Persecuted Civil Rights Advocate Seeks Removal of Racist Judge in New York

“You know what downstate blacks call upstate blacks?

Country n____rs.”

After hearing all the evidence, a judge appointed by the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct determined that Utica city court judge, Gerald Popeo, made this remark with a black attorney present during judicial activities. However that Commission refused to accept his finding and issued a mere slap on the wrist in the way of a public censure in 2015.

If that was all, it might be excused by the people served, but Judge Popeo went on to exact revenge on those he believed to be involved in the censure, thereby violating additional provisions of the ethical code in New York. One of his targets was Leon Koziol, the former civil rights attorney for Stephen Patterson. Judge Popeo presided over Patterson’s case in 2010 leading to a suicide attempt in the city lock-up.

Neither this attempt nor a shocking ordeal which followed came before the state commission. Consequently, in light of today’s racial crisis with Judge Popeo still on the bench, Mr. Koziol is lodging a complaint against Popeo with the same Commission seeking removal and a permanent ban from any judicial office. The content published here is designed to secure public support behind this initiative.

The above news interview features Stephen Patterson, the first African-American Commissioner of Public Works in Utica, New York. He was wrongfully fired, leading to a jury verdict of $330,000 obtained by long time civil rights attorney Leon Koziol. It was argued before Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a federal appeals court prior to her elevation to U.S. Supreme Court, see Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F. 3d 322.

A second recovery of $90,000 was obtained for Steve’s dad, a pastor, when retaliation occurred to his church through an abuse of code violations. That retaliation continued for many years after Steve opened a social club using the monies recovered against the city. A barrage of charges followed, resulting in an arrest warrant for non-appearance and first time incarceration. They were thrown out by a jury, yielding yet another civil rights case in 2009.

This news conference (both clips above and below) describes the trauma that Steve endured with a suicide attempt when a belt was placed in his cell that night. Steve was rushed to the hospital and actually arraigned there on the nuisance and code charges by city judge Gerald Popeo. Judge Popeo was later found guilty of using racial slurs during judicial duties by a judge of the state’s misconduct commission.

However Judge Popeo was merely censured and not removed, allowing him to exact revenge against Mr. Patterson’s civil rights attorney, a vow made during a bar conversation witnessed by a marine veteran in 2017. Six months later, Popeo managed to have himself assigned as a city judge to Koziol’s personal family court matters. He started with a nonappearance warrant.

When that was corrected, Popeo persisted with a support warrant based on a fraudulent, concealed record to achieve incarceration. It resulted in a “shoot on sight” threat by a traffic cop in 2018. Mr. Koziol was forced to take a stand against this warrant consistent with his rights of self-defense. In reports, he compared himself to the Rodney King beating with “fists and batons replaced by orders and edicts.” Either can achieve a fatal outcome.

This news clip adds to the ongoing problem of retaliation and lack of diversity in Utica city government. The Black Lives Matter movement has taken aim against racial injustices in this city, but as this highly followed news conference shows, nothing has changed. If anything, given this week’s racial incident involving Jakeila Phillips, the divide may have gotten worse since this 2010 news conference occurred. That shocking incident is detailed later.

There were multiple civil rights cases underway against the City of Utica and Town of New Hartford when Attorney Koziol was suspended as part of a witch hunt in retaliation for his many successes including a $300,000 recovery in a race discrimination case against the Oneida County Sheriff Department. That suspension caused at least four such cases to be dismissed or abandoned, including those by Stephen Patterson and Casey Stuckman in this interview.

In this week’s racially charged incident to be addressed below, video taker, Jakeila Phillips, complains of racial discrimination in the community. She was denied entry to a white-owned bar based on black stereotypes as trouble-makers. Both Patterson and Casey Stuckman operated a prominent bar and social club in Utica to make up for this. Both went out of business due to city harassment.

In Mr. Stuckman’s case, he was gang tackled and body-slammed to the ground, face down, before handcuffs were applied. And it occurred as a victim of a domestic incident shooting. When police arrived, the assailant was a woman holding a gun. Casey was the obvious, hapless victim of both race and sex discrimination. His depiction brings to mind images of George Floyd.

In this clip, Mr. Stuckman describes the racial divide between city police and the black community. In articulate manner, despite his false arrest and injuries, he does not condemn his attackers. He outlines a plan for change to make Utica a great city again, change that Ms. Phillips is seeking 10 years later which has yet to materialize.

In this clip of the same news conference, Attorney Koziol announces a public forum, one of many he sponsored over the years to influence change. It was well attended with numerous testimonials submitted to the Justice Department seeking an investigation into racist city practices.

To this day, there has not even been an acknowledgement of this report, including those recently hand-delivered to members of Congress and discussed personally with prominent national leaders. Today, we learn of movements erupting from the George Floyd murder focused on both police and judge accountability.

However, as this publication proves throughout, the responses from our governments are mere window dressing to detract from a much larger crisis in race relations. Will Black Lives Matter be patronized as these victims and their attorney were? Why lodge misconduct complaints when our public servants go to private extremes to ignore them, discredit them and literally kill the messenger?

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Cornell Maye was the first African-American Public Safety Commissioner for the City of Utica, New York, placing him in charge of the police and fire departments. He was an aggressive commissioner and former city marshal quickly responding to numerous crime scenes.

