Any Donald Trump gag order imposed by Judge Juan Merchan would fatally undermine our First and Fourteenth Amendment rights

NEWS ALERT:

MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS NOW VALIDATED my weekend post urging Trump lawyers to move for recusal of assigned judge, Juan Merchan, and change of venue to an upstate court removed from the politically charged atmosphere of lower Manhattan. As the world knows, our former president is being prosecuted there on a felony indictment.

Added justification for a challenge to this indictment now exists on due process grounds with a gag order predicted to occur early in the process. Such a sweeping order may be common in other cases, but this one could fatally undermine Trump’s chances of election in 2024.

How can a candidate be burdened by such a draconian imposition which will foreclose public statements inextricably related to a highly flawed criminal case? This presidential candidate will no longer be speech-making with open liberties but under risk of contempt and incarceration prior to any jury verdict.

Donald Trump will now be under the supervision of the New York court system, one that is additionally flawed from a structural standpoint. Indeed, the state bar condemned its antiquated, 11-trial court system in a 2017 report advocating a constitutional convention. Like the case itself, such an order would be unprecedented while corroborating a widespread belief that this whole thing was premeditated.

The general public is presumably unaware along with this defendant that Judge Merchan was appointed as a family court judge in 2006 only ten years after being licensed as an attorney who practiced entirely in prosecution offices. As part of this court structure, he was assigned to his current “acting” position as a state Supreme Court judge in 2009. This enabled him to deal with greater issues than the limited jurisdiction of his appointment would allow.

An aggrieved parent and civil rights attorney, I was similarly victimized as a public figure during a horrific ordeal related to a conscientious stand I took against the exploitation of parents and children in New York’s courts. A gag order was imposed by a judge who was later removed from my family court case, one that was vacated after I challenged it on First Amendment grounds in state Supreme Court.

This gag order and the one projected for Trump are not about the integrity of any individual court case but the overriding integrity of the electoral process. It would further make a mockery of the justice system that was weaponized to undermine a public movement. It may even constitute vengeance for the U.S. Capitol protests in 2021.

Ominously, this rumored gag order goes far beyond Donald Trump and his legal troubles. The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that free speech is much more than public expression, it is the very “essence of self-governance,” Snyder v Phelps, 562 US 443 (2011). A motion now on this issue opens up a treasure trove of principles that could sweep this defendant into office as our next president.

But such a motion must be lodged with precision if this backfire is to be realized. A highly supported, carefully researched and dispositive filing is critical during a narrow window period, coupled with an omnibus approach to dismiss the indictment altogether. It can collapse this circus show before our justice system is abused any further.

Donald Trump has already suffered devastating losses in various courts and this case is the most crucial for his long-term interests. My input is backed by more than 23 years of trial experience in state and federal courts of New York. In that time, I never lost a criminal jury trial.

Get more details on my highly suppressed views and this unprecedented case at http://www.leonkoziol.com.

Donald Trump must move for recusal of Judge Juan Merchan at the outset of his criminal case if he hopes to get fair treatment in New York

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Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Former New York Criminal Trial Attorney

President, Citizen Commission Against Corruption. Org

I have spent more than three decades litigating civil and criminal cases in both federal and state courts of New York. In my latter years as a targeted civil rights advocate, I developed a highly unique expertise in the disqualification of biased jurists who can easily alter outcomes at any stage of deliberations.

As a victim myself, I also developed a trial and appellate practice that is highly relevant to Donald Trump’s indictment. His team of defense attorneys must file a motion for recusal of his assigned judge, Juan Merchan, in a lower Manhattan court this Tuesday if he retains any hope of fair treatment there.

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Donald Trump must move for recusal of Judge Juan Merchan at the outset of his criminal case if he hopes to get fair treatment in New York

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Former New York Criminal Trial Attorney

President, Citizen Commission Against Corruption. Org

I have spent more than three decades litigating civil and criminal cases in both federal and state courts of New York. In my latter years as a targeted civil rights advocate, I developed a highly unique expertise in the disqualification of biased jurists who can easily alter outcomes at any stage of deliberations.

As a victim myself, I also developed a trial and appellate practice that is highly relevant to Donald Trump’s indictment. His team of defense attorneys must file a motion for recusal of his assigned judge, Juan Merchan, in a lower Manhattan court this Tuesday if he retains any hope of fair treatment there.

