By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
Cynthia Nixon, candidate for New York governor is calling on incumbent Andrew Cuomo to initiate a probe of corruption in state government. This comes on the heels of guilty verdicts involving SUNY Polytech Institute ex-president Alain Kayloyeros and developers connected to the Buffalo Billions Scandal.
As a former student body president at Polytech’s Utica-Marcy campus and a victim of corruption in nearby New Hartford, New York, I applaud the gubernatorial candidate in her calls for reform. However, nowhere in her public statements outside of a Manhattan federal courthouse does she mention that third branch of government known as the judiciary.
Fresh from her successful endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez in an upset primary victory over long time Congressman Joseph Crowley, Nixon is hoping to do the same against Cuomo. A long shot at best, Nixon might still shock the world if she wins upstate together with a probe which, like the 2013 Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, implicates the governor in the scandals around him.
As a judicial whistleblower speaking at the Moreland Commission hearings, I exposed corruption in New York’s divorce and family courts. Within three months of that presentation, I lost contact with my daughters and was denied reinstatement of my law license. During the same year, ethics lawyers in Albany engaged in the witch hunt against me were allowed to resign quietly for falsifying their time sheets without any criminal or ethics prosecution brought against them.
This past week I obtained a sworn statement from a former client disclosing certain lawyers in Utica who participated in the 2008 witch hunt that led to my first license suspension after 23 unblemished years of practice. They sought him out at his place of employment to testify falsely about a case I successfully litigated during the nineties.
This former client was recently the victim of a sting operation by federal marshals at his brother’s home for child support delinquencies. Yes, you read that correctly. He nearly died of kidney failure after spending six months in county jail for a child support debt. Another father, Walter Scott was shot dead in the back five times unarmed while fleeing a child support debt. Meanwhile, Cuomo and other liberals are protecting illegal immigrant parents from being separated from their children.
This is the extreme to which our judicial branch has gone to destroy legal parents, veterans and especially dads in a gender biased “system.” The Census Bureau continues to report that 85% of all parents paying child support are men, and nearly one out of every five inmates in our nation’s prisons are “dead beat dads” (a still advertised sexist slur).
As a civil rights attorney, I won many race and gender discrimination cases, even representing a former president of the National Organization for Women. But when I turned my energies to end father discrimination in the same courts, I was subjected to severe retaliation. I sought to protect all parents from corruption of the worst kind, like my family court judge, Bryan Hedges, removed from the bench after admitting to sexual abuse of his handicapped five year old niece.
On Friday, July 13, 2018, Governor Cuomo sought to distance himself from the Buffalo Billions convictions much like he sought to distance himself from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Leader Dean Skelos after they were similarly convicted following their exposure at the Moreland Commission hearings (which the same Cuomo prematurely closed). Here is what New York’s current governor had to say:
Can you stop people from doing stupid things? No. Can you stop people from doing venal things? No. But you can have a system in place which that says, if you do something wrong, we will be as aggressive as the law allows in prosecuting you?
Seriously Andrew? Tell that to all our family and divorce court victims, the ones repeatedly thrown out of those same federal courts after seeking recourse for constitutional violations. Tell that to suicide victims, persecuted whistleblowers and alienated parents.
If you want to prosecute for stupidity, tell that to the state’s Commission on judicial Conduct which merely slapped the wrist of Utica City Judge Gerald Popeo in 2015. He was found guilty of wrongful incarcerations using such threats from the bench “to wipe that smirk off” a litigant’s face. He was excused of a so-called joke to an African-American attorney that downstate blacks refer to upstate blacks as “country niggers.”
And now this criminal judge has somehow managed to become assigned as an “Acting Family Court Judge” to my child support case. It is part of an ongoing scheme to incarcerate me on false pretenses after 39 prior judges were disqualified or removed from my originally uncontested divorce case, a national record by most accounts. A stand-off is forthcoming as I refuse to submit to this kind of judge and judicial “system.” I may even end up like former Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer.
