Hypocrisy on human rights undermines effort to overthrow Vladimir Putin

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

leonkoziol@gmail.com

(315) 796-4000

You hypocrite, first cast out the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to cast out the speck from your brother’s eye. Mathew 7, verse 5

Few would argue that the best way to end the war in Ukraine would be to take out the person who started it, Russian president Vladimir Putin. Any other approach risks a chain reaction to Armageddon or escalating carnage among the military and civilian population.

As sanctions continue to impact the Russian people, potential grows behind a coup, but any support behind it has been ruthlessly suppressed. Protesters have been arrested for a failure to comply with state-sanctioned speech with repeat offenders risking twenty years in prison.

To be sure, thousands have already been detained. News sources continue to be shut down while Moscow journalist, Elena Chernenko, was stripped of her access to top government officials simply because she publicized a letter signed by 280 other journalists opposed to the war.

Here in America, we are appalled by such events. However, we have also seen an alarming increase in content targeting against people similarly exercising their basic rights. Parents protesting school practices are being compared to terrorists, massive surveillance by tech companies has become center stage, and a freedom convoy is being treated as an insurrection.

Whistleblowers have become a common thread among these forms of population control, preventing us from becoming victims as our counterparts are in Russia. In recent years, our government has been compelled to legislate protections for whistleblowers. But to date, none have been extended to lawyers who expose misconduct in our judicial branch.

As a civil rights attorney, unblemished for more than 23 years, I am one such victim. Having sponsored public forums, news conferences and precedent-seeking litigation to secure reforms to our nation’s family courts, I was ruthlessly targeted by judges and disciplinary tribunals.

I exposed corruption, Title IV-D funding abuses in the child support system, and parent alienation practices that were causing suicides, child murders and domestic violence. Within three months of my testimony before Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption in 2013, I was deprived of my daughters, law practice and means of alternate income.

It became a scene right out of the former Soviet Union based primarily upon a gold mine in fees and revenues that I was threatening. Most retaliation victims could withstand a demotion, job termination, adverse publicity, family harm or even a public beating by errant police officers. But my ten-year ordeal had all these combined and much more which nearly cost me my life.

In 2019, I sponsored a three-day event known as the Parent March on Washington. Victims from across the country participated in strategy sessions, lobby day in Congress, a march down Pennsylvania Avenue under police escort, and a candlelight vigil at the Capitol dedicated to those lives lost to a dysfunctional court system. It was an all-American affair without incident.

Unfortunately, not one government official replied to our demands for congressional hearings and a Justice Department investigation of the widespread human rights violations occurring in these courts. It lent substance to George Floyd protesters one year later who complained that peaceful protest was ineffective.

In my case, the persecution was easily conducted off-grid due to a commonly held belief that the judicial branch was above reproach. It persisted despite exposures of pedophile activity by a family judge, harassment of court clerks, and a city judge who blamed me for a mere public censure caused by his racist remarks and abuses of judicial office.  

Unlike other criminal-type prosecutions, lawyers subjected to discipline as a means of suppressing free speech possess no jury right, comparable proof standard or discovery rights. The process resembles more of a star chamber inquisition with a predetermined outcome. In New York, the judge and prosecutor are essentially one with the former appointing the latter.

Indeed, the chief attorney and two deputy ethics lawyers engaged in the witch hunt against me were allowed to resign when an inspector general discovered their falsified time sheets. These are the standard-bearers of lawyer ethics charged with preventing over-billing practices. There were no public charges, criminal or disciplinary, brought against them.

My horrific ordeal resulted in a condition which may be compared to the innocent people suffering in Ukraine. You can kill a targeted person directly by use of a gun or a series of events that predictably accomplish the same objective. While my days may be numbered, the hope is that my ordeal will lead to overdue reforms.

This ordeal has been documented in a newly published book, Whistleblower in Paris.

Leon R. Koziol. J.D.

Former city councilman and civil rights attorney

Freedom Convoy Has Precedent, One That Changed Upstate New York 20 Years Ago

Leon Koziol

Former Attorney for Upstate Citizens for Equality

In 1999, I was retained to represent a landowner group victimized by the Oneida Indian Land Claim. At the time, the Oneida Indian Nation of New York had filed a class action lawsuit in federal court seeking an “ejectment” (mass eviction) of 20,000 landowners in Oneida and Madison counties.

In a series of claims the Oneidas sought 6 million acres between the Canadian border and Pennsylvania (aboriginal tribal lands). The largest one was based on a position that the treaty which approved the transfer of this giant tract to the state (and therefore all subsequent landowners in its chain of titles) was improperly authorized by the state and not the federal government. But the transaction occurred when our Articles of Confederation existed. Therefore, the Supreme Court ruled this treaty valid and threw out the vast claim.

Another by the same Oneida Nation took issue with a 250,000 acre tract which was also transacted by the state and not the federal government. On this claim, featuring multiple conveyances between 1795 and mid-19th century, the new Constitution was in effect. That document clarified that the federal government had exclusive authority over land transactions with Native American tribes (nations).

In addition, the Oneidas relied on the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua which effectively declared such exclusive authority, but New York proceeded anyway to partition the remaining 250,000-acre tract. It was not until 1985, by a 5-4 decision that the Supreme Court ruled that the New York land conveyances were null and void due to the lack of federal involvement. Therefore, this particular tract remained tribal lands of the Oneidas.

By this time, the original tribe had split with additional reservations in Canada and Wisconsin. Only a small number (about 1,000) remained in the original tract on a 32-acre trailer park in Madison County (between Utica and Syracuse). More troubling, because the Court never directed a remedy for the Constitution and treaty violations, the answer was left open for further resolution.

Of course, the removal of 20,000 landowners (roughly 60,000 residents) would be daunting, if not revolutionary. Outsiders were quick to blame these innocent landowners who had nothing to do with any ” historical injustices.” And when the victims invited these critics to offer their own land for Native American reparations, they simply dropped their stones and walked away. After all, it was the state and not these victims who acted unlawfully with the federal government at the time too weak or political to intervene in a timely manner.

