extortion cases coming out of divorce and family courts, judges like ex-New York Chief Judge Sol Wachtler, Gerald Garson and Thomas Spargo sent to federal prisons. And they are only a few of the ones who actually got caught.

But you can learn all about that in my recent book, Satan’s Docket: Corruption and Carnage in America’s Divorce Industry. Today’s holiday post is focused on a far greater crime, this epidemic sweeping across America as part of a New World Order to take control of our children. It is being accomplished through an antiquated “custody” system mandated by federal Title IV-D funding laws.

Like the drug industry, this epidemic has turned our courts into a trillion dollar industry while transforming cooperative parenting into lucrative war zones. It has also produced fatherless children like the one in Parkland, Florida, who decided one day to murder fellow classmates just for kicks. My own ex-wife lacks all moral compass when lying repeatedly under oath to the glee of corrupt judges anxious to exploit her stupidity to avenge my public criticisms.

And that brings us to Walter Scott. You may remember him as the unarmed father shot dead five times in the back by a psycho cop near Charleston, South Carolina while fleeing a child support warrant at a traffic stop. Our government is now killing for money and resurrecting debtor prisons using our children as justification. Adolph Hitler explained this agenda in his famous book, Mein Kampf, i.e. if you can get the people believing that you’re acting in their children’s “best interests,” they will “happily” give up their rights.

Walter Scott is solid proof of this agenda for all the unbelievers. I spoke out at his 2015 funeral before national media to emphasize that this was not so much a race crime as it was a gender crime, one targeting dads and the destruction of fatherhood in America. After discussing it with a New York Times reporter and appearing on the Charleston evening news, I got some mainstream media traction, especially when the funeral pastor preached the same conclusion I did.

Walter Scott’s murder, captured on an i-phone by an unseen by-stander, was, by far, the most horrific one in the Black Lives Matter crusade. Unlike the others, Scott was unarmed, he raised nothing resembling a weapon, and he was running from a money debt not any criminal act. Worse yet, Title IV-D state court revenue was among the objectives of the arrest warrant resulting in his murder.

Despite all this, time and again, when the national media recites these murders, Walter Scott is notoriously absent. No doubted calculated to protect the money trail, this practice resembles incidents like the Selma, Alabama anniversary march with George Bush cropped out of a New York Times photo or the television reporter, who never was, claiming to be flying in a helicopter over Iraq during a news feature. Walter Scott is purposely omitted because it raises the taboo subject of father discrimination and draconian law enforcement practices that threaten the New World Order.

In a March 31, 2018 front page story in the New York Daily News, a series of black victims are named in civil rights history ending with Trayvon Martin. Walter Scott is not among them. Again, today, in an Associated Press story by Corey Williams carried nationally, a summary of recent black murders is given. Still no mention of Walter Scott. Lawyer Benjamin Crump is featured in that story because he has been assisting victim families to get monetary compensation. The largest of these to date is the family of Walter Scott which recovered $6 million. So why was it “cropped out?”

The war on dads is very real. I may be among the most profound examples of this given the inhumane retributions I sustained as a result of my parent equality crusade across the country. As a prominent civil rights attorney who obtained jury verdicts and six figure recoveries for civil rights victims, including white landowners and sexually harassed women, these witch hunters can discredit my public message using the mother of my children as their stooge, but they can never take away my accomplishments.

As I look back on these past ten years of persecution, I often come to the conclusion that my sacrifices have been in vain. No one donates, few show up at our rallies, and keyboard warriors prefer the comfort of their private homes. Accordingly the epidemic grows, and the day is destined to arrive when some victim will explode to take horrific action at some courthouse or law office. Thomas Ball nearly did exactly that before burning himself alive in front of a family court and leaving behind a cryptic manifesto.

While I have done all I could to prevent such a holocaust, I have moved no mountains. After a record 40 trial judges were disqualified from my originally uncontested divorce, a racist judge who makes violent threats from the bench has now been assigned to finish me off as an “Acting Family Judge.” My website has been highly censored and I can recite little progress. If any, it has occurred among individual cases only. Occasionally I get inspiration from a friend, family member, stranger, caller or even a cleric, one such as Reverend James Forbes, the “Martin Luther King” of Manhattan.

