Join us for a Casual Exchange of Ideas to Improve Government on October 15

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

By Dr. Leon R. Koziol

Author and Civil Rights Advocate

On Sunday, October 15, 2017 between 5 and 8 pm, I will be sponsoring a Community Chat regarding term limits, strategies for making all three branches of government more accountable, and Book Signings for Satan’s Docket . It will occur at my home located at 1336 Graffenburg Road; New Hartford, New York (second left turn off Sherman Drive across from MVCC campus).

Traditionally this website has focused on parental rights and court corruption. As a civil rights advocate and parental consultant, my work has taken me everywhere from Hawaii to Paris. It has resulted in valuable information which can benefit moms, dads and families. You can get it at no charge by simply scrolling down this blog site. You will also find our professional services and programs by clicking onto the pages at the top.

This site, Leon Koziol.com, will now be expanding to cover general topics in the news locally and across the country. You are welcome to contribute your opinions or news tips, confidentially if necessary, at any time. We are presently a small secondary news outlet committed to exposing the issues which mainstream media are suppressing or avoiding. Think of us as a government watchdog enterprise.

Our professional services and programs focused on parental rights and court reform will now be transferred to our new site, Parenting Rights Institute. America’s “Judicial Watch” of the divorce industry, it can now be accessed at http://www.parentingrightsinstitute.com. That entity, founded by me in 2010, was recently purchased by an investor in Manhattan to expand the good work we do for those left behind by our nation’s domestic courts.

Although the manuscript for my new book, Satan’s Docket, was completed only last month, I have decided on an early release due to the Family Judge race in Oneida County (central) New York. I did this because election discourse remains devoid of the real issues confronting the litigants needlessly hauled into these courts for profit. Book store purchases will not be available until well after election day.

A half page advertisement explains this at page 3B of the October 5, 2017 edition of the (Utica) Observer Dispatch and its current on-line version. Another advertisement will appear on Thursday October 12th and a further publication will come in the Sunday edition (October 15). With a copy of any ad or mention of the on-line versions, you will get a $10 discount off the $30 price during any book signing. If you cannot make it, you can purchase a copy on the Satan’s Docket Page of the Parenting Rights Institute website, www.parentingrightsinstitute.com.

Come and share your ideas about improving the delivery of government services or your ordeals as a citizen, litigant or parent. You will learn a lot from this book and it could save you many thousands of dollars in lawyer fees and suffering . It explains how these courts truly work, how they are structured to bankrupt entire families and businesses, and how they can work against the so-called “best interests” of our children.

Today more than ever, it is crucial for all Americans to take action against an epidemic which features escalating violence, immorality and crime everywhere. For additional info and directions, call me personally at (315) 796-4000.

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Senator Chuck Schumer & Leon Koziol at Utica Boilermaker Party Sharing Political War Stories

 

 

An Exorcism in Family Court?

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No, this is not an exorcism or a poor attempt at a Seance. It’s the first ten copies of Satan’s Docket purchased in ten minutes on the day of its release at a popular restaurant, White Lake Inn, in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.

By Dr. Leon R. Koziol

Okay we’ve heard of all the crazy evaluations, forensic reports and even a “parent education” program ordered by judges in our nation’s divorce and family courts, but an exorcism? Was this really ordered by a judge in New York?

Well not quite. But pretty close when an affidavit was filed by a witness in my case requesting exactly that. It sought to have my ex-wife, Kelly Hawse-Koziol, submit to an exorcism for all the evil she was exhibiting in her unbridled agenda to have me replaced as a father by a childless millionaire.

It was also filed in response to all the crazy evaluations being ordered by a pair of feminist judges, and more recently, a trainee judge near the Canadian border, Daniel “Kangaroo” King. The concoctions, outright fabrications and shameless retaliation for my exposure of corruption in these courts made the exorcism request not so crazy when you really got down to it.

I mean, after all, if you can come up with a limitless supply of bizarre orders and psychiatric evaluations by legalized drug dealers, why not an exorcism especially when the proceedings defy logic and conscience? Beyond that, there was certainly enough evil among cases everywhere, and mine in particular, to warrant an exorcism.

Since the time of that affidavit, ethics lawyers engaged in the witch hunt against me were terminated for falsifying their times sheets (the same ones charged with preventing overbilling practices), my custody judge was removed from the bench after admitting to sexual abuse of his five year old, handicapped niece (Bryan Hedges), a chief family court clerk recovered $600,000 for being ordered by my chief administrative judge in Syracuse to conduct “political espionage,” (Morin v Tormey) and my ex-secretary, influenced to create ethics issues in my office, was finally sent to jail last year.