After years of negotiation failures, the Oneida Nation filed its class action lawsuit against the landowners using the millions obtained from their casino built in 1993. However, the state-Oneida compact which authorized this (Turning Stone) casino had its own legal flaws, most notably the lack of approval by the New York Legislature.

Like the son who followed him during our pandemic, Governor Mario Cuomo declared himself supreme over such matters and signed the compact into law. No one challenged this until I brought an intervenor action on behalf of the landowners in the federal court land claim. It was based principally on grounds that this intergovernmental compact violated a separation of powers under the state constitution.

This was essentially our way of saying that if these ancient treaties could invalidate the state land conveyances (upon which countless deeds were based), the same is true about the claimants’ lucrative casino compact (and all the monies unlawfully taken from gamblers). Action on the intervenor (countersuit) motion was quickly put on hold by the presiding federal judge pending the outcome of high-level negotiations which might resolve all issues.

One proposed outcome was a $500 million payment, ratification of the compact and a limited land purchase. But we quickly exposed that scheme with news conferences, protests and growing public meetings that included other Indian Nation land claims by the Senecas on Grand Island (between Buffalo and Niagara Falls) and Cayuga Nation (Finger Lakes region). At one point, an estimated 2,000 angry landowners turned out to hear my unconventional strategies that included the first-ever local convoy of aggrieved landowners.

Rather than wait indefinitely for a complex land claim resolution (which never materialized), I withdrew our federal counterclaim and intervenor motion, re-filing instead in New York Supreme Court. The Oneida factions with their high-profile law firms followed with a motion for an injunction against my state lawsuit in the federal litigation. The presiding judge denied their motion, thereby allowing our state case (exclusively against the casino compact) to proceed.

But to the delight of our adversaries, which included some of our own elected officials, a state judge put our case on hold until the outcome of the federal negotiations. We had no clout politically as the subject land claims existed in rural areas. Only the Onondaga claim remained dormant no doubt because it encompassed the Destiny Mall, most of the city of Syracuse and, of course, Syracuse University.

We therefore resorted to public protests which included the convoy (motorcade) that surrounded the casino property in January, 1999 (over 1,000 vehicles). A more expansive convoy followed months later on the New York Thruway beginning at Buffalo and ending on the Capitol steps in Albany, New York (over 300 miles). One of the flatbeds featured a giant fake canon daring the Oneida Nation CEO to come take our land.

Needless to say, we suffered all the same disparagements as the organizers of the Freedom Convoy are today. However, the racist label was somewhat diluted by my long-time status as a civil rights attorney. Several years later, the casino compact was finally ruled invalid by a state Supreme Court judge who replaced the one originally assigned. Shortly after that, the Supreme Court revisited its 1985 ruling and threw out the land claim as stale and unenforceable. Taxpayers were able to keep the $500 million earmarked at one time to settle the treaty violations.

This outcome was unimaginable in 1999. My role in all this earned an interview on CBS 60 Minutes. However, like my crusade against corrupt family courts today, I paid a high price. They never forgot me after that, a successful crusade against a billion-dollar casino operation (as the Las Vegas Sun described it in 2004). So, hat’s off to the Freedom Convoy. As Coach Jim Valvano might say, don’t ever give up. And as I am saying today, never allow your governments, federal, state or Canadian, to insult the people.

Updated Epilogue to the book, Whistleblower in Paris, exposes the worst of parental alienation and silent epidemic in divorce and family courts

Dr. Leon Koziol

Published Author and Civil Rights Advocate

The ongoing ordeal of a judicial whistleblower has necessitated an update to the epilogue (concluding summary) of my recently published book, Whistleblower in Paris. If you have already purchased a copy, available at any Barnes and Noble store, Amazon or major bookseller on-line, this update should energize you to demand reform and accountability. It may also prevent you from becoming a victim of abuse, prevent undue fees and educate you to the realities of these courts. If you are learning of the book for the first time, this update might convince you to obtain a copy. It is a highly intriguing insight based on more than thirty years of litigation experience from a former trial and appellate attorney. That concluding summary is reproduced below:

Epilogue

As a civil rights attorney, I spent over two decades litigating for victims of race, gender, religion and ethnic discrimination. This included sexual harassment cases when they were unpopular. Many successful verdicts, monetary recoveries and precedent outcomes resulted. But my crusade for justice was not limited to minorities. It also extended to white landowners wrongfully threatened with eviction in the Oneida Indian land claim. Police brutality cases were similarly prosecuted for diverse victims, and I represented a public safety commissioner, police chief and rank and file officers whenever they were falsely accused.

In short, I was motivated to correct injustices to a point where I managed to have a billion-dollar casino compact invalidated on constitutional grounds in New York Supreme Court. The Las Vegas Sun reported it as a David-Goliath battle won by “the small Utica law firm that won the case.” [66] Among the defense firms was Cravath, Swaine and Moore, one of the most powerful in the nation. These achievements earned me praise from federal and state judges. The court transcripts, headline news and published opinions bear this out.

However, when I turned my energies to correcting human rights violations in divorce and family courts, I was viciously targeted. Suddenly, my arguments were incomprehensible, rambling and frivolous after twenty-three unblemished years. Even I underestimated the wrath of a corrupt regime bent on retaliation for my exposure of corruption involving a judge-lawyer gold mine. In numerous public statements, I cited federal funding abuses and lucrative custody battles that were inciting child murders, veteran suicides and needless parental conflict.

As a consequentially victimized parent, I was then forced to assume the mantra of a judicial whistleblower devoid of legal protection. The horrific ordeal here remains unprecedented in modern times. Among the practices I condemned in chapter two and an earlier book, Satan’s Docket, was the abuse of forensic custody evaluations. Then, in January, 2022, a blue-ribbon panel appointed by New York’s governor voted to eliminate these evaluations altogether. I made a presentation at a virtual public hearing sponsored by that panel asking for this very outcome, but like the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption (where I also appeared), it is doubtful that any genuine reform will be implemented. That is how powerful this gold mine has become.

So, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, I sponsored a three-day event at our nation’s capital in May, 2019. Its goal was to elicit a Justice Department investigation and congressional hearings into the rampant human rights violations and federal funding abuses which continue to be ignored in these custody and support courts. We featured planning sessions, a lobby day among the offices of Congress, expert speakers at a hotel ballroom, a candlelight vigil in front of the U.S. Capitol, and a march down Pennsylvania Avenue under police escort from the White House to the Supreme Court.

All of this was accomplished without incident on a shoestring budget. At least four necessary permits were obtained together with regulatory compliance. Parents came from all parts of the country to register their peaceful protest against divorce and family court corruption. Yet not a single member of Congress responded. Then-president Donald Trump never materialized in front of the crowd assembled at the White House. Not even a representative was sent. The Justice Department weighed in with the same message that parental rights were not even on their radar. His successor, Joe Biden, proved oblivious to this crisis altogether.

So what is the lesson to be realized from all this? Peaceful protests to benefit parents, children and families of all races, religions and ethnic backgrounds will be ignored. They yield no respect whatsoever while the same politicians beg for our support on election day through such things as a voting rights bill. Therefore, it is time for those struggling against parental alienation, custody abuses and support debtor prisons to take matters into their own hands. Stay away from lawyers and these courts, set aside your custody and support disputes, and keep abreast of fellow victims who need your help. In this way at least, we might succeed in closing the gold mine.

Thinking back to all the craziness I endured for more than a decade under the yoke of this antiquated child custody regime, it still amazes me that not a single inquiry was made by the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct regarding the many complaints I lodged. How could so much corruption become so buried? I am also amazed at all the physical restraint I practiced. Under our form of government, when the courts break down, victims can seek recourse outside the system. Nevertheless, my restraint led to poetic justice in so many ways.

Among the Sadistic Seven, Michael Daley is no longer a judge, having failed to garner enough support for re-election to the bench. His unpopularity was borne out later when he was defeated in an election for his old job as a local prosecutor. Last I heard he was representing traffic clients in Utica city court.

Judge Martha Walsh-Hood continues to serve as a family court judge as does her colleague Michele Pirro-Bailey in Syracuse. Judge Daniel King is still on the family court bench in Lowville, New York, but is up for re-election in 2022. At a minimum, my whistleblower testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption should be raised by any opposing candidate. The judge collusion inferred by King’s sudden removal of his gag order during my mandamus action in state Supreme Court remains a part of the public record. The manner in which this was all arranged behind closed doors demands a proper investigation.

Regardless, not one of these judges was elevated to higher office. This includes Judge James Eby who no longer presides over my case in Oswego, New York. In the aftermath of his uncorrected bias, innocent third parties were irreparably harmed. During his bombastic antics directed at me, he gave no concern for extended family similarly denied all contact with my daughters. He simply pressed on with his ego-driven agenda of retaliation to maintain favor among colleagues on and off the bench.  

To be sure, as director of the Parenting Rights Institute, I continue to receive complaints about him, one from a custodial mother regarding his knack for keeping the fees coming. He makes a mockery of this self-serving rationale of acting “in the best interests” of our children whose basic needs and college funds are raided. Entire families are bankrupted in the process while inciting domestic violence. An adversarial process rationalized by truth-seeking objectives cannot withstand the ultimate injury it yields when children are placed at needless risk compelling parents to resort to uncharacteristic extremes to protect them.

Similarly, Judge Gerald Popeo in Utica is also no longer presiding. He declined re-election prospects following my crusade against him in 2018. The judge censure which he blamed partly on me no doubt played a role in his decision. Magistrate Natalie Carraway continues her routine in support courts of Herkimer County, presumably charting a course for higher judgeship. Meanwhile, I continue to receive unsolicited praise from countless parents who publicly credit me for private changes in attitude among certain well-meaning jurists.

But it may also be said that poetic justice was served beyond the Sadistic Seven. My pedophile custody judge, Bryan Hedges, was permanently banned from the bench by the high court of New York, his colleague in Syracuse, Michael Hanuszczak, was forced to step down for sexual harassment of his court clerks, and Magistrate G. Stephen Getman lost an election for family court judge. His license suspension for mishandling client money caught up to him in that race.

My ex-secretary was jailed for crimes upon later victims. Her scheme with outsiders to orchestrate ethics issues in my office together with her tampering of mail and files resulted in the removal of a $220,000 mortgage claim on my home. It is unlikely that she will ever be hired for another law-related position given her felony convictions and our creation of a pretend lawyer website that features her. She would not have contemplated such crimes unless cloaked with some concealed protection while my office supervision was derailed by the family court battles.

My ex-wife was removed from the millionaire’s home in 2016 after wasting untold resources to pursue a needless parent alienation campaign bent on greed, revenge and jealousy. She too could not have succeeded without the undisclosed backing of many of the judges assigned to our case. But this particular campaign exceeded the worst I have come across. It can only be described as something hatched out of hell itself, a new form of evil. It harmed not only her children and their father but it devastated her own world. Yet she pressed on like the proverbial energizer bunny.

You would think that this “custodial parent” learned a profound lesson when her relocation scheme to that millionaire’s home was exposed. It featured the “gmai.com” concoction which she and the child attorney tried to pass as proper notice of a new residency. At a minimum, a parent has a right to know where his or her children are residing and with whom so that they can be better safeguarded. But here, despite undeniable proof of deceit upon the father, court and schools, this scheme was accorded no accountability in contrast with money obligations (child support) which were hounded to a point of arrest warrants, jail commitments and even death.

This one-sided persecution had no effect on her commitment to forever end all father-daughter relationships developed since birth. In August, 2021, the newly married Kelly Usherwood contrived an exit from the region on the day after my youngest daughter’s eighteenth birthday. She placed her home on the market and relocated both my girls to an undisclosed residence without even an identity of colleges they were now attending. By text message, she directed that any information was to be exchanged through the maternal grandmother nearby.