If Cythia Nixon is truly sincere in her convictions and not just a politician little different from her opponent, she will look into judicial corruption and the failed Moreland Commission which also led to a quick cover-up of Cuomo’s child support issues. She should read the case involving the administrative judge in Syracuse who assigned all those judges to my case, including Popeo. In that case, a chief family court clerk recovered $600,000 due to unlawful retaliation for her refusal to engage in political espionage, Morin v Tormey, 626 F.3d 40 (2nd Cir. 2010).
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
We are fortunate as a nation to celebrate a day dedicated to half the parenting population, fathers who have been responsible for bringing us a well rounded family life, men who sacrificed their lives overseas and in our communities to assure that our children are free and safe, dads who got up for work each day, putting in long hours to make a better life possible for future generations.
Unfortunately our government is systematically eroding this tradition of fatherhood. Mothers are next, growing in number as alienated parents. It won’t be long before parenthood itself is institutionalized as education was or extinguished altogether as part of this New World Order. It is being done today through federal incentive grants which remove dads, good and bad, from our children’s lives, an antiquated custody framework for divorce and family courts which entices needless but lucrative court battles, a collection of predators that destroy children and steal their college funds.
While liberal politicians across the country support illegal immigration for purposes of preserving parent-child relationships, no one is calling for the preservation of legal parent-child relationships for our own citizens in these courts. And as the propaganda and corruption grow, so do the crime, drug abuse, suicides and teen pregnancies. The state’s destruction of fatherhood for profit is the primary cause of all that and more. For my part, as a long time civil rights attorney and model parent, I took up a cause ten years ago to end this horrific epidemic in favor of shared parenting laws. It led to unprecedented retributions from New York’s judicial branch of government. This is where all the profiteers and custody beneficiaries reside.
Today I received a telephone call from my teen daughters. I’ve been removed from their lives for the past four and a half years due to my testimony against this corrupt system before the 2013 Moreland Commission on Public Corruption at Pace University. I exposed judge fabrications, abuses of Title IV-D funding, my administrative judge successfully sued for “political espionage,” and my custody judge removed from the family court altogether for sexual abuse of his handicapped five year old niece. Within three months I lost my daughters based on such concoctions as a “prohibited alcohol related gesture” (wedding toast). I have never been charged with a crime, never been contacted by any child protection agency, and never been found to be an unfit parent.
How different things could have been had the state’s “custodial parent” stayed out of court. The real mom died in spirit long ago. But she was simply ignorant beyond comprehension, putting her status and money interests over that of our daughters. She went through at least five lawyers, 41 trial judges, twelve years of mutually destructive court proceedings, spent untold amounts in lawyer fees and court costs that could have been put into a college fund, she obtained no increases in so-called “child support,” our original divorce judge in our originally uncontested case made a ruling after three years that our original separation agreements were fair and proper under the support standards acts, and the reputation damage she incited can never be repaired.
In the end, Kelly Hawse-Koziol took no blame in the psychotic manner which only family court can teach. And still, like the proverbial “energizer bunny” or “bull in a china closet,” she presses on. I guess she knew more about these courts as a school teacher than I did despite my 23 unblemished years as a trial attorney which yielded such a promising future for my girls. And yet she manages to assuage her guilty context, her many perjuries, and greed-infected frauds on our courts by explaining it all away with a straight face. Just how much negative attention is enough? She started all this despite all my warnings and takes no responsibility for the well predicted outcomes.
Nevertheless, I press on as well so that my daughters and their children will not have to suffer as we did. Today, after all this, we can continue, business as usual to the glee of incompetent lawyers (you would be shocked at the clear malpractice of her latest one), or exit this “Satan’s Docket” once and for all. In the latter context, with proven resourcefulness, I may still be able to salvage a better future for two innocent girls.
By Dr. Leon Koziol, Director
Parenting Rights Institute
It’s bound to happen. Some day soon, a falsely accused, financially abused or wrongfully incarcerated father is going to unleash on some judge, law office or family member to bring overdue attention to an ever growing level of corruption in our nation’s divorce and family courts. Until the perpetrators of greed and back room deals are made to feel like the victims they create, this corruption and its suppression from public knowledge will continue unabated.
