By Dr. Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
I have practiced law in both federal and state courts at all levels for nearly 30 years, and I have never seen anything like this. After exposing corruption in our third branch of government as a judicial whistle blower, I was targeted by family court and ethics lawyers to a point where access to my daughters and law license were harmed.
As a civil rights advocate in 2009, I logically sought recourse for constitutional violations in federal court but was repeatedly thwarted by selective treatment to suppress my reform message. I finally reached the Supreme Court on June 17, 2016 in a case docketed as Leon Koziol v United States District Court, No. 15-1519. Three weeks later, Justice Ruth Ginsburg launched a campaign from chambers attacking Donald Trump in the presidential race.
Mr. Trump had not yet been endorsed by any political party. Hence his free speech had come under fire as a private citizen while my case was focused on a censored website that supported his campaign. Justice Ginsburg was important to my case because it relied upon a number of her decisions. But having come this far, I could not contradict my own principles by ignoring the debacle which played out during the week of July 14, 2016.
So I filed a motion for her recusal (disqualification) together with other necessary relief. It was received on August 9, 2016 but never publicly docketed until today, August 22, 2016, after inquiries I made last week. I was informed that my motion had not yet been located. When it was found, a decision was made to treat it as a “suggestion for recusal.” The other relief sought by my motion under Rule 21 would have to be re-filed separately.
Included in that relief was a requested adjournment of the Court’s conference on my petition until after the elections to permit interested third parties, including Donald Trump, to file briefs in support of my case or to otherwise present their positions. I spoke to Michael Cohen, attorney for Donald Trump, who expressed interest in its outcome. A copy was e-mailed to him but it had not been docketed at the time. Now we await decision.
This is a case important to the presidential race for other reasons. Shared parenting and equality in our nation’s family courts have not been addressed by any candidate even though they impacted everything from Hillary’s Village to Trump’s reforms. These courts have been transformed into a trillion dollar industry at the heart of so many of today’s social, health and productivity issues.
The last time our Supreme Court squarely addressed a parenting issue was in the 1989 case, Michael H.v Gerald D., 491 US 10. This may be our best chance in decades to make a long overdue mark in domestic relations. Hence,on September 17,2016 (Constitution Day), a rally has been proposed at Lincoln Memorial to support this case and oppose corruption. We encourage all victimized families to join us in a message to our national leaders.
Please help us get this message viral. We have been ignored for too long. Get involved. It’s now or never to make this stand for justice and our children.
Dr. Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
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