As fate would have it, this grandmother deceased only three months later. Meanwhile, circumstances showed that the e-mail exchanges made between father and his daughters were actually being made by the mother. This is how devious the alienator had become to achieve her objective of a family unit completely isolated from the biological father, one who had never even been found to be an unfit parent. It proved to be spite, greed and status which motivated Kelly Usherwood to pursue the unimaginable while the band played on in these corrupt family courts. 

None of this should surprise the reader given the content of earlier chapters and the growing horrors of parental alienation throughout the country. The unilateral directives of this deranged mother comported with no court order, but with the long confirmed systemic bias among numerous assigned judges in New York’s Fifth Judicial District, and the deference repeatedly given them by federal court, all courthouse doors had been closed in terms of any civil recourse. If Daniel King could invent a “prohibited alcohol related gesture” (wedding toast) as a reason to suspend child contact, how could I expect any sanity from the judges who replaced him?

The recent concealment of my daughters raises concerns that could warrant an amber alert given the bizarre conduct of the alienator-abductor. It occurred in the aftermath of my extended hospital stay only months earlier. Despite a life-threatening condition, no direct contact was received from my daughters. By the time the realities of brainwashing caught up to them, it would be too late to revisit countless precious moments captured in home videos and photos.

In the end, it begs the question: what kind of evil lurks in the body of Kelly Usherwood? The answer may lie in some sequel of American Greed or a psycho movie. Even my girls were not spared the karma behind their immoral disregard of dad during his hospital stay, the man who made their existence possible. Both daughters were forced to suffer through a pandemic which is continuing. Graduations, proms and other once-in-a-lifetime events were either canceled or subjected to highly diluting regulations.  

As for the ethics lawyers who helped facilitate this chaos, they were forced to resign after an investigation into falsified time sheets. Would-be clients continue to be denied qualified representation. Even after eleven years of license suspension, I continue to receive calls from victims who cannot secure basic legal advice. The system justified this by support obligations that cannot be satisfied without the licenses, resources and liberties that were seized.

This so-called disciplinary process was abused to achieve censorship, thereby making its perpetrators complicit in the resulting crimes upon humanity.  Despite all this, corruption was exposed on a vast scale after unprecedented numbers of jurists were removed from my originally uncontested divorce. Those removals helped alter the divorce culture in a positive way while exposing the underbelly of a court system hell-bent on revenues and profits. 

But I paid a high price. Out of law school in 1987, I was able to secure a restraining order on a $30 million high school project, [67] I won my first interstate divorce appeal two years later, [68] my name appears on two dedication plagues of the Utica city courthouse as an elected councilman and corporation counsel, I was a featured speaker regarding Native American land claims across upstate New York, and I won a $300,000 civil rights recovery against my local Sheriff which may have factored into the later antics. Other high-profile cases are cited at footnotes 7-11.

Today I am unable to get a family judge to order phone contact with my own daughters.  

In raw terms, you can kill a targeted person with a gun or accomplish the same outcome with a drawn-out process that chips away at your existence. Parent alienation is such a process. It is more than a psychological syndrome or human rights violation, it is a proven killer of victimized parents. Whether it be a suicide, terminal illness or some other brutal consequence, the needless separation of a loving parent from his or her children is simply unconscionable. And when forcing the victim to pay for the child abduction through support payments under penalty of a debtor prison, it becomes utterly barbaric. 

Judges are quick to overlook this reality as they routinely find breaches of various duties in personal injury cases to achieve million-dollar verdicts. But when greater breaches of ethical duties are presented regarding their own conduct, they cloak themselves with judicial immunity on the rationale that such liability would deter qualified candidates from seeking judgeships. Utter nonsense, most lawyers crave these prestigious titles, and a judge complying with job requirements has nothing to fear. If anything, this absolute immunity encourages misconduct while politically-appointed oversight commissions fail us time and again.

This ordeal warrants a Justice Department investigation and congressional inquiry. It would benefit countless moms, dads and families similarly situated. There are tremors of unrest throughout this country which are being ignored. Hardly a day goes by without some child murder, needless suicide or unpredictable homicide traced to these dysfunctional courts. What remains of a stable society is largely made possible by the free exercise of parental liberties and self-governance. It is my fervent hope, therefore, that a powerful movement emerges from my sacrifices that forces our government to pay attention to its own parents.

This literary work is by no means an indictment of our justice system or legal profession. However, it verifies in painstaking detail how a conscientious attorney, model parent and judicial whistleblower can be so ruthlessly punished for his crusade to deliver overdue reforms to our system of family court justice. The people rely on qualified insiders to alert them to corruption in our third branch of government. It accentuates the need for attorney whistleblower protection.

Finally, this book is directed against the divorce industry and the family court predators who are dragging justice down to hell, a people’s courthouse reduced to a giant profit center. All this corruption might compel another victim to resort to violence. But I was able to forbear it and achieve some justice in more constructive ways. My old friend, Sir Walter Scott, gave me sage advice in that regard:

For he that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good he performs, but the evil he forbears


66.  Michael Gormley, Judge strikes down pact, Las Vegas Sun, June 29, 2004. Peterman v Pataki, 2004 Slip. Op. 51092. The final judgment was affirmed on appeal.

67.  In Rome Concerns Citizens v Rome City School District, this restraining order made possible a state-of-the art high school now located at the Griffiss Technology Park. As fate would go, a base realignment commission led to the closure of the former Griffiss Air Force Base after my controversial litigation. It was the region’s top employer. A tech park became its replacement which benefits faculty and students in a myriad of ways today. The former proposed school location could not have facilitated such benefits due to remoteness and land constraints. 

68.  DeNigro v DeNigro, 152 AD2d 951 (4th Dept 1989)

Parent Alienation is more than a syndrome or human rights violation, it is a killer

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

The following text is taken from the concluding paragraphs of my newly published book, Whistleblower in Paris. It is highly relevant for those suffering from parental alienation. This book addresses a silent epidemic and is a must-read for those engaged in divorce, custody and support conflicts. It is a rare education opportunity to educate yourself to the realities of these court processes and based on more than 30 years of litigation experience. This extraordinary read is available at any Barnes and Noble store, Amazon or major on-line bookseller (published by Author House). You can also visit the book’s website at http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com.