One night he came upon a traffic stop in which a white patrolman was placed in serious danger. He came up undetected on the opposite side of the vehicle and prevented the passenger from using a concealed weapon. It turned out to be a drug bust but Mr. Maye turned up with charges against him for a misuse of firearms by local prosecutors.

As a civilian, it was alleged that he was not authorized to use his gun, despite the fact he may have saved his subordinate’s life. The gun charge was obviously a pretext for removal followed by a piling-on of additional charges. These included “misuse of city stationery” when Mr. Maye presented a written defense to the gun charge before a county judge. All the charges were ultimately dismissed (“no-billed”) by a grand jury.

Contrary to attorney recommendations of non-appearance before any grand jury (because of a prerequisite waiver of constitutional rights), Maye’s selected attorney, Leon Koziol, boldly advised the opposite because the charges were too absurd and retaliation so obvious. A civil rights action followed but dismissed on grounds of judicial immunity, prosecutorial immunity and police quasi-immunity, issues that are current after the George Floyd murder.

Only three years later, a city patrolman was murdered after a similar stop and drug bust without back-up on the scene. With his employment record saved, Mr. Maye went on to a successful career with the Raleigh, North Carolina Police Department. He is now happily retired and still married to the woman once employed as a minority codes enforcer with the same City of Utica.

Persecution of a civil rights attorney

As Mr. Patterson warns, retaliation is very real in civil rights cases and used to suppress change, free speech and whistleblowers such as his attorney.

The above news clips depict the final series of civil rights cases prosecuted by attorney Leon Koziol after 23 years of practice. That was in 2010 when he was targeted, subjected to false ethics charges, and punished with an ongoing 10-year suspension of his law license. It all came in retaliation for his filings, public forums and conscientious stand against draconian child support collection practices.

Like Susan B. Anthony who refused to pay her fine for the crime of voting, and Dr. Martin Luther King who opposed his release from Birmingham jail, Mr. Koziol risked his life and livelihood in a cause for fair treatment in our nation’s family courts. In retaliation, he was ultimately deprived all contact with his daughters, even denied notice of a 2020 graduation ceremony at the New Hartford Central High School.

The unwarranted and excessive punishment led to at least five applications for reinstatement since a 6-month suspension was completed in 2013, a term imposed due to an insider secretary influenced to tamper with office calendars. She was belatedly imprisoned on felony convictions in 2016. A sixth application is currently underway.

An ethics committee in Albany has opposed every reinstatement to date based largely on whistleblowing activity cited from this website, Leon Koziol.com. Its chief attorney and deputy attorneys engaged in the witch hunt against him were terminated by the ethics court after an inspector general exposed their falsified time sheets.

They were the standard bearers of lawyer ethics charged with a duty of preventing lawyer over-billing practices. Unlike Mr. Koziol’s highly discriminatory treatment without any criminal wrongdoing or malpractice, these “ethics” lawyers were allowed to return to private practice with no public charges, see Robert Gavin, Oversight lawyers quit amid inquiry, Times Union (Albany, New York) July 11, 2013.

In contrast, the indefinite license suspension has prevented Mr. Koziol from continuing with these and other civil rights cases. They were ultimately dismissed in the hands of lesser qualified counsel or abandoned altogether due to a lack of interest or affordable representation.

To illustrate the absurdity, Attorney Stanley Cohen was reinstated in 2018 only two years after his release from federal prison for tax evasion on some $3 million in unreported fees and income. These were felony convictions that routinely lead to a seven-year disbarment. However he somehow incurred a short term suspension instead and was known for representing cop-killers, drug dealers and terrorists.

In contrast, Mr. Koziol was punished more severely for representing true victims of racial injustice and a conscientious stand against corruption. He issued a series of reports since the one depicted in the front page story above. A 2015 report predicted his potential demise following the Walter Scott murder in 2015.

At the Walter Scott funeral in South Carolina, Mr. Koziol addressed national media, civil rights groups, Al Sharpton and Congressman James Clyburn, among others. He did so because this particular black lives victim was a father shot dead five times in the back while fleeing unarmed from a child support warrant uncovered during a traffic stop.

His report the same year was submitted to then Attorney General Loretta Lynch who testified along with Mr. Koziol, Preet Bharara and other invitees at a hearing of Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption at Pace University in 2013. His prediction was realized in 2018 when a “shoot on sight” threat was made by a traffic cop to a driver of Mr. Koziol’s vehicle at a toll booth in Albany, New York.

As fate would have it, Mr. Koziol was not present in the vehicle, but a sworn statement, traffic report and court record corroborate the incident. Another consequential report that year was discussed personally with Senate Judiciary Chair Lyndsey Graham. It asks for a Justice Department investigation of this horrific ordeal supported by a peaceful, three-day lobby initiative and March on Washington.

As race related protests continue across America, leaders are praising peaceful demonstrations over violent ones. But as Mr. Koziol has experienced, his peaceful protests have earned no reforms. This one in 2019 featured a police escort from the White House to the Capitol and a lobby day when 600 reports were delivered by parents to members of Congress and Justice Department.

The “shoot on sight” threat was based on a secret bulletin attached to a child support warrant leaked to local media to further discredit Mr. Koziol and his message, not unlike attorney whistleblowers in China. Local Sheriff Robert Maciol admitted that the leak was unlawful and has yet to respond to a misconduct complaint against his deputy who triggered it.