If that’s not Satan in the mix, then I don’t know what is. Now you can read all about it and much more in my early release book entitled: Satan’s Docket: Corruption and Carnage in America’s Divorce Industry. Some have thought the title to be a bit extreme. I was unsure until I met an author at the Whistleblower Summit this past July in Washington D.C. Bradley Birkenfeld spent 30 months in prison for exposing tax evasion schemes. On his release he recovered $104 million under the IRS whistleblower program. His book is titled, Lucifer’s Bank.

Judicial whistleblowers have no such protection. A New Hampshire attorney at the Summit was disbarred for this reason. Her recent book is titled, The Dark Side. So I guess I’m in good company even though I never was disbarred. I am still a member of the New York bar paying registration fees and left in an indefinite state of suspension (longer than a disbarment period) due to my public criticisms. I have never even been accused of any crime.

My book is being released early due to a family judge race in upstate New York (Oneida County) which is devoid of meaningful public discourse on the real issues facing moms, dads, children and victimized families in these courts. It is a phenomenal read. Ten years in the making and nine months in the research and writing phase, you will not want to miss this opportunity.

It is an unprecedented story about a judicial whistleblower forced to seek protection in Paris and the United Nations, a human rights odyssey spiced with intrigue, romance and humor to keep readers attentive to the greater problem. It has two parts, a macro half focused on a nationwide epidemic (Corruption) and a micro half (Carnage) which relates my personal ordeal as a result.

Perhaps most important to my followers is the information value which this book has. Think of it as a crash course in law school on how these courts really work, a “scared straight” program to keep you out of these lucrative tribunals, and it comes from an expert who spent more than 30 years litigating in both federal and state courts.

Get your book now by ordering it at www.parentingrightsinstitute.com. A PDF version can be downloaded immediately for a steal price of only $15. An autographed hard copy can be obtained for $30 which includes tax, shipping and handling. You can also send a $30 check or money order to my name at P.O. Box 8302; Utica, New York 13505. You should receive your copy in the mail within 10-15 business days.

Finally I am sponsoring an open house at my home at 1336 Graffenburg Road; New Hartford, New York where you can check out some of the scenes in my book and exchange war stories with me personally. It is set for this Sunday, October 8, 2017 between 3 and 8 pm.

And by the way, that exorcist thing? A New York judge did actually suggest that he might have to enter such an order. Unaware of the request by affidavit before an earlier disqualified family judge, this one suggested it in 2015 during a settlement conference before heading out to a noon time church service. Facetious at the time but true nevertheless for purposes of this book.

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Dr.  Leon R. Koziol, Director

Parenting Rights Institute

(315) 380-3420

 

A Civil Rights Message to NFL Anthem and Flag Protesters

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Go Ahead NFL, Make My Day ! And it’s no longer Sunday or Monday.

By Dr. Leon R. Koziol

Civil Rights Advocate

There are a million reasons for people to be angry with our government but not a single one to disrespect the American flag. The NFL owners, players and coaches now engaged in some perverted form of “attention” during the National Anthem are not doing their “cause” any good, whatever that cause may be. Do we even know what it is after the various reasons cited since that ex-quarterback from San Francisco got this all started? I have already forgotten his name and his manifesto.

There are, however, a million reasons to stand respectfully and individually during all national anthems. First and foremost, the flag is not so much a respect for our government as it is for our people, those who served our country in foreign wars, those at home who risk their lives each day in the line of duty, and those everywhere who built this great nation. The flag is a symbol of our ideals. We’re not perfect, we never claimed to be, but we have come closest to that impossible goal than any society in history.

I no longer think of football on Sundays. I think of other events and other days like 9-11 when first responders sacrificed their lives in the service of our people and our flag. I think of the day when soldiers died at Iwo Jima while hoisting that same flag in the line of fire. I think of the day when our national anthem was composed by a 35 year old lawyer, Francis Scott Key, during the British naval attack on Baltimore. The list goes on.

If anyone has reason to protest our government, it’s certainly not the NFL owners, players and coaches who have raked in millions of dollars on the backs of our hard-working fans. If anyone has reason to protest, that would be me, a civil rights attorney whose government destroyed my career, reputation and parent-child relationships for exposing corruption in our divorce and family courts. Yet I will always stand during our National Anthem out of respect for my fellow Americans, past and present.