Epilogue (concluding segment):

This alone warrants a Justice Department investigation of my extended ordeal. It would benefit countless moms, dads and families similarly situated. There are tremors of unrest throughout this country which are being ignored. Hardly a day goes by without some child murder, needless suicide or unpredictable homicide traced to these dysfunctional courts. What remains of a stable society is largely made possible by the free exercise of parental liberties and self-governance. It is my fervent hope, therefore, that a powerful movement emerges from my sacrifices that forces our government to pay attention to its own parents.

In the end, my daughters lost a model father, someone who could have continued to develop family pride and helped educate them well beyond the capabilities of their other parent. That parent took father alienation to a whole new low as she recently changed residence with such secrecy that the location of my daughters became unknown. Making matters worse, resort to the courts was long foreclosed due to continuing systemic bias. The endless assignments of jurists to my case made any such resort a painful gesture in futility. If a judge like Daniel King could invent a “prohibited alcohol related gesture” (wedding toast) as a reason to suspend child contact, how could I expect any sanity from the judges who replaced him without correction since his childish December 2, 2013 decision? 

Taken together, it required consideration of an amber alert by a father still subject to child support orders. All of this will needlessly impact the alienator’s new marriage on hate alone. It is a prime example of how dysfunctional family court has become, the newest forms of evil it has spawned, and the vast downward spiral which the lucrative litigation yielded over a fifteen year period. In short, all incentive for financial support has been tortured through corruption. I lost many years of those special moments of child development which can never be recreated, and this heinous outcome arose simply because I hurt the feelings of family court judges.

In raw terms, you can kill a targeted person with a gun or accomplish the same outcome with a drawn-out process that chips away at your existence. Parent alienation is such a process. It is more than a psychological syndrome or human rights violation, it is a proven killer of victimized parents. Whether it be a suicide, terminal illness or some other consequence, the needless separation of a loving parent from his or her children is simply unconscionable. But when forcing the victim to pay for the child abduction through support payments under penalty of lock-up in a debtor prison, it becomes utterly barbaric. 

Judges are quick to overlook this reality as they routinely find breaches of various duties in personal injury cases to achieve million-dollar verdicts. But when greater breaches of ethical duties are presented regarding their own conduct, they cloak themselves with judicial immunity on the rationale that such liability would deter qualified candidates from seeking judgeships. But lawyers crave these prestigious titles, and a judge complying with job requirements has nothing to fear. If anything, this absolute immunity encourages misconduct while politically-appointed oversight commissions fail us time and again.

This literary work is by no means an indictment of our justice system or legal profession. However, it verifies in painstaking detail how a conscientious attorney, model parent and judicial whistleblower can be so ruthlessly punished for his crusade to deliver overdue reforms to our system of family court justice. It serves to illustrate the need for attorney whistleblower protection. Finally, it is directed against the divorce industry and the predators who are dragging it all down to hell, a people’s courthouse reduced to a giant profit center. All this corruption might compel another victim to resort to violence. But I was able to achieve some justice in more constructive ways. My old friend, Sir Walter Scott, gave me sage advice in that regard:

For he that does good, having the unlimited power to do evil, deserves praise not only for the good he performs, but the evil he forbears.

Dr. Martin Luther King urged nonviolent protests, but they are being ignored for court reform and parental rights

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Civil Rights Advocate

As a civil rights attorney, I spent over two decades litigating for victims of race, gender, religion and ethnic discrimination. This included sexual harassment cases when they were unpopular. Many successful verdicts, monetary recoveries and precedent outcomes resulted. But my crusade for justice was not limited to minorities. It also extended to white landowners wrongfully threatened with eviction in the Oneida Indian land claim. Police brutality cases were similarly prosecuted for diverse victims, and I represented a public safety commissioner, police chief and rank and file officers whenever they were falsely accused.

In short, I was motivated to correct injustices to a point where I managed to have a billion-dollar casino compact invalidated on constitutional grounds in New York Supreme Court. The Las Vegas Sun reported it as a David-Goliath battle won by a “small law office” in upstate New York. Among the defense firms in that case was Cravath, Swaine and Moore, one of the most powerful in the world. These achievements earned me praise from federal and state judges. The court transcripts, headline news and published opinions bear this out.

However, when I turned my energies to correcting human rights violations in divorce and family courts, I was viciously targeted. Suddenly, my arguments were incomprehensible, rambling and frivolous after 23 unblemished years. Even I underestimated the wrath of a corrupt regime bent on retaliation for my exposure of corruption involving a judge-lawyer gold mine. In numerous public statements, I cited federal funding abuses and lucrative custody battles that were inciting child murders, veteran suicides and needless parental conflict.

As a consequentially victimized parent, I was then forced to assume the mantra of a judicial whistleblower devoid of legal protection. The horrific ordeal which followed remains unprecedented in modern times. Due to its complexity over a twelve-year period resulting in deprivations of my law practice, father-daughter relationships and a full range of constitutional rights, I was compelled to summarize this ordeal in a recently published book entitled Whistleblower in Paris.

Among the court practices I condemned in that book was the abuse of forensic custody evaluations. Only last week, a blue-ribbon panel appointed by New York’s governor voted to eliminate these evaluations altogether. I made a presentation at a virtual public hearing sponsored by that panel asking for this very outcome, but like the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption (where I also made a presentation), it is doubtful that any genuine reform will be implemented. That is how powerful this gold mine has become.

So, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, I sponsored a three-day event at our nation’s capital in May, 2019. Its goal was to elicit a Justice Department investigation and congressional hearings into the rampant human rights violations and federal funding abuses which continue to be ignored in these custody and support courts. We featured planning sessions, a lobby day among the offices of Congress, expert speakers at a hotel ballroom, a candlelight vigil in front of the U.S. Capitol, and a march down Pennsylvania Avenue under police escort from the White House to the Supreme Court.