The support warrant was issued by Utica City Judge Gerald Popeo. He was appointed under suspect circumstances to Mr. Koziol’s family court matters in 2017 to avenge a public censure issued against him by the state’s judicial conduct commission in 2015. Its startling racial aspects are presented below.

All recourse was closed off by federal and state judges abusing judicial immunity and other judge-created obstacles to be detailed in a later post. Ultimately a conditional filing order was orchestrated by federal judge Gary Sharpe despite an earlier order by a higher court which removed him from a case based on his use of a human gene in a sentencing decision, one that would not be discovered for “another fifty years,” see United States v Cossey, 632 F.3d 82.

Such Hitleresque decision-making is easily concealed, and it warrants removal from any American bench. But Judge Sharpe refused to step down from Mr. Koziol’s personal case, and impeachment is the only means for achieving removal for life appointments in the federal system. Such a rare process has shown to be prohibitive and costly this year. The filing order was to be challenged at a federal appeals court in Manhattan but put off due to the pandemic.

This is only some background needed to further understand the outrage among groups such as Black Lives Matter. If a civil rights attorney can be persecuted in this way, victims of racial abuse are denied recourse and accountability. When our justice system breaks down as evidenced here, the natural response is to take the law into one’s own hands.

Mr. Koziol’s ordeal is also critical to events relating to Jakeila Phillips in Utica, New York, victim of a race-laced, verbal assault in downtown Utica, New York this past week. That connection is now explained for the benefit of victims, reform groups and genuine accountability in government.

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By Dr. Leon Koziol

Civil Rights Advocate

On July 1, 2020, headline news in upstate New York featured a racist video gone viral. A pregnant, black woman managed to capture a road rage incident four days earlier in downtown Utica. What Jakeila Phillips recorded as a pedestrian by-stander was beyond shocking at a time when racial tensions are skyrocketing.

According to the local Observer Dispatch newspaper in Utica, New York, a white passenger in a vehicle was engaged with a person in the one ahead of him. Attention then turned to the by-stander with her unnoticed camera activated.

That passenger actually, if not moronically, identified himself in the video as Barry Wardell while accosting Ms. Phillips with racial slurs and offensive statements such as “Black lives don’t matter.” The victim then calmly asks: “Anything else?” The offender answers by declaring that “Blacks should be slaves, give me back my property,” and further, that “he hangs n_ _ _ _ rs on the weekends.”

Yes this actually occurred in the geographic heartland of New York State during a nationwide crisis focused on the police murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, a horrific event which ignited mass, violent protests. It triggered protests in Utica and suburban New Hartford where the racist passenger lived. Joined by local black leaders at a recent news conference, Ms. Phillips is seeking “change” and justice as police investigate whether any crimes were committed.

But what Ms. Phillips and her supporters are likely unaware, any charges, i.e. harassment, hate crimes, may come before the city court’s longest tenured judge, Gerald Popeo, who was charged with using racial slurs while in office. According to Syracuse.com and a February 12, 2015 decision of the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct, this is what Popeo was accused of saying:

“You know what downstate blacks call upstate blacks? Country n____rs.”

Of course, that “country” classification would include Ms. Phillips and the black leaders who accompanied her at this week’s news conference. Unlike the road rage incident at the core of that conference, the Popeo slur could not be defended as an emotional outburst. It was premeditated, witnessed in court (not on a street) and conveyed in the presence of a black attorney .

Predictably Judge Gerry denied all this as he did other ethics charges such as a young prosecutor “standing there like a cigar store Indian.” He jailed litigants for such things as a “smirk” and threatened to come off the bench to assault the one who gave the routine facial gesture. His demeanor and arrogance were off the charts, and he was simply censured instead of removed altogether by the Commission.

Today, we see Black Lives Matter and other protesters tearing down statues and taking aim at events occurring decades, even centuries ago. But these are symbolic aims that mean nothing to perpetrators that are long gone. In Popeo’s case there is a critical opportunity to take aim at a racist who is still on the bench. Specifically I am submitting a formal complaint to the same judicial conduct commission which issued that “slap on the wrist.”

I am also seeking an action which permanently bans Popeo from seeking any future appointment or election as a judge in any court. Such recourse has precedent in the case of ex-family judge Bryan Hedges in Syracuse. He was among the 40 trial level jurists removed from my originally uncontested divorce since 2006.

I filed a motion to remove Judge Hedges from my custody case because such judges were allowed to interact with children in chambers without the parents present. I was chastised by lawyers on grounds that this judge had a reputation beyond reproach. But I had two young girls to protect who were my utmost priority.

To my surprise, Judge Hedges granted my motion due to “an appearance of impropriety,” and as fate would have it, Judge Hedges resigned abruptly one year later after being caught in an admission that he sexually abused his handicapped five-year old niece decades earlier.

The judicial commission was unmoved by the resignation and proceeded further with a permanent ban from any judgeship. Hedges appealed to New York’s high court but was slapped with a scathing opinion which left the ban in place, see In re Bryan Hedges, 20 NY3d 677 (2013). Judge Popeo’s misconduct is not decades old and it cannot be tolerated in the current racially charged environment. To ignore Judge Popeo is to ratify his racism in public office.