However, on this Easter Sunday, a Christian celebration of resurrected life, I got some unexpected inspiration from a pastor at St. Paul’s Church in Whitesboro, New York. I cannot deliver it as eloquently as he did, but I would like to share it with you, especially all those who have stayed in the fight against the odds for so many years. You know who you are. The sermon goes something like this:

One day God directed a man to move a large stone by pressing against it each day with all his might. After months of doing so, the man grew weary. He had not moved that giant rock a single inch and began to accept the reality that he never could. Satan therefore intervened and suggested that he give it a day’s rest especially as it happened to be a Sunday. Surely a good God would accept such rest on his day and recognize all the daily commitment. But the man turned Satan down and kept on pushing against that rock however foolish he may have looked. Finally, the man asked God why he had committed him to such an impossible task. It was then that God replied that this was a test of his faith, and because he had honored the directive, God would now move that rock for him.  

 

Will NAACP join parent’s motion to remove racist judge from Family Court?

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By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

If you’ve been following my family court matters in recent months, you already know about a racist judge in the City Court of Utica, New York who was assigned as an Acting Family Judge on my never ending custody and support matters. He is Trial Judge #41, a judicial record by most accounts, and he was assigned despite a recent censure by the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct after a hearing judge concluded that he had made racist remarks to an African-American attorney, threats from the bench and abuses of contempt powers in violation of due process.

The Commission Chairman dissented and voted to remove Judge Gerald Popeo altogether as a judge because such misconduct cannot justify continued deliberations for the diverse people served by our courts. So how did this local city judge suddenly end up on my case after judges from as far away as Oswego (Lake Ontario) and Lewis County (near Canadian border) were assigned and disqualified for undisclosed reasons?

As a former civil rights attorney who has clashed with this judge as recently as last summer at a local bar, how could he be deemed impartial by Judge James (Bond) Tormey, the Syracuse Administrative Judge who assigned him after judges #39 and #40 were removed only weeks ago? Very compelling circumstances dictate that this “Acting Family Judge” has been assigned to provoke and finish me off.

These circumstances were embodied in a cross-motion to add Judge Gerald Popeo to my extraordinary hybrid case filed in New York Supreme Court. It is a parental equality case which names the state’s Chief Judge, James “Bond” Tormey and my custody and support judges as respondents. It seeks overdue precedent for victimized parents everywhere, i.e. full legal recognition of parental alienation.

Although a decision on the Chief Judge’s dismissal motion and that of the New York Attorney General has not been formally issued, an argument date was set for May 24, 2018. Such a scheduling order would not have logically occurred if the dismissal motions were granted (already argued). But nothing surprises me anymore given the horrific ordeal I have survived thus far due to relentless retaliation for my public criticisms of our courts.

At the same time I am filing a motion for removal of Judge #41, Gerald Popeo from ongoing lower court proceedings. I have asked the NAACP to join me on that motion with the hope that other groups will follow, both conservative and liberal since this affects people of all political and religious beliefs. Portions of my formal request to the NAACP President is reprinted below.

The NAACP headquarters and Washington Bureau were closed for the past couple days due to the east coast storm but a director at the NAACP Hollywood Bureau responded by phone the same day with a referral to the NAACP legal department. If you would like to join us at the courthouse, upcoming arguments on May 24, 2018 or learn more about the escalating atrocities here, feel free to call our office at (315( 380-3420.

Formal request to NAACP President Derrick Johnson:

March 21, 2018

Dear Mr.  Johnson:

On February 12, 2015, the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured an upstate city court judge for abusing his authority, sending litigants to jail without due process, and making injudicious remarks from the bench. Relevant complaints over time came from a district attorney, public defender and African-American lawyer, among others.

The injudicious remarks which a Commission judge found to be true included the following:

(to an African-American lawyer): “Do you know what black people from New York City call black people from upstate?” (no reply) “Country niggers.”

(to a prosecutor on at least two occasions): “Mr. Scully is the perfect cigar store Indian.”

(to a litigant upset with his unfair treatment): “You’re standing there with a grin that I would love to get off the bench and slap off your face. How about 30 days in jail for contempt, that’s hilarious too, isn’t it? What’s wrong with you? We done smirking?”