The signs of it are everywhere: a police investigator in Utica, New York committed a murder-suicide after exiting support court leaving four children without parents. In one news report, the local district attorney remarked that he had been dealing with that officer on the morning of his killing in a routine way. He even described him as unusually jovial, nothing that could offer any sign of pending disaster.
Years later, the best they could do to prevent such horrific violence is to start a fundraiser against domestic violence. Of course, that will change nothing. Indeed violence is on the rise in countless ways, most of it suppressed from public knowledge because the preventers are focused on the leaves and branches as opposed to the root of this crisis.
That root is court corruption fueled by greed, politics and lawyer-induced conflict for profit. And this corruption is rampant not only because of protected misconduct but also a giant structural flaw in the court process. We have an antiquated child custody system in the vast majority of states which causes parents to fight needlessly over their children. Shared parenting is opposed by the bar associations, drug companies and other special interests because it is not lucrative and would result in a virtual elimination of federal Title IV-D funding to the states.
And so the carnage continues in the form of violence not only among the court combatants but also among children and fatherless teens who have little or no moral fiber. They’re now shooting up our schools while outraged victims again focus on the wrong cause in the way of repealing our Second Amendment right to bear arms. We have a society degenerating to a barbaric form like we have never seen before. More than ever in modern times, we the victims must therefore protect ourselves even from our own government. That was the primary reason for this Amendment.
When Thomas Ball burned himself alive in front of a Keene County, New Hampshire courthouse, he was protesting father discrimination and CPS abuses. He even left behind a manifesto on how to incite a revolution through the use of such easy-to-make weapons as a Molotov cocktail to throw into court buildings and government offices. In the case of police investigator, Joseph Longo, it was much easier. After they confiscated his weapons, issued all the usual protection orders and finished off his career reputation, Joe simply resorted to a common kitchen knife, and it cost the City of Utica $2 million in wrongful death recovery for the children.
Seriously? What else did they think the city could have done to prevent this travesty? Or is this just the latest form of child support? You might think so after another police officer killed a parent but in a more shocking way. An unarmed African-American dad fleeing a child support warrant at a traffic stop in South Carolina was shot dead in the back five times by a white cop. It was not racist as much as it was father abuse because the murderer’s black partner who came upon the scene moments later simply cuffed the dying dad without performing any CPR. It was all captured on a by-stander i-phone in 2015. The children of that victim, Walter Scott, recovered $6 million from the City of North Charleston.
Still the carnage escalates along with corruption. Our Census Bureau continues to report that nearly 85% of all parents paying child support are men. One out of every five people on countless warrant lists are child support debtors. Nearly all are fathers. Twenty-two veterans are committing suicide each day, a vast number of which are influenced by divorce and family judges. If those were employment statistics for women, they would be rioting all over America.
So why has no politician or news organization declared the blatantly obvious War on Fathers? The result of society’s inaction and father persecution is violence on an ever hideous scale. Many would call it self-defense to an oppressive government operation. Debtor prisons? Custody “wars?” Lawyer induced perjury and false accusations? In my two decades as a trial attorney and another one as a victimized dad, I have reported bribery, overlooked misconduct and caused the removal of nearly 40 trial jurists from my originally uncontested twelve year divorce, a judicial record by most accounts. Yet not one court has made mention of this in its decisions.
Perjuring mothers suffer little or no consequences despite the clear crimes being committed while “dead beat dads” are being locked up for non-criminal money debts for six months, and as much as seven years under federal non-payment laws. These are longer than countless sentences given to violent felons. How much more can a discriminated class of parents sustain before it acts out? In the case of Investigator Longo, I described his reaction as a product of a dysfunctional, senseless and abusive child control system. When he could obtain no fair ruling from our courts, he took the so-called “law” into his own hands and issued his own ruling of sorts. It was a final one with no right of appeal.