FYI: Both Hedges and Popeo were represented by former Utica Supreme Court Judge Robert Julian, currently a prominent personal injury attorney and former chairman of the Oneida County Legislature. If you would like to join my complaint for the removal of Gerald Popeo, contact me at (315) 796-4000 or e-mail me at leonkoziol@gmail.com. In the meantime, let’s make this viral for the sake of true justice everywhere!

RIP Gary Woodruff: While rioters protest the death of George Floyd, another loving dad succumbs to our corrupt family courts without concern. Join our call 6/4 @ 7 pm ET (605) 313-4427; access# 583326.

The above video summarizes our 3-day Parent March on Washington last year. It was peaceful, respectful, but ineffectual. The photo below shows the comparison with violent protests today. They’re getting all kinds of attention. Is the message then that it is better to be violent to get overdue reform from public servants?

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By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

He was 63 years old when he could take it no more. Gary Woodruff had struggled for 18 years to have a God-given relationship with his only son. But a money-driven “custodial parent” was more bent on having another man as the dad of that only child.

They say you got to fight for your kids. But that’s a lawyer-created battle cry because it puts billions of fees in their pockets annually with a typical outcome worse than if the victim was never represented. Don’t look to family judges for sympathy. They profit from federal Title IV-D funds which reward them by the number and size of child support orders they issue and satisfy.

We protested peacefully against this carnage last year at our Parent March on Washington, focusing on those parents and children lost to family court carnage, including veterans who are committing suicide at the rate of 22 per day. We had a police escort down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. It started at Lafayette Park where rioters today are burning churches and park grounds in front of the White House.

Shockingly, these violent protesters are getting all kinds of attention while we could not even elicit an acknowledgement letter from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer after our meeting in his conference room on May 2, 2019. No reply was given to our 600 reports delivered to all members of Congress by aggrieved parents from across the country. Are Washington leaders sending the message that it is better to engage in violence than peaceful protests?

Our report identified numerous victims of family court abuse ranging from a city police investigator who committed a murder-suicide on his ex-wife after leaving child support court to a protesting dad who burned himself alive in front of a family court in New Hampshire. No one gave a rat’s ass, and today we are supposed to be sympathetic to these rioters.

Politicians need to stop the posturing, the propaganda and fake respect for peaceful protesters. Now we’ve lost another good dad to court corruption. On the next nationwide conference call of the Parenting Rights Institute (a family court watch group), Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 7pm ET, we will feature Glen Gibellina, a parental rights advocate in Florida who will present the details behind the demise of his friend, Gary Woodruff.

Glen shocked us with the news at the opening of our last call on Monday before we introduced guest speaker Dr. Anthony Pappas. As the emergency contact for Gary, Glen will relate how he was prevented from securing the body for a proper burial, how he got caught up in red tape that required permission from a 22 year old son alienated by an evil mom. So, as Glen put it, the body remains on a slab for more than a week now.

These are the gory details of a money lusting family court system which is refusing to reform itself. While its members routinely memorialize dead judges in official ceremonies, they have no regard for the families they effectively kill as public servants.

God bless Glen Gibellina for his humanitarian effort to give this loving a dad a proper send-off. Our conference call promises to be a profound one. It’s free and open to all at (605) 313-4427; access # 583326. Join us at 7pm ET on June 4th and spread the word. We must assure Gary that his suffering and early death were not in vain.

Holding Police and the Judiciary Accountable: Attorney and Civil Rights Expert address the George Floyd riots

In this brief interview conducted by the Law Center and Philadelphia Attorney Larry DeMarco, former civil rights attorney, Dr. Leon Koziol, reveals alarming dysfunction which contributed to the horrific killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

Dr. Koziol also provides a solution to end the riots across America while assuring effective reforms that can prevent a recurrence of such racially charged incidents. It is based on 30 years of civil rights litigation in federal and state courts.

Because this website, http://www.leonkoziol.com, is being censored, viewers are asked to share this video with civil rights victims, news organizations and social media heroes who could make it viral.

All who would like more detail on the content of this video are encouraged to view the solo version below:

Civil Rights Advocate draws on 30 years of court experience to promote an end to violent protests of Floyd Murder

 

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

In this video, I bring 30 years of litigation experience as a civil rights advocate to expose the cause for ongoing carnage upon people of color in the United States. I show how government inaction led up to the George Floyd murder on May 25, 2020. I also chart a course for bringing race victims, government officials and law enforcement together to end the violent protests that are rampant across the country.

Due to the censorship of my website and suppression of whistleblowing activities, I am asking people of all backgrounds to make this highly revealing message viral on social and mainstream media. You can contact me directly at (315) 796-4000 or leonkoziol@gmail.com.

Are you a family court victim in need of an uplift? Listen to three lively conference calls of the Parenting Rights Institute featuring experts here.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Our court experts, victims and participation continue to grow with lively exchanges during our free nationwide conference calls focused on domestic court issues. They occur every Monday and Thursday at 7pm ET. You can join by calling (605) 313-4427; access # 583326. Click on to any of the links beneath the headings below to listen to our last three programs.