Here are the reasons as supported by my Law Review and News Alert released on March 17, 2023:

First, from a structural standpoint, Judge Merchan is a product of the antiquated judicial branch of government in New York. It features 11-trial courts that the state bar condemned in a 2017 report favoring a constitutional convention. That report compared it to California’s single trial court system.

Even if this structure proves to be inconsequential, it could harm or needlessly prolong a process that calls for earliest dismissal. It features interstate, federal-related issues that are “first impression” for any decision maker. We see that already in play with the negotiated dispensing of handcuffing protocols.

Second, Trump lawyers are duty-bound to scrutinize more than his assigned judge. A change of venue must be added for a court far removed from the highly biased climate of lower Manhattan. This borough is inundated with liberal ideology that could easily evade jury selection of the most skilled trial counsel.

Third, Judge Merchan was appointed to a limited jurisdiction family court by New York’s mayor in 2006 after only ten years of practice, all in prosecutor offices. He was assigned due to his “acting” role in a court of general jurisdiction (not the usual city court) for the likely reason that this case would require it.

Fourth, Judge Merchan is impaired by his prior assignment to the Trump Organization criminal case concluded with convictions and a jail sentence. Its chief executive officer here cannot reverse adverse impressions acquired from its witnesses. As the saying goes, you cannot put the horses back in the barn.

Fifth, local practitioners are already singing Merchan’s praises including Trump critic Gloria Allred. To put a reality face to this, lawyers in my personal case chastised a similar motion against Bryan Hedges as a “judge beyond reproach” until he admitted to sexual abuse of his handy-capped five-year-old niece.

Fortunately Judge Hedges granted my motion prior to being banned from the bench and before any parentless hearing with my young daughters in chambers. It was based on party politics, a court clerk’s successful harassment case, and an ethics rule prohibiting even the “appearance of impropriety.”

Surely there is enough in the Trump record already to win such a motion, forcing Judge Merchan into an unenviable position on this opening issue of due process. No one can know what he might harbor as my proceedings have shown after forty judges were compelled to step down, many for undisclosed reasons.

But perhaps most satisfying for this unprecedented defendant is that he could seize some semblance of retribution generally after his charges are read during an open court spectacle. This recusal motion must be stately presented for that reason alone if his lawyers retain any respect for their client’s dignity.

Leon R. Koziol, J.D. is a former city corporation counsel, school board attorney and elected office holder in upstate New York who still litigates in Manhattan. His horrific ordeal as a corruption whistleblower and court reformist is detailed in a recently published memoir, Whistleblower in Paris.

Mr. Koziol can be contacted directly at (315) 796-4000 and electronically at leonkoziol@gmail.com.

Michael Cohen shows deceit and self-service in private exchanges with civil rights attorney Leon Koziol during 2016 Trump campaign

When the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participated in a number of news interviews attacking Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign for president, an aggrieved parent and civil rights attorney, Leon Koziol, published a number of blog posts condemning her actions. He did so because they raised serious ethical issues impacting a personal case being considered on her docket at the time.

Justice Ginsburg was violating clearly established rules which prohibit the use of judicial office to advance political activities. But because those rules do not apply to our highest court, she was able to slide. Among other indiscretions, her attacks were directed against a private citizen having no case on her docket, and she was using court chambers financed by public money to carry out her agenda.

But most insidiously, her attempt to influence a federal election might later become a subject of disqualification if Trump succeeded, as he ultimately did, and that raised a fatal question of systemic bias inasmuch as the Chief Justice took no action on behalf of the Court and its subordinate tribunals. Her attacks were not incidental, isolated or court-related but continued during the summer of 2016.

It compelled media to condemn her behavior with the New York Post featuring a front-page photo of “Darth Bader” after the infamous Star Wars villain decked out in familiar black attire. Even the New York Times published a well-reasoned editorial emphasizing the bad precedent. Without admitting to any wrongdoing, Justice Ginsburg then announced she would no longer issue unauthorized opinions.

By that time the damage was irreversible. In standard self-defense, candidate Trump was not intimidated or dissuaded by any high court justice. He promptly counter-attacked with unflattering depictions of Bader-Ginsburg as “shot” from an aged mind standpoint which predictably defamed the reputation of our Supreme Court as a whole. It forced litigant Koziol to file a rarely employed motion for her recusal.