Shocking New Book on Family Court Corruption Now Available: Satan’s Docket

 

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Today we are introducing the new Parenting Rights Institute website and its feature book release, Satan’s Docket: Corruption and Carnage in America’s Divorce Industry. Nine months in the works and 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.

At present this book is the hands of a major publisher with a possible release date early next year. In the meantime it has generated inquiries from a documentary producer and will hopefully lead to an overdue investigation by Congress or the Justice Department into the federal funding abuses in our state domestic relations courts. We will keep you posted on that objective.

While all this was in progress, so were the many family judge elections across the country which promise to expand this epidemic and bring even more harm to future generations. One such election in Oneida County, New York sparked the early release of this uncensored version of Satan’s Docket. Its author resides in that county and became troubled by the lack of vital discourse on the real issues in these courts. In coming weeks, he hopes to change all that through this unprecedented literary work.

Satan’s Docket was authored in an extraordinary way given the difficulty of attracting interest to such a stressful and complex subject. It was a lesson learned from 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. It 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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Support False Claims Lawsuit Against Family Court Facilitators

 

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Parental Rights Advocate Dr. Leon Koziol at Whistleblower Summit, July, 2017 in Washington D.C. with Government Accountability Project (GAP) CEO Louis Clark (left) and Legal Director Tom Devine

 

Dr. Leon R. Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

 As part of its mission to protect parents, children and extended families from abusive and lucrative practices in our nation’s divorce and family courts, the Parenting Rights Institute is seeking financial, legal and expert assistance to prosecute the first ever False Claims Act (FCA) suit against court facilitators who reap huge profits from federal Title IV-D funding.

If you are a follower of http://www.leonkoziol.com, then you are fortunate to have free access to valuable information regarding the suicides, injustices, needless evaluations and parental alienation caused by a federal law which mandates the naming of a custodial parent in order for states to receive billions of dollars in federal money. Because there is no real protection for judicial whistleblowers, the abuses here have never been properly investigated.

Yet we see those abuses in courts across America: child attorneys appointed to pit parents against their children, lucrative conflict in place of agreement and mediation, and political referrals to countless court facilitators who benefit wrongfully from this massive funding law. As Adolph Hitler once stated in his book, Mein Kampf, if you can get the people believing that government is acting for the benefit of their children, they will “happily” give up their rights.

And like the early days of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany, no one is questioning the similar propaganda long asserted in these courts that our family judges and their government contractors (i.e. court appointed evaluators, lawyers and providers) are acting at all times in the “best interests” of our children. Grave statistics are showing that the time is long overdue for an FCA lawsuit that holds such profiteers accountable.

Last year about this time, I had a case pending on a petition for writ before the Supreme Court entitled Koziol v United States District Court, Case No. 15-1513. It was a mandamus/prohibition case challenging federal courts for their failure to hold state courts accountable for federal constitutional violations. In a rare move, our high court accepted my motion for disqualification (recusal) of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg due to her politicking against Donald Trump. However it was treated as a “suggestion” and never expressly ruled upon.  

One of the cases belatedly cited due to its last minute release was Universal Health Services v United States ex rel Escobar, 579 US ___ (June 16, 2016). In that case, our high court permitted an FCA case to proceed against a state health provider due to unqualified professionals who caused the death of a 17 year old girl. The facts were not unlike many of the providers appointed by state judges to treat our children and needlessly stressed moms or dads.

Indeed, in my very own family court case, an un-elected support magistrate (James Gorman) conferred upon me a PhD which I did not earn so that a higher support obligation could be ordered for federal funding purposes. His reviewing family judge (Daniel King) ruled that the error was “harmless” and then gave me a Master degree in its place which I also did not earn. In short, false child support claims are being ordered through evidentiary fictions such as “imputed income” to gain federal money for state courts and contractors.

Accordingly, we are seeking support for a precedent case to be filed in the District of Columbia federal court with whistleblower plaintiffs from different states participating. The beauty of an FCA lawsuit is that such plaintiffs are confidential (sealed) at the filing stage. The U.S. Justice Department is then required to evaluate the lawsuit for purposes of prosecuting it on behalf of the victims and whistleblowers.