This Monday, June 1, 2020, at 7pm ET, we feature Dr. Anthony Pappas, a finance professor at St. John’s University. He is a 15-year divorce victim who has spent over $2 million in lawyer fees and court costs. His ordeal and interview entitled “The Endless Divorce of Professor Anthony Pappas.” Check that out by clicking here.

An advocate for court reform, Dr. Pappas was an expert speaker at our 2019 Parent March on Washington. This highly praised event included an expert panel at the Congressional Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Capitol. In 2018, Dr. Pappas was the Republican candidate for Congress against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). He has a PhD from Yale University and a degree from MIT.

After an opening waiting period of casual discussion, this guest will be introduced like the others were with a 20-30 minute presentation before we open the session to questions and sharing of valuable information. It’s open to all, a public service of the Parenting Rights Institute. As for our last three vibrant calls, they are repeated below. Keep in mind there is casual discussion for 10-20 minutes at the outset until callers check in which can be by-passed through forwarding:

PHILADELPHIA ATTORNEY LAWRENCE DEMARCO

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The first show on May 21, 2020 (conference call link above) featured Philadelphia Attorney Larry DeMarco of DeMarco & DeMarco P.C. A large number of listeners opened up after his presentation with more than 90 minutes of lively exchange. You can learn so much from this session and obtain encouragements along the way.

GABRIELLA BOYD FOUNDATION

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The second show featured the Gabriella Boyd Foundation on May 25, 2020 (next link above). Steven Boyd gave a heart-wrenching story of his 2-year old daughter, Gabriella, murdered by her mother to prevent a custody change. Our Candlelight Vigil on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol (last event of our 3-day Parent March last year) was dedicated to Gabriella, veterans and family court victims everywhere. The mother was ultimately convicted of murdering her child and attempted murder of a police officer during the arrest. You won’t want to miss this victim story.

DR. MARTHA LINK, M.D.

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The third show on May 28, 2020 featured Dr. Martha Link M.D., a psychiatrist and forensic expert witness at court proceedings in New York City. She opens with her experiences as both an expert in PTSD and other victim conditions but also her own ordeal in probate court regarding the care and attorney exploitation of her elderly mother. Her 20 minute opening follows with an increasingly lively exchange among family court victims and advocates of court reform. This show has received great reviews in addition to the other two.

A common theme among participants and presenters is the abuse of litigants by courts and lawyers. The PRI Self-Representation Program is recommended in the recent video made available below. You can also obtain this program, our recently published book, Satan’s Docket, and other valuable items by calling the Parenting Rights Institute office at (315) 380-3420 or logging on to http://www.leonkoziol.com. My program is explained below:

Corona Chronicles #19: When Family Courts Reopen, Will Violence be the Norm?

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By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

In yesterday’s nationwide conference call, the question was posed on the “New Normal” as applied to our nation’s divorce and family courts. What will these courts look like if and when the coronavirus pandemic runs its course?

The answers appeared relatively unanimous: 1) the crisis will NOT humble any lawyers, service providers or judges; 2) the players will be hungrier than ever, inventing new grounds for lucrative conflict; 3) violent criminals will continue to be let out of jails while non-criminal support debtors will replace them; 4) these tribunals will be worse than pre-virus courts, and 5) overwhelmed victims will resort to mass violence.

Like so many whistle blower warnings I have made over the years regarding corrupt government practices, I am once again way ahead of the curve on this subject. Already lawyers interviewed by media are reporting a sharp spike in divorce cases due to home quarantines and emphasizing the need for virtual courts to handle emergency applications. Such courts should reduce waiting and travel time fees, but see # 1-5 above.

Lawyers find a way to exploit a crisis as much as they do the good times. Foreclosures, bankruptcies and business reorganizations are only some of the practice areas that will yield a new wave of profits. Clients subject to over billing practices will have no remedy since the foxes will still be watching the chicken coop.

Proof of the latter can be found in a shocking example repeated time and again on this website.  Ethics lawyers engaged in the witch hunt against me announced at a closed hearing that they would continue to target my law license as long as I continued to seek recourse against lawyer and judicial misconduct. Only weeks later, the same ethics lawyers were allowed to resign quietly after being caught falsifying their time sheets.

Unlike the rest of us, no criminal or ethics charges were lodged. These are the standard-bearers of lawyer ethics charged with the duty of preventing client over-billing. Yet they not only stole from taxpayers, they stole from the judges who hired them, New York’s Third Judicial Department in Albany, see Times Union article, July 11, 2013. They have been in private practice ever since.

For this reason it is important for all parents seeking relief in these courts to be prepared for the onslaught which awaits us. This post is a serious forewarning that should be actively shared on the internet. It is also one which can prepare you well in advance. On this site, http://www.leon koziol.com, and the Parenting Rights Institute website, you will find a self-representation and court strategy program which does exactly that.

Because these sites prevent or reduce lawyer fees and federal funding kick-backs to these courts, they have been suppressed and censored. Indeed we had to sue a family court judge in New York Supreme Court to remove a gag order on this one. If you doubt the coming violence, here is a sampling of shocking events which support our predictions. They occurred prior to this economically devastating crisis and were ignored in our report to all members of Congress on May 2, 2019:

On September 28, 2009, police Investigator Joseph Longo was ordered to pay $1,800 in monthly child support. He answered the same day with a murder- suicide leaving four children without parents. Even the district attorney could not predict this. A $2 million recovery was based on a zone of danger created by city officials as opposed to family court, Pearce v Longo, 766 F. Supp. 2d 367 (2011) LaDuca, Rage built Longo to murder-suicide, Observer Dispatch, 12/30/09. 