(to the same litigant ordered to return for a contempt sentence): “(You) gave me a nice, big smirk (while leaving court) … as if to say, blank you, Judge.”

As a successful and unblemished civil rights attorney for more than 23 years, and another ten as a litigant and parental advocate, I have displayed countless facial gestures during jury trials and other proceedings in both federal and state courts. A grin, smirk or other involuntary expression would be routine and rarely, if ever, considered contemptuous . . .

In January, 2010, (Judge Popeo) committed a former client of mine, the city’s first African-American Public Works Commissioner, to jail for non-appearance on a business nuisance case despite a compelling explanation. During his first time ever in jail, the former Commissioner Stephen Patterson attempted suicide after a belt was placed in his cell.

Among the reasons given for the suicide attempt was Mr. Patterson’s inability to find an attorney after a witch hunt was begun against me due to my litigation successes, civil rights forums and whistle blower reports critical of our courts. I was suspended from my civil rights practice due to an ex-secretary influenced by racist adversaries to create ethics issues in my office. Despite my criminal complaints, highly supported internal report and complaints from numerous other victims, she was not timely arrested or prosecuted.

This left me vulnerable to “witch hunt” ethics lawyers who were later allowed to resign quietly after a state inspector general discovered their falsified time sheets, the same ones declaring in confidential proceedings that my license reinstatement would be opposed so long as my public criticisms continued. Only many years later, after I was out of my law practice long enough, was this white ex-secretary finally picked up in Illinois and jailed on felony convictions involving later law offices. By that time, countless crimes and injustices occurred without accountability.

There was certainly sufficient provocation for the witch hunt. For example, I saved an African-American Public Safety Commissioner  . . . from an orchestrated indictment by a vengeful prosecutor, such charges as “misuse of city stationery.” I obtained a $333,820.32 record jury verdict on a federal civil rights case, Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (2nd Cir. 2004). I settled another at $90,000 for an African-American pastor harassed by the same city.

My work was not limited to race. I was among the earliest locally to win a sexual harassment case, Currie v Kowalewski, 842 F. Supp. 57 (NDNY 1994). I obtained a declaratory judgement invalidating a billion dollar casino compact against some of the nation’s finest law firms in both federal and state courts, Oneida Indian Nation v County of Oneida, 132 F.Supp. 2d 71 (NDNY 2000); Peterman v Governor Pataki, 2004 Slip. Op. 51092(U). First Amendment was also one of my major concerns, sacrificing my position as city corporation counsel to successfully challenge a mayor’s gag order upon public employees, Koziol v Hanna, 107 F.Supp.2d 170 (NDNY 2000).

All that unblemished success changed when I began exposing corruption in our courts, the kind which harms minorities the most. My uncontested divorce became contested, and twelve years later it has become a personal holocaust with 40 trial jurists disqualified to date, a record by all accounts. One was removed from Family Court altogether after he admitted to sexual abuse of his handicapped five year old niece, In re Bryan Hedges, 20 NY3d 677 (2013). A federal judge (Gary Sharpe) dismissed my last civil rights case with an anti-filing order despite his removal from an earlier case due to his claim of a human gene to sentence criminals which would not be discovered for another fifty years, United States v Cossey, 632 F.3d 82 (NDNY 2nd Cir. 2011).

The persecution has been relentless to discredit my public message, punish me into submission and protect a self-regulated judiciary from public disgrace. Its conduct commission refused to credit the “country niggers” remark because it would seriously harm its modern day reputation, not because it was untrue.

Now, because it set Gerald Popeo free, this racist judge has been assigned to finish me off as an “Acting Family Judge” in a forum where he makes a mockery of domestic violence prevention by his violent threats from the bench, where African-American fathers suffer debtor imprisonment to the extreme of being shot dead five times in the back while fleeing unarmed from a child support warrant. I spoke out on the latter event before national media at the Walter Scott funeral, spending a week there in South Carolina for reform purposes . . .