That motion was based on a case docketed as Leon Koziol v United States District Court, No. 15-1519. It sought an extraordinary writ necessitated by a federal court’s refusal to intervene in state prosecutions aimed at censoring Koziol’s First Amendment rights including publications supporting Trump. The targeting featured “quasi-criminal” disciplinary actions having no jury rights and substandard proofs.

It prompted Koziol to contact high level officers at Trump Towers, but the candidate’s “fixer,” Michael Cohen, took control without any mention to his boss and client. During telephonic exchanges between June and November, 2016, Cohen denied any audience with Donald Trump on these highly relevant events and abandoned them after the motion was denied (as a “suggestion”) on October 3, 2016.

Now, six years later, Cohen finds himself mired in perjury, prison time, false testimony before Congress, and an indictment of his former client influenced by vengeance. It has forever altered our political and legal systems. A centerpiece of this politically-charged indictment is that Donald Trump knew about the hush money paid by Cohen to Stormy Daniels, but this saga corroborates otherwise.

Leon R. Koziol, J.D. is a former city corporation counsel, school board attorney and office holder who practiced civil rights law for more than two decades until his licenses and daughters were targeted due to a conscientious stand taken against his profession. He is currently the president of the nonprofit, Citizen Commission Against Corruption. Inc. His ordeal is summarized in a March 17, 2023 Law Review and News Alert with greater detail in a published memoir, Whistleblower in Paris.

Mr. Koziol may be contacted at (315) 796-4000 and leonkoziol@gmail.com

Can Donald Trump get a fair trial in New York? A veteran trial lawyer persecuted in that state answers this question

So they’re finally sounding the alarm on what New York attorney Leon Koziol has been exposing for decades, a flawed court system that led to severe systemic retributions.

Never mind what you may think of Donald Trump personally, the question facing all Americans today is whether he can he get a fair trial in New York. The call to action suddenly gripping our country is simply this: if you can target a former president, you can “witch hunt” anyone. And we’re not talking about a fair process but one that weaponizes our justice system to silence diverse views.

This so-called indictment strikes at the core of our values as a free country. It has been in progress since the 2016 elections including the years that Trump spent as president. It was not unexpected despite the prosecution’s vast flaws and destined collapse, but to publicly announce this agenda long before charges were even contemplated is a tragedy for our system of justice.

All notions of equal protection, due process and free speech have now been tossed to oblivion unless the People take serious action to condemn and eradicate this “star chamber” process. Otherwise, it becomes institutionalized and a prelude for tyranny. How can we remain fearful of or apathetic to a regime that undermines our Constitution and all that we have sacrificed to preserve?

Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Hunter Biden were never indicted despite a record of criminal conduct far more egregious than the one concocted against this front runner in the 2024 presidential elections. Such targeting is not strictly political. Rod Blagojevich, a sitting governor, was sentenced to 14 years for white collar crimes that dwarfed the violent ones given a free pass in this same state of New York.

It is an unprecedented criminal action promised by a media-hound controlled by outsiders. And it verifies undeniably a politically-infested, two-class justice system. Not to belabor the outcry that is growing across this nation, this assault upon our Constitution was forewarned in attorney Koziol’s March 17, 2023, Law Review and News Alert, and previously in greater detail in his 2021 published memoir, Whistleblower in Paris.

Leon R. Koziol, J.D. is a former city corporation counsel, school board attorney and office holder who practiced civil rights law for more than 23 years before his daughters and licenses were targeted in retaliation for a conscientious stand taken against his profession. He is currently president of a nonprofit action group, Citizen Commission Against Corruption, Inc.

Mr. Koziol can be reached at (315) 796-4000.

The court system now faced by Donald Trump has already been exposed for systemic bias by a civil rights attorney persecuted for his free speech

So they’re finally sounding the alarm on what New York attorney Leon Koziol has been exposing for decades, a flawed court system that led to severe systemic retributions.

Never mind what you may think of Donald Trump personally, the question facing all Americans today is whether he can he get a fair trial in New York. The call to action suddenly gripping our country is simply this: if you can target a former president, you can “witch hunt” anyone. And we’re not talking about a fair process but one that weaponizes our justice system to silence diverse views.