On June 15, 2011, a father and war veteran, Thomas Ball, burned himself alive on the steps of a family court to protest years of abuse and separation from his children. It stemmed from a single incident of slapping his daughter, and he left behind a manifesto on how to firebomb courts. Even after such a horrific death, the ex-wife stubbornly defended herself by complaining that her children’s dad failed to comply with court counselling. This is how demented the process has become, see Mark Arsenault, Dad leaves clues to his desperation, Boston Globe, July 10, 2011. 

On April 4, 2015, Walter Scott, an unarmed father was shot dead five times in the back by a traffic cop while fleeing a support warrant. The shocking murder was videoed by a concealed bystander. Contrary to national hype focused on racism, the victim’s funeral pastor blamed it on draconian child support confinements. Many concluded that the state was now killing for money given the revolving door outcomes. In vain, two reporters warned of this trend, see Robles and Dewan, Skip child support. Go to jail. Lose job. Repeat. New York Times, 4/15/15 at pg. 1.       

On July 30, 2018, a physical therapist with a practice in Manhattan fatally shot his ex-wife, their 6-year old son and current wife in his Astoria (Queens) home. It became the final edict in a protracted custody battle fueled by judicial war games. After a failed Go-Fund-Me effort to pay his lawyer fees, in a page titled “Child Kidnapping,” the abused dad, James Shield, explained, “I had the perfect life a few years ago but it has spiraled out of control,” Moore, Musemeci and Sheehy, Custody battle led dad to family murder suicide, New York Post, July 31, 2018. 

Less transparent are the countless cases swarming beneath these four which can easily explode. Their cause is wrongfully blamed on the parents. The public is duped into believing that an adversarial process yields truth and justice in our courts. That may be true in other forms of litigation, but when children are taken hostage by untethered lawyers, the opposite is true here. Parents commit perjury on an artificial premise that they are protecting their offspring. Sparks convert to forest fires, children emulate the dysfunction, and the perpetrators profit. See pp 10-11, Dr. Leon Koziol, Federal Funded Epidemic: Corruption and Carnage in America’s Divorce Industry.

You can reach Dr. Leon Koziol, Parent and Civil Rights Advocate, directly at (315) 796-4000 or e-mail him at leonkoziol@gmail.com. Also, please sign and promote our petition to prevent coronavirus spread below:

 

Corona Chronicles #17: Breaking News: Experts now say Cuomo and DeBlasio could have prevented 50%-80% of deaths in NYC. But they duped media and elevated infections.

 

 

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Since the beginning of humanity, parents everywhere have been charged with a duty to protect their offspring from all manner of harm. That duty does not end with child safety, good upbringing and eventual maturity. It lasts to our dying days, a duty to make life better for future generations. Otherwise parenting itself may be in vain.

Coronavirus has now presented itself as our greatest test in modern times. We cannot hunker down in silence while professional con-artists seize authoritarian power to grandstand, deceive and assert unscientific projections for headline-grabbing purposes. Some egos are simply insatiable, and we cannot allow such egos to elevate the harm to our children, neighbors and loved ones.

This was the motivation behind the current series of posts at http://www.leonkoziol.com entitled “Corona Chronicles.” Governor Andrew Cuomo was losing it with his headline-grabbing news conferences to distract public attention from his gross failures to timely arrest viral spread and prevent large scale deaths.

From a rejection of 16,000 ventilators offered to him in 2015 to a delayed closure of schools, airports and playgrounds into the month of April, he presided over the greatest carnage and risk to human life in state history. Typically ahead of my time in whistle blowing and reform efforts, I was again “ahead of the curve” on the political front lines here.

Now comes breaking news that Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill DeBlasio failed to take timely action which could have saved 50-80% of lives in the epicenter. This news comes from a very reliable source which is not being well reported by mainstream media. In today’s (British) Daily Mail, the ex-CDC chief of the United States, Dr. Thomas Frieden, made that conclusion.

This was something I have long asserted. You would think that someone would finally put a stop to their ineptness and carnage. Instead the two were allowed opened floodgates to upstate carnage with latent viral curves which may take much longer to run their course before our communities could re-open.

History may some day treat Andrew Cuomo as the “Governor of Death” for what he caused in two entirely distinct regions of our state. I refer you now to preceding posts of these Corona Chronicles to show how correct my concerns have been.

In the meantime it remains critical that you sign and promote our Citizen Petition to Protect Upstate New York and other states from Coronavirus Infections spreading out from America’s epicenter. New York City and Italy are two of the most impacted parts of the world today. We should learn from their failures.

Petition Link:  http://chng.it/wLdrdxrwTY

You can reach Dr. Leon Koziol at leonkoziol@parentingrightsinstitute.com or call our office at (315) 380-3420. Please share this post.

Corona Chronicles #16: What will the “New Normal” look like after coronavirus? Where do religious leaders stand on court reform?

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By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Earlier today, I referenced a front page New York Times article that finally exposed Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill DeBlasio for their gross mis-handling of the coronavirus epicenter. That article corroborated our recent posts in a series I call “Corona Chronicles.”