All of this was accomplished without incident on a shoestring budget. At least four necessary permits were obtained together with regulatory compliance. Parents came from all parts of the country to register their peaceful protest against divorce and family court corruption. Yet not a single member of Congress responded. Then-president Donald Trump never materialized in front of the crowd assembled at the White House. Not even a representative was sent. The Justice Department weighed in with the same message that parental rights were not even on their radar.

So what is the lesson to be realized from all this? Peaceful protests to benefit parents, children and families of all races, religions and ethnic backgrounds will be ignored. They yield no respect whatsoever while the same politicians beg for our support on election day. Therefore, it’s time for my dear friends struggling against parental alienation, custody abuses and support debtor prisons to take matters into your own hands. Stay away from lawyers and these courts, set aside your custody and support disputes, and keep abreast of fellow victims who need help.

In this way at least, we might succeed in closing the gold mine.

For more information on our cause to preserve parental rights and promote judicial accountability, visit the Citizen Commission Against Corruption website at http://www.citizencommissionagainstcorruption.org, a nonprofit organization seeking to do the job which oversight agencies are not. The office number is (315) 864-8176 or contact Dr. Koziol directly at (315) 796-4000.

And help share this vital message as it is being highly censored.

Seriously? murderers and sex traffickers got Covid checks while cellmate support debtors got nothing.

Here at Leon Koziol.com, we have detailed the corruption to justice, impartiality and equality in our divorce and family courts caused by federal incentive grants and greed-infested lawyers. Now comes the breaking news that, in addition to all the con-artists being prosecuted for aid thefts, convicted prisoners were receiving Covid checks without any requests or con-jobs.

Meanwhile parents who committed no crimes were denied bail reform and ”catch-and-release” practices. Instead their monthly support obligations continued to accrue. Why is no one investigating this widespread violation of human rights? Why is there no media investigative report showing how many suicides, child murders and mental breakdowns were caused by this silent epidemic? Victims are now being forced to take matters into their own hands.

Revolving door incarceration was the reason that Walter Scott fled a traffic stop unarmed from a child support warrant. He was shot dead five times in the back by the South Carolina cop now doing time for the murder in a federal prison. Our government is actually killing for money but BLM is complaining only about racism. You just can’t make this stuff up.


So why did it take so long to expose this Covid corruption in our prisons? No one is asking that question. They’re also not asking whether child murderers are getting checks as well, I.e. the psycho mom doing a life sentence for the murder of 2-year old Gabriella Boyd.

This whole fiasco is the real life version of “crime pays” while law abiding parents who lost jobs and businesses due to the same epidemic continue to be jailed in nearby prison cells for a money debt. By calling it ”child support” did that mean our Constitution could be set aside to resurrect debtor prisons for this class of person? Or is a trillion dollar industry being suppressed and censored from reform and accountability?

Rest assured, as long as the victims remain preoccupied with bowling and ball games as their priorities, this corruption will only grow. One of many examples is the forensic evaluation scam which a blue-ribbon panel condemned this month. But like other window-dressing agencies, do not expect any reform to this gold mine.

Get the details in our last post.

Blue-Ribbon Commission votes to eliminate forensic custody evaluations while ignoring accountability and defective hearings

Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Would it have been such a burden to notify hearing presenters of a report issued on January 11, 2022 by a state Blue-Ribbon Commission on Forensic Custody Evaluations? Instead, a final report was released to media with no indication that many who made presentations at two virtual hearings were respected. Those hearings in September were conducted in haphazard fashion, some presentations without video recognition, and no reply to complaints regarding their conduct by a domestic violence employee.

Welcome to New York, land of useless oversight bodies appointed at taxpayer expense to create an illusion of public accountability. Like the 2013 Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, this so-called blue-ribbon commission assumed the mantra of a window-dressing entity. By a vote of 11-9, it recommended that forensic custody evaluations be eliminated in the state’s divorce and family courts. It also recommended that in the event such evaluations are continued, evaluators be monitored, qualified and stripped of qualified judicial immunity from civil liability.

Of course, none of these recommendations will be adopted by New York Governor Kathy Hochul whose predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, created both the Moreland and forensic panels. His non-elected replacement is being publicly criticized as a state leader who may be worse than her predecessor, preserving that long entrenched “culture of corruption in Albany” which these oversight panels were created to address. But the corruption has only worsened as the “band plays on” in Albany.

There were presenters who identified certain judges, evaluators and wrongdoers but none were mentioned in the report. Moreover, if the evaluators are to be stripped of their immunities from civil liability, i.e. from a consequential child murder, parent suicide or court-induced mental condition, why were judges given a free pass, those who often rubber-stamp the reports of these same evaluators? We all know that lawyers in robes will never consent to waiving their “absolute” immunities as they impose million-dollar judgments for comparable negligence on their litigants.

Therefore, we victims must take matters into our own hands as the time is long overdue for a legislative enactment or constitutional amendment to eliminate that self-protection. Let’s face it, the state’s Judicial Conduct Commission is yet another useless window-dressing entity investigating less than 10% of complaints annually. Civil suits would make up for that void. Besides, if judges are complying with ethics and criminal laws, they have nothing to fear. And you know that few would leave these prestigious posts if immunities were removed to comport with the accountability applied to the rest of us.

This blue-ribbon commission has yet to respond to my complaints, separately submitted from my testimony, which addressed the conduct and outcomes of these public hearings. This includes severe parental alienation caused by judge-appointed evaluators and a requested referral to the Justice Department and state attorney general for a comprehensive investigation. Such disregard in advance of the recent final report shows how state government remains an elitist body far removed from the people being served.

These evaluators, often appointed to yield campaign contributions, have produced horrific outcomes that warrant monetary compensation. When the Moreland Commission was prematurely dissolved by Andrew Cuomo to evade growing evidence, a federal prosecutor seized commission files resulting in federal prison terms for the state’s legislative leaders and a top Cuomo aide. The federal-state corruption investigation known as Operation Greylord ended with the convictions of nearly 100 judges, lawyers, law enforcement and state officials in Chicago.