 

If such persecution can happen to a white civil rights attorney well north of the Mason-Dixon line, what kind of horror could occur to disadvantaged African-American fathers who, like Stephen Patterson, rely on me to protect them? That question is now at the forefront of this letter. I will be appearing before Judge Popeo this Friday, March 23, 2018 in Oneida County Family Court, Utica, New York. I will be filing a motion for his removal from my case with a request that the NAACP join in that motion as an intervenor or supporting presence in the courtroom.

In making this formal invitation, I am mindful of the work load which confronts you daily, but it presents an extraordinary opportunity for national attention and widespread benefit to your members and reputation . . . The chairman of the New York Commission dissented from the rationalizations used to excuse Judge Popeo’s racist remark to an African-American lawyer. He agreed instead with the findings of the judge who heard the evidence and voted in the minority for Popeo’s removal.

Now, as fate and the grace of God would have it, the Commission’s shocking 2015 decision is resurrected in a way least expected. Judge Popeo’s mere censure . . . allowed this travesty to occur. His remarks would have been contemptible even if related at a local bar, yet he made them as a judge in a black robe well into the 21st Century. Our courts are the last places where this can be tolerated in any form.

An intervenor motion by the NAACP supporting mine for Popeo’s removal would send a powerful message to our judiciary at a time when it must earn the greatest respect. So that my life sacrifices for a righteous cause were not in vain, I am including only a few articles regarding the Patterson cases for verification and ask that you favor me with a reply as soon as possible.

Very truly yours,

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

 

 

 

Know the real Court Process in a recent book by Dr. Leon Koziol: Satan’s Docket

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Get our shocking new book on divorce and family court corruption at the  Parenting Rights Institute website. Its feature release is entitled, Satan’s Docket: Corruption and Carnage in America’s Divorce Industry. Based on thirty years of litigation experience, this book takes you through the horrific ten year ordeal of judicial whistleblower, Dr. Leon Koziol, which forced him to seek international protection in Paris.

However this book is much more. It can be considered a crash course in divorce or family court, your education to an epidemic that is harming our children, families, schools, workplaces and health as a nation. It was a herculean project, years in the research and writing phase with a 108,000 word manuscript completed only last month. A hard copy can be ordered for $30 including shipping and handling. You can order it on the website or mail a check to the author Leon Koziol, P.O. Box 8302; Utica, New York 13505. A PDF download version is also available for $15 on the same PRI website.

Satan’s Docket has received great reviews and featured on radio talk shows. It was authored in an extraordinary way given the difficulty of attracting interest to such a stressful and complex subject. It was a lesson learned by Alec Baldwin and his 2009 book release, A Promise to Ourselves. That memoir failed to achieve its highly anticipated book sales. Indeed mainstream media was most focused on excerpts relating to his suicide attempts during an incendiary divorce with actress Kim Basinger.

Dr. Koziol was invited to Alec’s book signing in Manhattan and shared his ordeal with Baldwin’s agent at Creative Artists in California. More recently, crucial advice was obtained from best selling authors at the Whistleblower Summit and Conference this past summer in Washington D.C.

The title, Satan’s Docket, was a risky selection but has gained wide support. It was proven ironically to be a well selected title after discovering Bradley Birkenfeld’s recent book release at the Summit entitled, Lucifer’s Bank. Mr. Birkenfeld was a whistleblower of the Swiss bank industry who suffered retaliation by a jail sentence of 30 months for tax evasion. On his release he recovered a record $104 million under the new IRS Whistleblower Protection Act. Another new book release at this Summit featured a woman lawyer disbarred for exposing court corruption in New Hampshire. Her book is titled, The Dark Side.

So it would appear that Satan’s Docket is right on target. It was also inspired by former New York Senate Leader Joseph Bruno, whose memoir, Keep Swinging,  was released in November, 2016. Dr. Koziol’s book features two equal length halves. Part One is the Corruption segment of his subtitle. It is the macro part which describes a divorce and family court epidemic nationwide. Part Two is the Carnage half which focuses on his personal ordeal. In order to keep a broad section of readers glued to this book, a collection of shocking stories from around the country is spiced with romance, humor and horror in places ranging from Hawaii to Paris.

This is a book well worth reading at a nominal cost that can save you college tuition and untold lawyer fees. It may be the best investment you will make in years.

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