Crucial Note: This site, Leon Koziol.com, has had a family court gag order imposed on it, later removed when the judge was sued in New York Supreme Court. It has also been monitored and exploited to harm the author and his vital message. Therefore it is important for the sake of parents, families and children everywhere that you help us share this post and donate to our cause. You can call us at our office at (315) 380-3420 or Dr. Koziol personally at (315) 796-4000.
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
Judicial misconduct is the most censored, least publicized and gravest aspect of our federal, state and local governments. You can simply ignore it and move on to your next on-line entertainment, but chances are it will find you especially in our nation’s domestic relations courts. So read further and share this post. It may be the most important one you will read in a long time.
The judiciary is our least accountable branch of government. Anyone who dares to reform it can expect severe retributions with no recourse. Judges enjoy absolute immunity for their reckless and even malicious acts. Judicial conduct commissions from New York to California are window dressing entities influenced by politics, typically investigating less than 10% of complaints.
So what does that mean to you? How do you know if your case is not already fixed, rigged or bought-off? You’re spending thousands, even millions of dollars in lawyer fees while your judge has already decided against you due to a bribe or political influence. Are you shocked by that, naive about the people in robes? Well here at Leon Koziol.com and Parenting Rights Institute, we have generated shocking examples of judicial and lawyer misconduct from our work all across America.
We are an up and coming “Judicial Watch” for divorce and family courts, doing the work where our oversight commissions are failing us. Currently we are soliciting investors and donors to upgrade our effectiveness. We will come into your community, home or court to monitor your case and seek accountability for any misconduct. As Director of Parenting Rights Institute with nearly 30 years of trial experience in both federal and state courts, I am dedicated to exposing corruption. It may be the only way you can secure true justice and turn things around.
We offer a Court Strategy Program to keep you from being abused and a team of experts to expose corruption in your case if it exists. It is well worth your while, for the sake of your children if nothing else. Look us up at www.parentingrightsinstitute.com, call our office at (315) 380-3420 or contact me personally at (315) 796-4000 to expose your injustices. Then take a look at this shocking excerpt of misconduct from a book manuscript I wrote for a divorce victim (you may wish to contract with us to write your own book or memoir):
Examples of court corruption are provided throughout my work for victims nationwide. Many are quietly suppressed and “read like a docket sheet in any criminal court.” That is what I declared publicly time and again. Yet the public continues to hold judges beyond reproach. The fallacy of that belief was well demonstrated by my custody judge who was also declared by lawyers as “beyond reproach,” at least until he was removed from the bench after admitting to sexual misconduct on his handicapped five year old niece: In re Bryan Hedges, 20 NY3d 677 (2013).
One of the shocking cases cited to make my point, and the need for meaningful accountability, involves a New York Supreme Court Judge in Brooklyn caught on camera taking a bribe from a divorce lawyer. It was part of a scam to shift custody from a mother to an influential father. Had the feisty mother not convinced the FBI to act upon her evidence, this judge, Gerald Garson, would still be dispensing “justice.” It begs the question: how many other such judges and cases are there? What can explain Tamara’s bizarre case? We let you decide as our story continues.
The conviction of Judge Garson for federal crimes was actually not the most shocking part of his case. Due punishment was compromised by judges and lawyer colleagues supporting his early release in 2009. Now you have to ponder that for a moment. If Garson’s colleagues are still backing him after a crime which goes to the heart of our justice system, what does that say for their tolerance of corruption generally? Isn’t this where precedent is set and examples are made?
While the “Honorable” “Justice” Gerald Garson was busy generating unreported income through an abuse of judicial office, another New York Supreme Court Judge, Thomas Spargo, was busy securing a bribe against a father arguing a client case before him. At a dinner conversation, he requested $10,000 to help defray the cost of legal fees needed to defend against judicial misconduct charges pending against him at the time.
Like Judge Garson, you have to ponder that as well. Judge Spargo was already being prosecuted for judicial misconduct and resorted to more serious behavior to get out of it. He referenced this lawyer’s own divorce which might be transferred to him. The pressure was not uncomplicated. Play ball or else. I suppose the lawyer could have won his divorce for a nominal “fee” to this judge when compared to a contested case. He was placed in a real quandary, deciding ultimately to report the crime only after taking steps to avoid false claims that could cost his law license.