In contrast, this impotent blue-ribbon panel proved to be yet another political exercise without accountability or reform. And where was any genuine investigative report from our mainstream media despite all the notice given to them? We victims need to join forces and protest government corruption as the population exodus from New York continues to escalate along with the abuses, taxes and overregulation of the people.

Due to the oversight dysfunction, a citizen commission was recently organized as a nonprofit known as the Citizen Commission Against Corruption. Get the details at http://www.citizencommissionagainstcorruption.org or call its office at (315) 864-8176.

Some Court Humor for the Season: “It’s Beginning to look a lot like New Year’s”

IT’S  BEGINNING  TO  LOOK  A  LOT  LIKE  NEW  YEAR’S

Going viral by the minute, this newly published holiday carol is sung by Judge Ive Gotsalot to the music of: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” Enjoy and Share!

It’s beginning to look a lot like New Year’s

Everywhere you go

Take a look at the family courts, lawyers of all sorts

With lots of files and sleezy smiles that grow

It’s beginning to look a lot like New Year’s

Fees for every whore

But the ugliest sight to see is the summons that will be

On your own front door

A kind of go-along suit and a staff that can loot

Is the wish of Cohen & Tale

Pals they can mail who will pay for their bail

Is the hope of clients in jail

And Tom and Chad can hardly wait for the cops to lose their trail

It’s beginning to look a lot like New Year’s

Everywhere you go

There’s a friend that will never tell, one on the bench as well

The dirty kind doesn’t mind the doe

It’s beginning to look a lot like New Year’s

Soon the case will start

And the thing that’ll make it ring is a retainer you will bring

Right within your heart

It’s beginning to look a lot like New Year’s

Fees for every whore

But the ugliest sight to see is the summons that will be

On your own front door

It’s just a new year once more. 

So you want to write a book? Read this to ward off scam artists and disappointment

Dr. Leon Koziol

Author, Advocate and Litigator

Note: An e-mail from one of my followers today sought input on a book idea. Inasmuch as I have authored and published a number of books over the years, both fiction and nonfiction, I was quick to reply so that he could be spared all the predator publishers anxious to prey upon unsuspecting victims. By the time their scams are discovered, it’s too late, and the valuable time and money put into these projects are never recovered. You should share this message with other would-be authors. It’s a short one exposing yet another scam industry.

Dear follower:

Your book idea is an honorable one, but I’m going to take some time aside on a light day to walk you through the project you are proposing with the goal of encouraging you to take up a cause against the publishing industry. Fate?

This will be a fascinating read to say the least based on nearly 20 years of experience. And you are welcome to share it with any like-minded soul who needs real guidance. You can become a lion at the outset instead of the one harmlessly caged in these vital reform movements. 

A book project is a massive undertaking with con-job publishers that take your advance and drop you like a rock. I successfully sued my first one in 2006 for such “minor” errors as upside down pages buried in books sold to third parties. If I did not know one victim personally, I never would have discovered the bad batch.

In addition to my monetary recovery, the AP news feed at the time of first filing eventually put that publisher out of business. The article which started the social media outrage was quite catchy, titled “The next chapter of this book will play out in court.” Ironically if the defense firm did not move that case from state to federal court, the creative reporter would not have discovered it in the docket, a huge tactical blunder.

Amazon was a co-defendant as its parent company believe it or not, and the way the two worked together can show how unsuspecting authors might easily be scammed. It also proves again how many giants I have slayed with merely a stone to benefit “the little guy” before the retributions began for my judicial whistleblowing activity in 2008. 

As an aside, you should check out a 2004 story in the Las Vegas Sun which featured my David-Goliath slaying of a “billion dollar” casino compact against high powered law firms such as Cravath, Swaine and Moore in Manhattan. The publisher’s law firm retained to defend my later case in federal court was similarly high profile.

Despite all this, I did not fare much better with my next three publishers, a small local and two global “vanity” firms.  They proved to be no different than the courts I was writing about (although Voyage to Armageddon was a 2014 novel focused on nuclear terrorism). 

You have to do your best scanning the scammers until you settle on one with a long enough existence. Short term sites can simply reorganize under a different state and corporate title after robbing you blind and being slapped on the wrist. It’s yet another epic con-industry that I got sucked into like so many others that simply wanted to publish a book. 

This experience can be compared to unsuspecting parents who simply want to separate in divorce or family court but without the lawyers, innocent children and millions involved, You might think of my publishing ordeal as another destiny for public accountability. However, I won’t fall into the latest rabbit hole without money or people support. Sound familiar? 

And so, this particular scam industry persists like those who sell “storage” in the tech scam industry, no real warehouse costs or “products” to manufacture using satellites we taxpayers made possible. It can turn greedy profiteers without a conscience into billionaires overnight. 

To be sure, I learn now that it’s Barnes and Noble producing my latest book, Whistleblower in Paris, at an up-charge to the cut taken by my publisher to leave me with a few dollars at best on each purchase. I have yet to receive an accounting or payment on my first quarter sales since its release in July. 

You are surely cognizant that a lot of hard work goes into each manuscript by a good faith author regardless of relevant quality or marketability. But that is precisely what these inept predators prey upon. In my case I could not trust any editing and did it all myself leaving less work for publisher “Author House.” 

Adding insult to injury, I’m doing all the marketing to enrich these giants. Still, it gets better (more hideous). After your book is given great reviews (a five-star rating in my case by Amazon) with no indication anyone has even read your manuscript or published product, suddenly you are inundated with calls and electronic offers of book promotion. 

These minions assure you that your book is a “page-turner” but when you ask the caller if he or she has read anything, you’re referred to a supervisor who allegedly did, only to receive no return call from that unidentified person. And yes, you guessed it, such promotion comes at more cost. It’s an endless “a la carte” menu with no exit from the restaurant you wandered into.

We’re talking about so-called “packages” that range between a thousand to thirty thousand dollars (and more if you’re sufficiently gullible and financially positioned). The “consultants” and marketing “experts” for both the publisher and later con-marketers are largely out-sourced with dialects that leave you gasping for logic. They struggle to speak English, change constantly, and never even read the material which they are incompetent to digest anyway. 