This so-called indictment strikes at the core of our values as a free country. It has been in progress since the 2016 elections including the years that Trump spent as president. It was not unexpected despite the prosecution’s vast flaws and destined collapse, but to publicly announce this agenda long before charges were even contemplated is a tragedy for our system of justice.

All notions of equal protection, due process and free speech have now been tossed to oblivion unless the People take serious action to condemn and eradicate this “star chamber” process. Otherwise, it becomes institutionalized and a prelude for tyranny. How can we remain fearful of or apathetic to a regime that undermines our Constitution and all that we have sacrificed to preserve?

Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Hunter Biden were never indicted despite a record of criminal conduct far more egregious than the one concocted against this front runner in the 2024 presidential elections. Such targeting is not strictly political. Rod Blagojevich, a sitting governor, was sentenced to 14 years for white collar crimes that dwarfed the violent ones given a free pass in this same state of New York.

It is an unprecedented criminal action promised by a media-hound controlled by outsiders. And it verifies undeniably a politically-infested, two-class justice system. Not to belabor the outcry that is growing across this nation, this assault upon our Constitution was forewarned in attorney Koziol’s March 17, 2023, Law Review and News Alert, and previously in greater detail in his 2021 published memoir, Whistleblower in Paris.

Leon R. Koziol, J.D. is a former city corporation counsel, school board attorney and office holder who practiced civil rights law for more than 23 years before his daughters and licenses were targeted in retaliation for a conscientious stand taken against his profession. He is currently president of a nonprofit action group, Citizen Commission Against Corruption, Inc.

Mr. Koziol can be reached at (315) 796-4000.

Once again, our politicians and self-described “experts” misreport the primary cause of another mass shooting

After promoting an agenda for discrediting my decade-long crusade to reform a corrupt family court industry, its beneficiaries continue to hide from their roles in the mass shootings among our schools. Today’s killing of three children and three adults in Nashville is the latest example of collateral damage emanating from a court system that favors profits and revenues over the “best interests” of our children.

The continuing carnage is detailed in my Law Review and News Alert published here on March 17, 2023 and more extensively in my 2021 memoir, Whistleblower in Paris, available at any Barnes and Nobles store, Amazon or major bookseller site. The connections to this tragedy are manifestly complex but accurate in defining a “silent epidemic” of immorality caused by an increasingly parentless society.

This latest tragedy is not about race, gender or gun control but the erosion of moral fiber perpetrated by non-parents promoting woke ideologies and sexual perversions, among other evils, in these same schools. The true victims grow up to be demonic, deprived of genuine loving guidance by those parents anxious to remain a part of their children’s lives in divorce or separated households.

Shared parenting is made subordinate to a custody war reminiscent of the Roman Coliseum in these godless tribunals. They continue to ignore parental alienation and denigration of authority vested in parents seeking to raise responsible adults. The perpetrator of today’s heinous crime defied all the stereotypes of an angry, young, white male to reveal a white, female 28-year-old as the killer.

Insanely, President Joe Biden opens his public reaction to this tragedy with jokes about his wife, chocolates and pointless cravings. He then follows not with a new strategy but that tired old song and dance about gun control. Former New Jersey Governor and federal prosecutor, Chris Christie, had it correct with his reaction emphasizing that we are already inundated by gun laws to address such crimes.

Both reactions were featured on FOX news as this horrific scene was unfolding. Respected anchor Martha MacCallum opened a segment with shock over the gender of this killer thereby evidencing her ignorance of the bigger picture. She is obviously unaware of such child murders as Gabriella Boyd by a mother who chose that option over a custody change order. MacCallum’s guest contributor, Shannon Bream, was more attuned to the crisis by reference to this godless society in her recent publications.

This “silent epidemic” so vigorously exposed here at http://www.leonkoziol.com must be addressed by Congress with oversight hearings into the abuse of federal Title IV-D funds by family courts. And our Justice Department is duty-bound to investigate the escalating human rights violations evident in these same courts. Instead, the “band plays on” to the tune of heart-wrenching losses by families everywhere.

If you have no justification for the exploitation of children in family court, kill the reform message and its whistleblower

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Parenting Rights Institute

Citizen Commission Against Corruption, Inc.

