By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
Why are there so few judicial whistleblowers? It’s a good question if you’ve ever stopped to think about it, directed to a full one third of our government, the elusive third branch. A single judge can derail an entire act of Congress or a major agenda of the president. In the states, children can be permanently alienated from good parents without so much as an amber alert. No one seems to know who these guys are, media rarely reports on them (perhaps out of fear), and yet corruption flourishes in our courts with little accountability.
That’s because it is a self-regulated profession (lawyers) which controls the judicial branch and pretty much everything else which goes on in America in one way or another. So shouldn’t that translate to a need for greater accountability? According to lawyer Stephen Kohn who wrote the manual on whistleblowers, those who expose corruption on the inside of government produce the greatest savings and benefits for the people.
In the judiciary, the most effective whistleblowers are lawyers, and among those, civil rights attorneys are most reliable when it comes to exposing corruption. Yet to date, there remains no protection for such individuals. A lawyer who exposes corruption can incur orchestrated ethics charges, in my case by exploiting an ex-secretary finally convicted of felonies in 2016.
The public relies on judicial whistleblowers to apprehend judges such as Gerald Garson of Brooklyn or Thomas Spargo of Albany for soliciting bribes in custody and divorce cases. In Morin v Tormey, 626 F.3d 40 (2nd Cir. 2010), a chief family court clerk recovered $600,000 in a federal civil rights case due to judicial retributions for her refusal to engage in “political espionage” directed by a chief judge and family judge who were her supervisors.
However this clerk was an employee and not a lawyer or litigant foreclosed from bringing such lawsuits due to judicial immunity. When it comes to those served by our courts, the rules of accountability change to their detriment. And that family judge, Bryan Hedges, also my custody judge, was permanently removed from the bench after admitting to sexual abuse of his handicapped, five year old niece, In re Hedges, 20 NY3d 677 (2013).
How much of these different forms of corruption is never exposed? The answer is likely astounding for unsuspecting litigants who foolishly pay exorbitant fees for lawyers in cases which are already a “done deal.” And the reason why there are so few judicial whistleblowers to expose this is due to the severe retributions which can be expected. In my case, it was the loss of my children, law office and basic liberties within months of my whistleblower testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption at Pace University in 2013.
The agenda for suppressing whistleblowers or any reform message that harms lawyer profits is to destroy their credibility, make them appear “crazy,” take away their means of sustenance, and incarcerate them if necessary on some made-up or minor allegation. But in my case that agenda took a long time, twelve years and counting, but I’m still standing. A look at my true accomplishments will show why this website, Leon Koziol.com is so highly monitored by ethics lawyers, judges, law enforcement and politicians, i.e. why they are targeting me so viciously.
They cannot take away my accomplishments, but for purposes of my followers and victims of court corruption, such credentials should verify the value of my reform work. For example, I secured judgments in both federal and state court to invalidate a billion dollar casino, the largest in the state, on constitutional grounds. I defeated giant law firms as a sole practitioner including one of the most prominent firms in the nation, Cravath, Swaine & Moore of Manhattan. Look it up for yourself at Oneida Indian Nation v Oneida County, 132 F.Supp. 2d 71 (NDNY 2000) and Peterman v Pataki, 2004 NY Slip Op 51092(U).
With respect to the federal case, so concerned were they regarding a little guy from a small city beating up on the high paid giants that the court opinion has me as co-counsel for a much larger law firm in Syracuse, Bond, Schoeneck & King even though that firm had nothing to do with the victorious client Upstate Concerned Citizens. Its president, Scott Peterman, had no idea who John Dee was or why the firm was listed because it never represented the organization or had any contact with it. But there it is, black and white, true story, and you cannot retroactively amend all those federal reporter texts worldwide to correct it.
I won my first appeal out of law school DeNigro v DeNigro, 543 NYS2d 777 (4th Dept 1989), an interstate divorce case, and secured a restraining order within months of passing the New York bar exam on a $30 million dollar high school project. It caused the new Rome Free Academy to be built at a better location in the Griffiss Technology Park. Again I won alone against Syracuse giant Hancock & Estabrook in 1987. I won my first federal court trial in a sexual harassment case in Currie v Kowalewski, 842 F. Supp. 57 (NDNY 1994)(Currie II).
That case was front page news because we lost the first decision in Currie I (810 F. Supp. 31 (1993) but I won the appeal in Manhattan by unanimous decision of a federal appeals court to secure the final victory. The trial judge was forced to reverse himself on the same trial record, a highly unusual feat which angered him, the same judge who much later dismissed my parenting rights case in Parent v New York, 786 F. Supp. 2d 516 (NDNY 2011). That loss came after my public criticisms of the judiciary began.
Although I could get million dollar projects restrained and billion dollar casinos invalidated in federal and state courts, I could not get a family judge to order phone contact with my daughters after that. Prior to the targeting in cases involving many of the same judges, I secured a $333,000.00 jury verdict which was argued before a Supreme Court Justice (Sonia Sotomayor) when she was a member of the federal appeals court in Manhattan, Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F. 3d 322 (2nd Cir. 2004)(ultimately settled at $220,000.00).
As corporation counsel for that city prior to that time, I successfully sued its mayor to remove gag orders on city employees resulting in another favorable jury verdict in federal court, Koziol v Hanna, 107 F. Supp. 2d 170 (NDNY 2000)(also won by unanimous decision on appeal). I earned a perfect record of acquittals in criminal cases primarily on behalf of those falsely accused by government employers. While I could go on and on, I served the people and my profession without blemish and with distinction for nearly a quarter century. Suddenly when I began exposing corruption and promoting parental equality, nothing I could do was right.
So when you read our site and public positions wondering how the before picture and the later picture can make sense, just read these cases. Then you will know why there are so few judicial whistleblowers. You will also recognize the value in the services we offer at http://www.parentingrightsinstitute.com. Today, a major national news organization requested court documents relating to my recently docketed cases in the Supreme Court and New York Appellate Division. A breaking news story may finally be forthcoming on this highly censored subject.
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Dr. Leon R. Koziol