In my case, identity no longer matters because my named abusers and adversaries have already retaliated against me in every sadistic way. But for others, such an action is known as a qui tam lawsuit, meaning that the proven whistleblowers may receive a percentage of monies recovered by the Justice Department. This lawsuit could not come at a better time with a new administration anxious to cut needless spending while draining the swamp.  

To give you a feel for the kind of recovery which may occur, the state of New York recently settled a Medicaid fraud lawsuit for $10 billion. During my recent participation in the National Whistleblower Summit and Civil Rights Conference in Washington D.C., I met Bradley Birkenfeld who recovered $1.4 million individually in an IRS whistleblower act case after serving nearly three years in prison in retaliation. His book entitled, Lucifer’s Bank, turned out to be surprisingly similar to mine, Satan’s Docket, which will hopefully be ready for publication this fall.

Of course, to make such a lawsuit possible, funding and resources are needed. If you are “broke” with nothing serious to offer, you will only be hurting our cause by contacting us with endless war stories. If you are seriously committed to raising the funds for a qualified review, research and legal representation behind this lawsuit, feel free to contact us at Parenting Rights Institute at (315) 380-3420.

Yes, my adversaries may have destroyed all my means for assisting victims of government abuse, but my accomplishments speak louder than their retributions. They include a New York Supreme Court action in which I successfully invalidated a billion dollar casino operation. Discover more about my background and what we offer at http://www.parentingrightsinstitute.com.

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Things will only get worse when we fail to act and unite.

 

Satan’s Docket: Welcome to Mob City Utica, New York

SHOCKING  BOOK  IS  NOW  AVAILABLE,  DETAILS  AT  www.parentingrightsinstitute.com. 

By Dr. Leon R. Koziol

“For as long as can be remembered, people have been pleading for a lawyer to take a conscientious stand against his profession; to slay an evil which has lurked there for too long. And when that person finally arrived, they crucified him.”    Original

There can be no better depiction of my ten year ordeal exposing corruption of children, parents and families in our nation’s domestic relations courts. Prior to taking a stand against those who made a living bankrupting entire families through orchestrated conflict, I had an unblemished 23 year record as a successful civil rights attorney. Today, the retributions have cost me my children, licenses and livelihood to the point of seeking human rights protection in Paris.

It’s all been suppressed in the news or misrepresented by a cult of judges issuing defamatory decisions in upstate, New York. And now the story will finally be told in a book set to be released this fall entitled, Satan’s Docket. I was not sure of that title but it came out by accident in one of my chapters where I warned my readers to reconcile, mediate or surrender their petty custody and support issues to avoid being placed on Satan’s Docket.

However after spending a few days in our nation’s capital networking with fellow whistleblowers and best selling authors, I came across such published titles as Lucifer’s Bank and The Dark Side. It was then that I knew I had my story right, from ethics committee witch hunts to my pedophile custody judge removed from the family court bench, it was all there like another plot for the blockbuster movie, Devil’s Advocate.

Over the course of my originally uncontested divorce, over thirty-five, that’s right 35 trial jurists were removed from my case, some from the bench altogether, a record among courts across America by my research. Due to my controversial litigation over the years, you would think that the witch hunt was executed by jurists in my home county. But ironically they all pretty much did the right thing by stepping down at the outset.

I continue to be censored for my public criticisms, most particularly for my 2013 testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption at Pace University. Since that time multiple license reinstatement applications have been denied through opposition reports citing that testimony with exhibits containing reproduced website postings at www.leonkoziol.com.

Prior to being terminated as the principal ethics lawyer working against me (for falsifying his time sheets), Steve Zayas declared to the licensing court that year that his Committee (the “unethical ethics committee” as I called it) would oppose my reinstatement as long as I continued my public criticisms. That has left me in a suspended state exceeding the seven year term for disbarred convicted felons.

I have never been disbarred, still paying my registration fees as a member of the New York bar, and I have never even been accused of a crime, child abuse or found guilty of malpractice. I completed a six month license suspension many years ago caused by a secretary in my office (sent to jail last year on felony convictions). She was influenced by outsiders to tamper with office mail and keep court appointments off my calendar.

The Third Department ethics court nevertheless held me responsible for her supervision while taking no similar action against fellow members of the court or their appointed ethics committee for supervisory duties regarding the three ethics lawyers they allowed to resign quietly for falsifying their time sheets. And that would entail misappropriation of public money, right? Not even a criminal charge?