Chief Justice Sol Wachtler of New York’s high court was imprisoned for numerous crimes during the nineties. In his book, After the Madness, he explained that judges are made to believe that they are gods. Such deep rooted convictions do not disappear. Judge Wachtler went so far as to direct paid court staff to dig up grounds for preventing licensure of a New Jersey lawyer assisting the judge’s mistress to discover a man making extortionist and kidnapping threats involving her daughter. That elusive man turned out to be the judge himself.
Then there’s that family court judge in the state of Michigan, the “Honorable” Wade McCree, whose case defied all manner of ethics. He admitted to adulterous sex in chambers with a litigant mother while presiding over her child support case. Judge McCree was removed from the bench for all sorts of misconduct involving numerous cases only after the affair (and pregnancy) was confirmed. The father, placed on a tether for support arrears during this affair was denied recovery for the horrific misconduct by a federal appeals court on grounds of judge immunity.
These and other cases are easily found on the internet to verify a judicial corruption epidemic of undefined proportion. Most people view judges as honorable office holders committed to justice, equality and all that other good stuff we read about in high school civics classes. But behind the black robes, in the recesses of chambers and among discreet exchanges in restaurants, bars and golf courses, there is often quite another set of characteristics at play.
Bias, coercion, schemes, scams, deal-making and outright crimes are taking place which violate all manner of ethics formally placed in our judicial codes. In our nation’s domestic relations courts, such corruption is taken to the next level under a pretext of family confidentiality, thereby concealing the misconduct and protecting a trillion dollar industry built on needless conflict.
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John’s University Professor Anthony Pappas, now representing himself, explains how he was fleeced of $2 million in lawyer fees in a 12 year ongoing divorce having no custody or child support issue. Once you show a lawyer your financial statements as you must in any contested action, they learn how much they can charge. They will take every last dollar if you let them.
By Dr. Leon Koziol
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It’s hard to believe but true! Roseanne Barr was removed from her reboot television show due to a single racist tweet. But in our courts of law where we would least expect such shocking behavior, a New York Commission on Judicial Conduct decided to merely censure an upstate city judge for a lot more. He was not removed but excused for more serious racist remarks to an African-American attorney. He joked that New York City blacks think of upstate blacks as “country niggers.”
This reckless and arrogant judge caused one of my former African-American clients to attempt suicide in a city jail cell for minor (targeting) nuisance charges that were later dismissed by a jury. He even threatened a violent act from the bench to another litigant. His name is Gerald Popeo, and he was recently assigned to my family court case to complete the retaliation for my public criticisms after 39 prior trial jurists were removed from my 12-year originally uncontested divorce case.
Where is the outrage to all this from ABC, or any other news medium for that matter? Will Facebook and other secondary media suppress this story as well? A major stand-off is forthcoming after Judge Popeo lied in a decision on my motion for his removal. He lied in the same manner that he denied the racist remarks in Utica City Court. For the sake of all people, victimized parents and our precious children, let us overcome that censorship of us ‘”little guys” in society. Help make this story viral. Contact ABC news, NAACP, your elected officials, etc.
Here’s that story at http://www.leonkoziol.com published only weeks ago:
If you’ve been following my family court matters in recent months, you already know about a racist judge in the City Court of Utica, New York who was assigned as an Acting Family Judge on my never ending custody and support matters. He is Trial Judge #41, a judicial record by most accounts, and he was assigned despite a recent censure by the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct after a hearing judge concluded that he had made racist remarks to an African-American attorney, threats from the bench and abuses of contempt powers in violation of due process.
The Commission Chairman dissented and voted to remove Judge Gerald Popeo altogether as a judge because such misconduct cannot justify continued deliberations for the diverse people served by our courts. So how did this local city judge suddenly end up on my case after judges from as far away as Oswego (Lake Ontario) and Lewis County (near Canadian border) were assigned and disqualified for undisclosed reasons?