When I began my bold crusade as a conscientious father and civil rights attorney to expose and reform the lucrative divorce industry, I was quickly targeted by its beneficiaries. As the news conferences, public forums and civil rights actions grew, so did the retributions from my profession.

In the end, these beneficiaries (unscrupulous lawyers, service providers, and lawyers on the bench) united to extinguish my crusade not by any meritorious response, but by killing the messenger. It is a typical tactic of tyrannical regimes throughout human history.

However, this does not mean that I have to tolerate their fraud on the public or the persecution. My adversaries certainly had the power to destroy me as they ultimately proved, but they cannot erase my unblemished record as a parent and professional, and they cannot rewrite history as they strived to do. In that vein, I have been compelled to publish aspects of that record here.

SERIOUSLY? A Parents Bill of Rights to affirm what our Constitution guarantees?

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) called it “fascism.”

Congress Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffreys condemned it as an attack on woke teaching.

Liberal lawmakers are going so far as to call it “racist.”

And our very own U.S. Attorney General, Merrick Garland, helped instigate it by comparing parents speaking at school board meetings to “terrorists.”

It’s the Parents Bill of Rights!

Seriously? Did we really need this to confirm and enforce constitutional rights we already had since the founding of our nation? Or is it yet another corroboration of an ominous trend eroding our most basic freedoms in promotion of a new world order?

As this new legislation announced today by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy heads to the Senate to become law, common sense constituents have to ask why it is being considered at all. The First Amendment has guaranteed our right to speak at public venues as the “essence of self-governance,” Snyder v Phelps, 562 US 443 (2011), and the Supreme Court has repeatedly declared the right to parent one’s offspring as the “oldest liberty interest” protected by the Constitution, Troxel v Granville, 530 US 57 (2000).

Get involved with these critical issues that are affecting you with higher taxes, increased crime, unwanted pregnancies, teen suicides and destruction of American values by supporting the nonprofit Citizen Commission Against Corruption, Inc and Parenting Rights Institute.

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Former School Board Attorney

(315) 796-4000

JUST RELEASED: Judiciary Report Condemning FBI and DOJ for Targeting Parents at School Board Meetings

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Former School Board Attorney

Director, Parenting Rights Institute

It corroborates years of reports issued by the Parenting Rights Institute which have been ignored, censored or suppressed by public officials and the U.S. Justice Department. Whereas our postings of parental targeting garnered as many as 2,000 responses at one time, today we get a handful, if any.

Like the victims at the Virginia school board meetings seized and silenced as dissidents in a foreign country, our reports and assemblies have been similarly targeted. The National School Boards Association went so far as to issue a letter to the Biden administration labeling us not as concerned parents but “domestic terrorists,” a sleezy way of inciting unlawful arrests.

Increasingly this label has also been exploited as a custody tactic in family court proceedings. Bottom feeder lawyers have found a short cut to their burdens of proof by using such bombastic phrases while presiding judges refuse to reign them in because they did the same when they practiced law.

Yesterday’s report by the House Judiciary Committe is no surprise but it is clearly a portend of injustices to come as our courts mull over the extinguishment of our “fundamental right” to the care, custody and education” of our children. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court which declared this right to be the “oldest liberty interest” protected by our Constitution.

But as we continue to take this right for granted through unprecedented apathy and trust in our educators, that “oldest liberty” is being steadily eroded by “woke” and deviate sex ideologies which have nothing to do with the “A, B Cs.”. It’s no wonder that so many graduates today cannot form grammatically correct sentences or locate Ukraine on a map.

This “silent epidemic,” as we call it, has been elaborately presented in a March 17, 2023 ‘Law Review and News Alert” issued by the Citizen Commission Against Corruption, Inc, a nonprofit action group I founded in 2021. It is seeking donations and investments that could generate a nationwide staff of lobbyists and consultants to reverse this ominous trend while assisting aggrieved parents in their losing battle against a gradual state take-over of child rearing.

My highly researched, 13-page alert is not only shocking from a human rights standpoint, it is free, uniquely informative and alarming, presented by this author as an attorney-whistleblower who sacrificed his life and liberty behind this vital cause. Read it here at http://www.leonkoziol.com and support us with your contribution and viral dissemination at http://www.citizencommissionagainstcorruption.org.