By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights institute
After completing another assignment here in Manhattan, I spent New Year’s Eve afternoon jogging around Central Park and trying to access Times Square to see how New York handles the hundreds of thousands who come to celebrate the world’s greatest New Year’s event. It’s as if the New Year is not official until that famous ball drops on Times Square.
I’m only a few blocks north of the Square at the Courtyard Marriott and I was lucky to gain access when I returned from Central Park. That was 3 pm. Earlier you could still shop the area but by mid-afternoon, all sidewalks and roads were closed all around Times Square. I was given a hotel pass for later access when the roads are opened to pedestrians only. Even my hotel lobby had NYPD officers on duty.
According to ABC News today, “thousands of officers, both uniformed and plainclothes, heavy weapons teams from ESU, CRC, and SRG, along with the Technical Assistance & Response Unit, Canine Teams, and the Harbor Unit will be on hand to ensure the safety of the celebrators.”
I could hear and see helicopters from my hotel window. Yeah what an event. I’ve been to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with my daughters in the day at this same location, but the security then was not a fraction of this one.
Nearer to the Square, lines across entire streets like Broadway and Seventh Avenue were already building since early morning. People from all over the world were friendly and excited. The uproars everywhere are already underway. I was fortunate to meet and hang out with couples and professionals from Texas and Ohio. I will keep you updated.
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
This is the third and last segment of a series I call the Christmas Day Trilogy. It is directed to reforming America’s family courts, ending parental alienation and securing a federal investigation of Title IV-D funding abuses.
Followers know that our lobby efforts in Congress, a march down Pennsylvania Avenue under police escort, and my report discussed personally with Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsay Graham have failed to result in any action from any member of Congress. Instead our federal government is focused on parent-child separations at our borders and the impeachment of Donald Trump.
Hence, we parents legally residing here must enter the political fray so that our vital rights are respected. To that end, I was dismayed by White House lawyers who proposed to treat the Articles of Impeachment as a non-event simply because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was holding back on any submission to the Senate.
She was doing so under a condition that she receive assurances of a fair trial there for Trump’s removal. I don’t know how much they pay these lawyers, and let’s face it, Rudy Guiliani is the one who got his client in trouble with Ukraine in the first place, but the timelines are not so much the issue as is her condition.
Understandably our duly elected president wants to derail the agenda of stigmatizing his presidency in the history books. The impeachment vote came along party lines without any criminal charge, thereby sabotaging any principle through a witch hunt.
There are parallels to be made to the witch hunt against me in family court after my run for Congress in 2005. That is why I am publicizing a more viable track for Trump’s objectives, but first, it is necessary to offset the defamation of my character in retaliation for my ongoing exposure of court corruption.
This won’t take long so bear with me. A reading of a high profile case in Oneida Indian Nation v County of Oneida, 132 F. Supp. 2d 71 (NDNY 2000) will verify the skills I possessed nearly twenty years to invalidate a billion dollar casino compact. I was representing a landowners’ group (UCE) which had been held hostage by a 250,000 acre Indian land claim.
I was up against Cravath, Swaine & Moore, of Manhattan, a global law firm and one of the most prominent in the nation. They represented the Oneida Indian plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit to seize land from 20,000 landowners based on a 1794 treaty.
I counter sued to invalidate the Indian gaming compact which had produced the sprawling Turning Stone Casino and Resort, something which Donald Trump might know something about given his vast casino interests.
My strategy was “in your face” and logical, namely, that if you want to dispossess politically weak and hard-working farmers, small businesses and home owners based on illegal deeds traced to that treaty, we will invalidate your gaming compact and disgorge you of all your wealth you obtained through that void compact.
The compact at issue was VOID because it had been signed by Governor Mario Cuomo but never approved by the state legislature as required by the New York Constitution. To make a long story short, my strategies in both federal and state court cases resulted in success and the land claim was ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court.
The cited case lays out the complexities which may be compared to the ones I face today in the same federal and state courts regarding a challenge to Title IV-D funding and First Amendment retaliation.