We need a similar story upstate as we look to the future, what they’re calling the “New Normal.” Of the countless followers I accumulated on four sites over the past ten years, nearly all are focused on corruption, parent alienation or Title IV-D court funding abuses.

But will anything change? Will it be business as usual at the other end of the curve? The answer may lie in what we do now while under a mass lock-down. It is critical to join in a master plan of sorts which transforms our nation’s family courts into a conciliatory environment.

Unfortunately, the public retains a higher regard for judges than they do lawyers or politicians, making such reform all but impossible given the lucrative nature of the “Old Normal” custody system. To debunk that myth, I have reported or acted on serious judge misconduct.

So, for example, on April 3, 2020, the New York Post featured an article regarding a “Long Island judge who copped to stealing dirty undies from the home of a female neighbor… resigned from the bench and has been stripped of his law license.” Here is an excerpt:

Long Island judge pleads guilty to raiding neighbor’s dirty panties

Suffolk County District Judge Robert Cicale pleaded guilty in September to second-degree attempted burglary, a felony, for breaking into the home of a 23-year-old woman who used to be the pervy judge’s intern on separate occasions and stealing panties from her laundry hamper.

The judicial panty-bandit was arrested in March 2018 as he was leaving the woman’s house — with his pockets stuffed full of her skivvies.

Cicale was sentenced to probation in November and was required to register as a sex offender.

The judge was suspended without pay following his arrest — but inexplicably held onto his position on the bench, which prevented local officials from holding an election to replace him.

Cicale finally agreed on March 31 to resign, according to documents released Friday by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct. His term was set to end on Dec. 31, though the New York Court of Appeals — the state’s highest court — could have ordered his removal prior to that date.

“The public cannot respect and the electorate cannot replace a judge who pleads guilty to a felony but holds on to office, despite being suspended without pay,” commission Administrator Robert Tembeckjian said in a news release.

Judicial conduct rules compel the highest standards of conduct both on and off the bench. Yet this judge did not resign or exhibit genuine remorse from the time of his arrest. He is far from alone in that regard. My child custody judge, Bryan Hedges, had to be permanently removed by New York’s high court when it appeared that he would seek re-election after admitting to sexual abuse of his handicapped five year old niece.

Throughout this site, http://www.leonkoziol.com, you will find one example after another of judges from the top down who were sent to federal prison, convicted of bribes and even a racist judge making violent threats from the bench who was allowed to stay in office (Utica City Judge Gerald Popeo assigned to my family court case).

On our bi-weekly conference calls, the examples keep coming in from around the country. We recently changed these calls from planning sessions for our annual march and lobby initiative in Washington to coping sessions while being denied child contact during home quarantine. I continue to give hope where I can.

One of our faithful participants, Dr. Anthony Pappas, a finance professor at St. Johns University, has insisted that we get religious organizations involved, making parallels to those who supported Dr. Martin Luther King. I have joined him at family rights conferences at the United Nations and Holy See Mission. He has written the Pope, fortunate to get a formal reply of encouragement, and is asking you to do the same:

Please ask for help from Pope Francis. A one-ounce letter by global first-class costs $1.20. The address is: His Holiness, Pope Francis; Apostolic Palace; VATICAN CITY. Ask him to take a leadership role in this time of crisis and support our efforts to reform these courts.

Another returning participant, Dr Martha Link, a psychologist, has asked us to be more aggressive in our exposures of judicial misconduct and lawyer over-billing practices. She has given us useful information. You are welcome to join every Monday and Thursday, 7pm ET. Call (605) 313-4427. Access code is 583326.

While quarantined, you can also easily sign and share our petition to contain the spread of coronavirus, crime and parental alienation during this crucial period. Just click on to the link below and be a part of the solution:

Petition Link:   http://chng.it/wLdrdxrwTY

Reach Dr. Leon Koziol directly at (315) 796-4000, e-mail at leonkoziol@parentingrightsinstitute.com or call our PRI office at (315) 380-3420.

 

President Trump: “I know parents who don’t love their children.” Reply: “I know parents who love their children but are alienated by federally funded judges.”

The above video, entitled “Parents Under Siege” is the first of a series used to promote our Parent March on Washington, subtitled: The Lawyer Epidemic.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

At a campaign rally in North Carolina on Monday, President Trump twice told a crowd of supporters that he “knows many parents who don’t love their children very much,” see Haberman & Baker, At Rally, Trump Takes Aim at Democrats Amid Reshuffling of Primary Field, NY Times, March 3, 2020 edition, pg. A-17.

It was a statement I heard myself, and it remains unclear what was meant by it or why it was said. However, it should inspire parents victimized by our divorce and family courts to rally against a funding scheme that rewards these courts by the number of parents they can alienate from their children.

That shocking truth has been suppressed for decades due to the lucrative benefits that Title IV-D of the Social Security Act brings to lawyers, service providers and family judges. It is the truth behind a percentage of parents who seemingly “don’t love their children,” but are prevented from doing so by this funding scheme.

Lawyers “who don’t love ethics very much” may know little about how this funding scheme harms clients. But they do know from early financial statements in any divorce or support proceeding how much is available to pay for their fees. Once a parent is sucked into this court system, it’s a downward spiral. Lawyers incite needless conflict to keep the money flowing.