Despite the pathetically obvious in a society that welcomes criminals at our borders, these “publishers” still have the audacity to hire such foreigners for pennies from “branch locations” (their homes) in Singapore, Philippines, etc. I have personally verified all this with sophisticated complaints and yet they continue contacting me anyway. 

I have concluded that the publishers and post-release marketing “firms” are all connected. They obtain your book release from one another or troll for them on-line in a routine spiced with cue card introductions (some by robot). They come across like shameless pigs that snort about for left-overs (easy money). 

They contact you not to buy your book but to con you for more “up front” thousands to simply place an ad in the back section of LA Times (making you think they’re targeting Hollywood film producers) or a 3 am upstart talk show. Yes, this is a “highly sophisticated” service that you could do yourself with better results in a matter of minutes as I have done with local press and a better targeted market.  

If I haven’t entertained you enough already (my belated Christmas gift) and you’re still sincere about getting any book out, you have to navigate this mine field because the real publishers will not pay you the time of day unless you’re famous or represented by a connected agent (at a hefty cost even if they take you). 

The real “traditional” publishers, i.e. Harper-Collins, Penguin, will pay you a portion of royalties with no up-front requirement because, unlike the opinions of cheap, pre-paid foreigners, your manuscript is actually worth something. But even here it could take years to run the gauntlet on quality, editing and defamation risk. Just ask the two Cuomos. 

I’d call this another epidemic, but it does not harm innocent children. So now you want to start a book project, co-producing it no less with all of the additional complications which that brings? And this is only a briefing after, as stated, nearly 20 years of tribulations. It’s only gotten worse with today’s technology and overwhelmed oversight agencies. 

It’s also why I charge a fee for all this, an agent with a conscience. I’m only one person but maybe I could spare others the pain and disappointment. FYI: of course there is the very rare success story among the millions conned. I hope to be one of those success stories but only because I have the requisite drive, skill, experience and highly marketable story.

I put the time into this response because I value your own genuine commitment to me and a vital cause for families abused by the divorce industry. Your modest contributions continue to reap benefits many times over. 

Regards,

Leon

(315) 796-4000

PS: I want to thank the followers who expressed sympathy and future hope regarding the lack of contact from my precious daughters over the holidays. As we know, this is a product of severe parental alienation caused by deranged “custodial parents” and the biased judges who facilitate it for profit and revenue. My ongoing ordeal summarized here at http://www.leonkoziol.com, further supports the drive to expose this epidemic in my latest book, Whistleblower in Paris.

Big Tech, Big Pharma, and Big State combine to suppress a silent epidemic in our nation’s divorce and family courts: You need to get active!

By Leon Koziol, J.D.

Parenting Rights Institute

As a former trial attorney and victim of parental alienation, I have seen first hand the corruption in our divorce and family courts which is leading to escalating carnage among parents, families and innocent children. I took a stand against my profession to end federal funding abuses and human rights violations here that together are causing a silent epidemic.

This epidemic is very real, but due to the lucrative nature of an antiquated child custody system, it is being highly censored in mainstream and social media. This is following the lead of the tobacco and drug industries which have yielded millions of victims with little or no accountability over the past five decades.

Despite full knowledge of the crises they promoted for profit, they went on with their carnage anyway by influencing lawmakers and oversight agencies to turn a blind eye with their astronomical campaign contributions (blood money). Today the same is occurring with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other tech giants who are blocking vital exposures of this epidemic. They have been given free reign to control public thought through immunity laws given them by our government.

My case is a prime example. In 2013 my testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption resulted in a targeting of my law licenses, livelihood and parent-child relationships. In 2016 a family judge gag order on this blog site, http://www.leonkoziol. com, was removed after I challenged it in New York Supreme Court. The same kind of targeting impaired the Parenting Rights Institute. At one time we received thousands of public reactions to our postings. Today we receive only a few.

In May, 2019, I sponsored a three-day gathering entitled, Parent March on Washington. It featured valuable networking among parent activists from around the country, a lobby day in Congress, expert speakers at a hotel ballroom, a march down Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Capitol under police escort, and a candlelight vigil dedicated to the lives lost to this epidemic. No media showed up for any of these peaceful events, and the federal government elected to stay focused on party politics and parent-child separations at our borders.

On July 31, 2021, my latest book, Whistleblower in Paris, was published and made available at Barnes and Noble and major book sellers on-line. It received a 5-star rating on Amazon, but was quickly targeted with all sorts of suspicious impediments. It took two weeks to secure a costly advertisement in a New York newspaper promoting it. The ad was intended to inject real issues being ignored during a family judge election. In the end, it was published only on the day before election. The $1,200 cost was never pursued after weekend runs never occurred.

When I opened a YouTube channel and live talk show earlier this year, my ability to go live was eventually undermined when our message and followers began to grow. The same occurred on Facebook. Despite 5,000 followers accumulated over the years, many repeatedly informed me now that they are blocked from sharing my posts. This was particularly the case with a short video entitled “Hope for Alienated Parents during the Holidays.” A rapid-fire assault on corruption and carnage in these courts, it was released on December 20, 2021 and makes a highly convincing case for parents to stay out of profit-making litigation.

A December 18, 2021 petition on Change.org seeking federal action to end parental alienation has garnered only five signatures as of this posting in contrast with others, less compelling, that report thousands of supporters. My September 23, 2021 testimony before New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on Forensic Custody Evaluations was blacked out on video with no logical explanation despite follow-up e-mails and phone calls.

While the list goes on, this level of suppression, censorship and targeting shows beyond doubt that my public message remains a threat to a gold mine in these courts. I will therefore continue to promote my December 20, 2021 holiday video above designed to give hope to victimized parents. I ask you to do so as well because I cannot do this alone. I have worked hard and sacrificed enough. It’s time for all of us to unite and take action of the kind I have itemized at the conclusion of that 12-minute video.

Yes, this crisis is real, and we cannot sit idle as the carnage grows around us. For more information, you can contact me directly at (315) 796-4000.