While I could go on and on, the book tells it all in 22 chapters and over 108,000 words destined to become a documentary someday. At least that’s what I’ve been told by experts at the National Whistleblowers Summit this past week in Washington D.C. Sadly the collateral damage was inflicted upon my innocent daughters and victims of government abuse still awaiting my return to the “profession.” Since 2010, I remain amazed at the number of people still seeking my services. I could not win everything that came to me over a stellar career but I always remained dedicated to my clients.

To make my book appealing to a broader market, I spiced up the plot with excerpts of high profile cases. In it, I heap praise on most of the characters unconnected with the witch hunt, even former enemies. I can think of only a few locals that I have exposed negatively. Utica Mayor Ed Hanna and city lawyer Linda Fatata come to mind. This chapter brings out some of my local history for those of you across the country who have wondered about it. Entitled, A Wedding to Die For, I introduce Satan like she has never been seen before. Here is that excerpt:

Kelly Hawse and I met in 1998 at a place called Babe’s Macaroni Grill and Bar, an Italian restaurant in a predominantly Italian populated city. Once known as “Sin City of the East,” Utica, New York had a dubious distinction as a rust belt city mired in mafia lore.

A high number of mobsters were discovered to be from Utica at the infamous Appalachian summit of 1957. While many mafia enclaves closed after that sting operation, this one survived well into the nineties and quite likely into the present century.

Outside investigations of corruption triggered by the Appalachian arrests revealed that city police and county prosecutors were ignoring the gambling, prostitution and racketeering which were rampant here. Convicted murderer, Joseph Valachi, testified at a U.S. Senate hearing that from eighty to a hundred members of the mafia were from Utica. News reports featured shootouts, car bombings, ambushes and gruesome murders that would rival the Middle East today.

While attending law school in Illinois, even my classmates from Al Capone’s city of Chicago could not get enough of my stories, not so much because they tracked the ones in the Godfather movie but because they were real and current, three murders in a single month.

A young lawyer, Joseph Dacquino, was found tied to a chair and lifeless in the law office basement of a criminal defense attorney who had defended figures linked to organized crime. Speculation abounded that the victim was an FBI informant, mistaken for his boss or in the wrong place at the wrong time. [1]

Many years later, that boss, Louis Brindisi, would advise against my challenges to a corrupt court system during a private exchange at his former restaurant in Saratoga Springs. His practical advice was based on a preference for keeping a law license over child contact because a whistleblower like me could end up in jail without commission of any crime.

He knew the system as well as any lawyer but possessed a street character about him which elevated the value of his advice. And how correct he was. He was related to the judge whose wife commended our wedding.

One year after that wedding, I won a First Amendment trial as former Utica corporation counsel with Louie on the other side. [2] Front page newspaper photos featured Kelly in a pregnant state alongside me on the front steps of the federal courthouse after the jury verdict was announced.

My daughter was actually there to witness her daddy make precedent. Her mom could probably verify the kicks inside her each time my little girl celebrated an objection ruled in my favor. It was all but delivery time when the verdict was read aloud and she could hear it.

Our attending nurse at the hospital may have confirmed a likelihood that my unborn little girl could hear that verdict. Otherwise her prior opinions regarding the sonograms would be fraudulent. On one occasion, she concluded that our little girl was playing hide-and-seek with mommy and daddy as she visited or ducked the screen.

In the courtroom, my daughter must have guessed from her exclusive vantage point that her dad had brought together a highly intriguing cast of characters for her entertainment, stories she could one day share with her friends in high school.

They included a reputed mobster lawyer, a multi-millionaire mayor renowned across the country for his Trump-like battles, and a highly respected, veteran lawyer assisting her dad who would later become legal counsel for the Woodberry pool club with her mom as a director and her future sister an avid patron.

United States District Court Judge David N. Hurd presided over the case. A serious minded federal jurist, he was easy to spot in any crowd even without a robe. Prior to assuming the bench, he resembled one of the Kennedy brothers, John or Bobby, and Ted by the time he got this case.

Louie was at an opposing trial table with city lawyers that included John Dillon, Utica’s corporation counsel during these proceedings who would also sue the city he worked for ten years later. In Pearce v Longo, [3] he recovered $2 million in a parent murder-suicide case involving a city police investigator after he left support court. That horrific event, needlessly fomented by divorce contests, morphed into a local movement to prevent domestic violence.

