On December 21, 2010, civil rights advocate Leon R. Koziol submitted a Petition for Writ of Certiorari before the United States Supreme on a constitutional challenge to New York’s custody and support laws. Three principal questions are being raised: 1) whether the state has exceeded a constitutional limit upon child control practices in domestic relations litigation; 2) whether the state promotes institutional discrimination on account of gender in these same processes; and 3) whether the state has impaired the liberty rights of a father and attorney to maintain a paternal family unit and fair participation in our state courts after publicly criticizing abusive and unethical practices. The petition arises from a mandamus and prohibition action dismissed by the high court of New York recently which made these issues ripe for review by our nation’s highest court. The Supreme Court accepts relatively few cases for decision each year, however, this petition features questions of nationwide importance to parents and children. It represents one of many efforts to reform antiquated laws which fleece families of their resources through manufactured controversies. These challenged laws coerce parents to fight over their own children in public courtrooms in lieu of private agreements without government interference. A planning session in New York City early next week seeks to organize a national parenting rights convention and spring rally in Washington D.C. An alternate route to the Supreme Court is well underway in connection with two actions consolidated by a federal court judge last month. A fascinating read, we plan to publish components of Mr. Koziol’s writ to our followers across the country at www.leonkoziol.com in coming weeks.
Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
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