The land claim/casino cases were considered matters reserved for elite firms. A sole practitioner was not welcome here any more than I am in my high profile litigation today.
To illustrate this, my successful representation was reported in the cited case as a lawyer with the prominent law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King. As my client (UCE president Scott Peterman) later disclosed, he had never even spoken to a lawyer from that firm, let alone retained them for any case. Yet the inaccuracy remains.
With this backdrop, let us now address the current impeachment crisis which is tearing our nation apart and will continue to dominate Congress over our domestic needs.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already stated for the record that she is withholding any submission of the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate until she receives unspecified assurances of a fair trial for the removal of Donald Trump. The Constitution is clear that the House of Representatives has the “SOLE” power of impeachment whereas the Senate has the “SOLE” power of removal through a trial.
Here Pelosi is emphatically usurping the power of the Senate. Her condition is already a matter of public record and VOID from its inception. Why bother then with timelines when White House lawyers can already rely on this record for a senate resolution to void the entire process, hence achieving Trump’s objectives more immediately and soundly.
As the media has reported, the impeachment process in the House can be compared to a criminal indictment process before a grand jury. Such indictments can be voided based on facts and charges which do not match, a grand jury improperly constituted or sworn, or a jurisdictional impediment. I have won every grand jury and petite jury I faced in the day. They may not be many but the tactics can be compared to Pelosi’s usurpation of her own jurisdiction under the Constitution.
Speaker Pelosi has no authority to condition articles on the manner in which the Senate proceeds. She has her “handlers,” but not her dictates. Her job was completed on December 19, 2019. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court merely presides over the Senate trial, he too cannot direct any outcomes.
Regardless, because there is little precedent with only two prior trials in the 19th and 20th centuries, and no precedent for withholding Articles, this approach is eminently logical. It can withstand the test of time. A decision voiding the Articles can be offered by Lindsay Graham as head of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Now these are simply my citizen thoughts related to my currently pending litigation. Given the usurpation of our rights to congressional action on domestic needs, a swift conclusion to this Election 2016 witch hunt would be in America’s best interests.
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
My daughters called today, and our dialogue was wonderful. There is no way we can turn the clock back and make up for six long years of parental alienation but maybe it’s a start.
I have been involved in the family court reform movement for over twelve years. I’m not sure how much I accomplished in that time; the lawsuits, rallies, conventions, news conferences, marches and lobby initiatives, but I like to think that with so many moms and dads joining our cause, great things may be right around the corner. The judges and politicians may finally be feeling the pressure to take real action.
And so maybe those victimized by the court system can obtain a measure of hope on this Christmas Day. I have come across some very special people during my reform efforts: the good folks out on Long Island exposing corruption, the ones in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania seeking to end parental alienation, the guys at the 2016 Super Bowl in San Francisco seeking judicial accountability, the advocates who joined me in conferences at the United Nations and those who rallied at our Parent March on Washington this past May.
From New York to California, and countless places in between, I was fortunate to meet so many fine parents wrongfully denied family relationships. They include victims from other countries, the ones I came to know in Paris where I sought international protection during Christmas season, 2014, the professionals like Dr. Mario Jimenez in Miami who joined four professionals at a 2016 news conference at the Supreme Court, Steve Boyd and the Boyd Foundation taking serious action to stop child victimization, the many groups represented on the Capitol lawn whose leaders gave victims profound hope with the realization that they were not alone.
There’s Dr. Carlos Rivera who sacrificed time in a child support jail and went on to demand justice for dads in debtor prisons, John Murtari who has been arrested countless times for his courthouse protests over a three decade period, Chris DiMaggio and Glenn Svoboda, two warriors I would want on either side of me in any foxhole. They show up regularly at crucial events.
I attended the 2014 Family Law Reform Conference sponsored by Dr. Joseph Sorge and Divorce Corp, I participated in his video series and cannot sing his praises enough in any website post. I will never forget Tamara Sweeney and all her good work to correct parental alienation, Christine out in Maui (Hawaii) who flew me out to write her memoirs.