As a former civil rights attorney who has clashed with this judge as recently as last summer at a local bar, how could he be deemed impartial by Judge James (Bond) Tormey, the Syracuse Administrative Judge who assigned him after judges #39 and #40 were removed only weeks ago? Very compelling circumstances dictate that this “Acting Family Judge” has been assigned to provoke and finish me off.
These circumstances were embodied in a cross-motion to add Judge Gerald Popeo to my extraordinary hybrid case filed in New York Supreme Court. It is a parental equality case which names the state’s Chief Judge, James “Bond” Tormey and my custody and support judges as respondents. It seeks overdue precedent for victimized parents everywhere, i.e. full legal recognition of parental alienation.
Although a decision on the Chief Judge’s dismissal motion and that of the New York Attorney General has not been formally issued, an argument date was set for May 24, 2018. Such a scheduling order would not have logically occurred if the dismissal motions were granted (already argued). But nothing surprises me anymore given the horrific ordeal I have survived thus far due to relentless retaliation for my public criticisms of our courts.
At the same time I am filing a motion for removal of Judge #41, Gerald Popeo from ongoing lower court proceedings. I have asked the NAACP to join me on that motion with the hope that other groups will follow, both conservative and liberal since this affects people of all political and religious beliefs. Portions of my formal request to the NAACP President is reprinted below.
The NAACP headquarters and Washington Bureau were closed for the past couple days due to the east coast storm but a director at the NAACP Hollywood Bureau responded by phone the same day with a referral to the NAACP legal department. If you would like to join us at the courthouse, upcoming arguments on May 24, 2018 or learn more about the escalating atrocities here, feel free to call our office at (315) 380-3420.
Formal request to NAACP President Derrick Johnson:
March 21, 2018
Dear Mr. Johnson:
On February 12, 2015, the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured an upstate city court judge for abusing his authority, sending litigants to jail without due process, and making injudicious remarks from the bench. Relevant complaints over time came from a district attorney, public defender and African-American lawyer, among others.
The injudicious remarks which a Commission judge found to be true included the following:
(to an African-American lawyer): “Do you know what black people from New York City call black people from upstate?” (no reply) “Country niggers.”
(to a prosecutor on at least two occasions): “Mr. Scully is the perfect cigar store Indian.”
(to a litigant upset with his unfair treatment): “You’re standing there with a grin that I would love to get off the bench and slap off your face. How about 30 days in jail for contempt, that’s hilarious too, isn’t it? What’s wrong with you? We done smirking?”
(to the same litigant ordered to return for a contempt sentence): “(You) gave me a nice, big smirk (while leaving court) … as if to say, blank you, Judge.”
As a successful and unblemished civil rights attorney for more than 23 years, and another ten as a litigant and parental advocate, I have displayed countless facial gestures during jury trials and other proceedings in both federal and state courts. A grin, smirk or other involuntary expression would be routine and rarely, if ever, considered contemptuous . . .
In January, 2010, (Judge Popeo) committed a former client of mine, the city’s first African-American Public Works Commissioner, to jail for non-appearance on a business nuisance case despite a compelling explanation. During his first time ever in jail, the former Commissioner Stephen Patterson attempted suicide after a belt was placed in his cell.
Among the reasons given for the suicide attempt was Mr. Patterson’s inability to find an attorney after a witch hunt was begun against me due to my litigation successes, civil rights forums and whistle blower reports critical of our courts. I was suspended from my civil rights practice due to an ex-secretary influenced by racist adversaries to create ethics issues in my office. Despite my criminal complaints, highly supported internal report and complaints from numerous other victims, she was not timely arrested or prosecuted.
This left me vulnerable to “witch hunt” ethics lawyers who were later allowed to resign quietly after a state inspector general discovered their falsified time sheets, the same ones declaring in confidential proceedings that my license reinstatement would be opposed so long as my public criticisms continued. Only many years later, after I was out of my law practice long enough, was this white ex-secretary finally picked up in Illinois and jailed on felony convictions involving later law offices. By that time, countless crimes and injustices occurred without accountability.