In addition, there were notable persons not at my trial who were monitoring it closely. They included Tim Julian, the replacement mayor who I had named in a race discrimination case. That litigation had just begun in the same court before the same judge resulting in a verdict of $333,820.32 one year later.[4] I argued that verdict in Manhattan before Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Another six figure jury verdict arose after that one as my cases against the city grew over time.

Tim’s brother, Robert Julian, was also undoubtedly glued to news reports of this trial. Highly influential in politics, he held prominent positions during a stellar career as a personal injury attorney. He served a term as state Supreme Court justice and more recently represented my disgraced custody judge, Bryan Hedges. From the first day of jury selection to the last day of trial, front page news provided all the daily drama. Some background is therefore in order.

On December 4, 1996, a horrific fire erupted in a multi-floor building on Bleecker Street in east Utica. Firefighters sent into the building were soon trapped on an upper floor when the one below it was by-passed in the rush to get to the assumed source. The temperature on the one below reached a level that produced a flashover, in lay terms a mass fire eruption caused by temperatures reaching a kindling point.

It left firefighters above scrambling to escape. Crawling, blinded by smoke and suffocating to their deaths, only miracles allowed them to get out alive. But the injuries, scars and traumas were indescribable. At the time, my boss, the city’s mayor, was in a heated battle with the fire department over budget cuts which were quickly cited as a factor.

It attracted national attention. Utica’s arson rate was growing to twice the national average and three times the state average. At its worst, when I was city corporation counsel, the Utica Fire Department was battling as many as three fires a night with nearly half ruled as arson.

I can still remember working on a risk management report in City Hall late one night when fire sirens were going off in multiple parts of the city. Due to threats I had received because of that report, I would be extra careful when accessing my car alone in the basement garage. A close friend and city marshal would demand a call each time I did so that he could escort me safely.

I was also extra careful with the report’s final conclusions and recommendations. I wanted to assure all concerned that they were based on fact and not the political agenda of the mayor. His name was Edward A. Hanna, and he had appointed me the city’s top lawyer…

Stay tuned for more in this series of posts I call: Satan’s Series

Footnotes:

[1]   Rocco LaDucca, Mob Files Day 7: How it all ended, (Utica) Observer Dispatch, May 9, 2009

[2]   Koziol v Hanna, 107 F. Supp. 2d 170 (NDNY 2000)

[3]  766 F. Supp. 367 (NDNY 2011)

[4]  Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F. 3d 322 (2nd Cir. 2004)

Law Enforcement’s Role in Judicial Whistleblowing and First Amendment

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Boston Area Homicide Detective Ken Williams exchanges valuable information with Parental Advocate Dr. Leon Koziol regarding judicial whistleblowing cases at a dinner meeting near the White House in Washington D.C.

By Dr. Leon R. Koziol

Continuing with our series on the Whistleblowers Summit and Civil Rights Conference in Washington D.C. last week, I had occasion to network with a variety of experts on the subject including Ken Williams, a Boston area homicide detective. He provided valuable insights from a law enforcement perspective on how to protect oneself from false prosecutions and assembling evidence for valid convictions.

On conclusion of this particular panel discussion, I asked whether there was any special protocol for investigations of judicial corruption. I cited my pedophile custody judge, Bryan Hedges, widespread misconduct ignored in my case, Operation Greylord in Chicago where federal judges were prosecuted while I was in law school, Gerald Garson and Thomas Spargo, New York Supreme Court Judges sent to prison for soliciting custody and divorce bribes in 2007, and the Kids for Cash Scandal in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Williams could relate no particular protocol in judge cases but seemed to recognize that this was a very sensitive area for judicial whistle blowers. Another speaker, civil rights attorney Stephen Kohn, an expert in this field, recently published a book which I purchased and discussed with him. In that book, Steve paints a scary picture of whistleblowers who routinely lose their jobs, reputation, homes and life’s savings as a result of this crucial exercise of First Amendment rights in a self-governing nation.

However I could find few examples in either his book or among conference attendees which exceeded mine, the retributions inflicted upon me for exposing corruption in the divorce industry. My ordeal is necessarily detailed in my upcoming book, Satan’s Docket, a memoir of my civil rights litigation over a thirty year period which also provides a valuable handbook for parents impacted in our nation’s divorce and family courts. Ultimately, through this book, I am hoping to secure a federal investigation into my case and reform of Title IV-D funding abuses to make shared parenting a reality.

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Dr. Leon R. Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

(315) 380-3420