Attorney Larry DeMarco, a great family man, dropped everything at the last minute to video our three day Parent March on Washington. Let us all applaud James Kelly, Chris DeVol, Anthony Paress, Rick and Wendy Sassone, Jack Frost, Missy Arnold, Lena Wilson, Doug Staneck, and those on social media keeping us all motivated, my good buddy Charles who supports the Title IV-D cause with a vengeance, Mike Whitney, Dan Barney, Jim Ginther, Eric Sinderman, the list goes on.
Finally there’s my family and countless personal friends like Brian Albert, Tom Barnaba and the “Gutter Rat” boys who, without my knowledge, started a “Save Leon” rally at our local family court last year. I don’t know how I would have survived without the profound commitments and concern from my adopted brother John in Saratoga and Tony Pappas in New York City.
The people and groups to be recognized here are far too great in number for this very special Christmas post, but I encourage all to stay the course. These are our children, our courts and our government, one nation still under God!
The above video was produced at Times Square days before Christmas. No matter where my work takes me, I’m always thinking about “daddy’s little girls.”
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
What a great many Christmas holidays I had with my little girls, Kristen and Cassandra. Sadly they’re not little any more but the fond memories remain. It’s as if they occurred yesterday.
Like the time I had a lawyer friend show up at my home dressed as Santa Claus. My 4 and 5 year old girls at the time could see him out in the snow covered yard approaching our dining room window with that big bag of presents.
Of course we had to invite him in, but when he made himself known with all the boisterous, “ho-ho-hos,” my younger one hid behind me in fear, only peaking out when her elder sister convinced her that he was the real deal.
And then there’s the Christmas’s years later when I would mimic the Polar Express movie by carrying each daughter out into the snow covered yard as if they were flying like the fictional characters. Out they would soar into the cold, star-lit sky, over their silent playground and across the terrain until I returned them safely next to our warm fireplace.
They knew exactly the moment when they would take flight during the film and could not get enough of it. Such experiences seemed to exceed anything they discovered the next morning under our Christmas tree. Money and presents were never their priority then.
Yeah, those days are long gone. They live now only in my memories. But they take special emphasis as a victim of parental alienation inflicted by a “custodial parent” named Kelly Hawse-Koziol. ” She did everything she could to shatter my precious father-daughter relationships and a professional career which she did nothing to advance. She did all this out of scorn and greed despite the harm to our children.
The evil of Kelly Hawse-Koziol is beyond depiction here and not what I would like to display on Christmas Eve or Day. Instead I will follow up with a history that will convince you that this woman is the very embodiment of Scrooge, Grinch and Herod himself.
I have been denied six years of contact with my daughters so that she could replace me as a father. So far, all three attempts have failed. As a kid I could never imagine a Christmas without my dad. But the dysfunctional, money lusting family courts of America made such a holocaust “a-okay” today.
How my daughters will not even call me regularly is a sad commentary on the corrupt and evil world we live in today. But regardless of the morally depraved environment in which they were raised by this “psycho-mom,” I will never abandon my little girls or fail them in their time of need for as long as I should live.
I know there are literally millions of fellow parents sharing the same pain as I am this Christmas Day. But we also share an immutable truth: the knowledge that we were on the right side of morality and remain the only true loving parents in our children’s lives.
Merry Christmas to all of you!
This 1-second video was taken north of Times Square, not far from Trump Tower on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. It was taken around 6 pm as politicians were wrapping up their day long testimony for a vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Curious as to the unique culture surrounding homeless people, I monitored events to learn that the man in red was visiting fellow homeless victims to assure that they had sufficient protection for the night against the single digit snow squalls which I personally fought en route to my hotel. The forecast was a low of 15 overnight.
The guy in red had just delivered some additional cardboard bedding for the man buried under those blankets on the ground. I overheard that guy tell him that he would return to sleep on his other side as soon as he checked on others nearby.