There was certainly sufficient provocation for the witch hunt. For example, I saved an African-American Public Safety Commissioner . . . from an orchestrated indictment by a vengeful prosecutor, such charges as “misuse of city stationery.” I obtained a $333,820.32 record jury verdict on a federal civil rights case, Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (2nd Cir. 2004). I settled another at $90,000 for an African-American pastor harassed by the same city.
My work was not limited to race. I was among the earliest locally to win a sexual harassment case, Currie v Kowalewski, 842 F. Supp. 57 (NDNY 1994). I obtained a declaratory judgement invalidating a billion dollar casino compact against some of the nation’s finest law firms in both federal and state courts, Oneida Indian Nation v County of Oneida, 132 F.Supp. 2d 71 (NDNY 2000); Peterman v Governor Pataki, 2004 Slip. Op. 51092(U). First Amendment was also one of my major concerns, sacrificing my position as city corporation counsel to successfully challenge a mayor’s gag order upon public employees, Koziol v Hanna, 107 F.Supp.2d 170 (NDNY 2000).
All that unblemished success changed when I began exposing corruption in our courts, the kind which harms minorities the most. My uncontested divorce became contested, and twelve years later it has become a personal holocaust with 40 trial jurists disqualified to date, a record by all accounts. One was removed from Family Court altogether after he admitted to sexual abuse of his handicapped five year old niece, In re Bryan Hedges, 20 NY3d 677 (2013). A federal judge (Gary Sharpe) dismissed my last civil rights case with an anti-filing order despite his removal from an earlier case due to his claim of a human gene to sentence criminals which would not be discovered for another fifty years, United States v Cossey, 632 F.3d 82 (NDNY 2nd Cir. 2011).
The persecution has been relentless to discredit my public message, punish me into submission and protect a self-regulated judiciary from public disgrace. Its conduct commission refused to credit the “country niggers” remark because it would seriously harm its modern day reputation, not because it was untrue.
Now, because it set Gerald Popeo free, this racist judge has been assigned to finish me off as an “Acting Family Judge” in a forum where he makes a mockery of domestic violence prevention by his violent threats from the bench, where African-American fathers suffer debtor imprisonment to the extreme of being shot dead five times in the back while fleeing unarmed from a child support warrant. I spoke out on the latter event before national media at the Walter Scott funeral, spending a week there in South Carolina for reform purposes . . .
If such persecution can happen to a white civil rights attorney well north of the Mason-Dixon line, what kind of horror could occur to disadvantaged African-American fathers who, like Stephen Patterson, rely on me to protect them? That question is now at the forefront of this letter. I will be appearing before Judge Popeo this Friday, March 23, 2018 in Oneida County Family Court, Utica, New York. I will be filing a motion for his removal from my case with a request that the NAACP join in that motion as an intervenor or supporting presence in the courtroom.
In making this formal invitation, I am mindful of the work load which confronts you daily, but it presents an extraordinary opportunity for national attention and widespread benefit to your members and reputation . . . The chairman of the New York Commission dissented from the rationalizations used to excuse Judge Popeo’s racist remark to an African-American lawyer. He agreed instead with the findings of the judge who heard the evidence and voted in the minority for Popeo’s removal.
Now, as fate and the grace of God would have it, the Commission’s shocking 2015 decision is resurrected in a way least expected. Judge Popeo’s mere censure . . . allowed this travesty to occur. His remarks would have been contemptible even if related at a local bar, yet he made them as a judge in a black robe well into the 21st Century. Our courts are the last places where this can be tolerated in any form.
An intervenor motion by the NAACP supporting mine for Popeo’s removal would send a powerful message to our judiciary at a time when it must earn the greatest respect. So that my life sacrifices for a righteous cause were not in vain, I am including only a few articles regarding the Patterson cases for verification and ask that you favor me with a reply as soon as possible.
Very truly yours,
Leon R. Koziol, J.D.