These are not genuine lawyers. They’re licensed con-artists preying on your emotions. They could care less about your children, mine or even their own given the precedent they set in these courts. Then, in an ultimate hypocrisy, they continue to maintain that they are bankrupting entire families and raiding college funds for “the best interests of our children.”

The judges (more accurately lawyers on the bench) are equally at fault in this custody gold mine. Financial incentives make them biased. They overlook and even promote the legalized robberies and kidnapping of parent-child relationships because they are rewarded by federal funds (Title IV-D performance grants) based on the number of “custodial parents” they can create.

Such funds are diminished whenever two parents can get along and need no “custody” titles. They need no government interference or supervision. This is why shared parenting laws are opposed by special interests and bar associations (so-called “professional” service providers who feed off the custody gold mine). That is also why mediation and settlement are also thwarted.

This category of moms and dads love their children beyond imagination. They will fight to the end to protect them, and that is exactly what these lawyers “love” to hear in consultations. They are there to test parents on how much money and assets they are willing to part with for the “best interests” of their children.

After 20 years as a proven attorney another 10 years as a victim, I have seen the carnage time and again. It’s all about the money. “Best interests” propaganda detracts from an epidemic no differently than tobacco, drug and food advertisements do. The child industry is now a humanitarian crisis with daily suicides, financial ruin and premature deaths. The difference here is that it’s being suppressed by the courts which profit from it.

Our federal courts may be more to blame. They were created for the very purpose of protecting our federal rights. But a look at the record shows the judges there abandoning their duties (despite life terms) to protect their state court colleagues instead. Any whistle blower lawyer or victimized parent who seeks reform and justice is targeted and destroyed no differently than the regimes our military is sent overseas to fight.

None of this will change until we parents make a profound public statement in Washington. A rare opportunity to do so now awaits you on May 27-29, 2020 when the Parenting Rights Institute will sponsor its Annual Parent March and Conference. We begin with an orientation session will occur at the Congressional Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Capitol at 7 pm on May 27.

At that session we will be preparing for our lobby day in Congress the next day. At 7 pm on May 28, 2020, we will sponsor expert speakers at the same location. This is a ticketed event. At Noon on Friday, May 29, 2020, we will assemble at Lafayette Square Park at the White House to begin our march under police escort down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Supreme Court.

Each Thursday at 7pm EST we are hosting nationwide conference calls to grow numbers for this event. These calls are not designed for war stories, therapy, legal advice or fringe ideas. We know what we are doing and will not tolerate moles and trolls who contaminate such efforts because they benefit from the system. This is a proven event for the sake of all victims.

If you would like to be a part of these calls or our 3-day event, call our office at (315) 380-3420 or e-mail me directly at leonkoziol@gmail.com.

President Trump has been kept in the dark on this “judicial swamp” and may be our only hope to clean up the corruption. But like former Judiciary Chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley stated at a recent Whistle blower Conference, “You can’t fix something if you don’t know its broken, that’s just common sense.” Let us now bring “common sense” to Washington.

 

 

 

 

 

Annual Parent March on Washington Moved to May 27-29, 2020 Based On Auditorium, Hotel and Parade Logistics. Conference Call Planning: 2/27 @ 7pm

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Holiday Inn Capitol Ballroom Reserved For Events May 27 and 28 at 7 pm. Discount Lodging  Is Dependent on Demand. Make Your Reservations Now. Lower Rates at Hotel Harrington Are Also Available and Recommended

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Putting together a 3-day event of this magnitude in our nation’s capital is a daunting task to say the least. But we learned a lot last year with our first Parent March on Washington held on May 1-3, 2019. To make all of this happen efficiently, it became necessary to reschedule this year’s events for May 27-29, 2020 (one week earlier than the original dates set for June 3-5).

Already I have filed march permits, coordinated our agenda with the Metropolitan Police, assured an escort down Pennsylvania Avenue, and reserved ballroom space at the Holiday Inn Capitol for our organizing and expert speaking event.This puts us one month ahead of last year with three more weeks on the other end.

The hotel is ideally situated near the end of our parade route and only blocks away from the Capitol and congressional office buildings. It is in the middle of everything in downtown Washington D.C. and perfect for our second day lobby initiative or even a sightseeing tour. Those who attended last year’s events are already familiar with the venues and identical itinerary for this year’s Parent March on Washington.

Yes, we are growing the momentum. This is not another one of those “in-and-out”  events in the sweltering heat of summer when Congress and the Supreme Court are not even in session. We must be heard and seen in the prime of weekday business activity if reform and accountability are ever to occur in our nation’s divorce and family courts.

This is a proven, credible event over a three day period which you will be proud to be a part of. You will learn, as those did last year, that you are not alone in your ordeals and challenges. We are focused this year on getting the attention of candidates for president and Congress with party conventions only weeks later.

We are also resuming our nationwide conference calls tomorrow. If you are interested in being part of our event management team, feel free to call our office at (315) 380-3420 or e-mail me at leonkoziol@gmail.com. Keep in mind we are a grass roots movement reliant on donations and volunteerism. There is a lot going on now with much more to do on a daily basis.

Help us raise needed funds and spread the word on this vital affair to benefit parents, children and families across America!