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!

A Fathers Day Story: Never Give Up On Your Children !

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By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

It could have been so much better for the New Hartford High School Class of 2020. But the pandemic denied these graduates that special commencement ceremony on stage before friends, family and staff.

Fortunately, this particular school district would not surrender altogether. With much creativity and determination, it literally gave graduates their “day in the sun” with a send-off ceremony in a large corporate parking lot under cloudless skies.

My daughter, Kristen, was a part of it on June 20, 2020. Only days earlier the principal notified me that she had graduated with honors despite a three-month lock-down. But I was never notified of an earlier isolated ceremony, so I was obviously looking forward to this one.

The way it worked, students would be confined to their vehicles parked in linear fashion to maintain social distancing guidelines. The faculty and staff would then drive by in various lanes to wave good-bye. Decorations and messages were allowed.

It was all good until I learned that participation would be limited to one vehicle per graduate, leaving me on the outside once again as a non-custodial father. So with my own creativity and determination, I rented a mini-bus featuring a large banner that could hopefully be seen from a distance.

However when I arrived with my own family and friends, our hopes were dashed. Police vehicles with emergency lights activated were blocking accessways to the lot. A multi-story insurance building in front of us, a fenced off highway and dense brush blocked the views from all sides.

This was particularly irking because half of the lot was empty, and the one-family rule reflected an ongoing failure of our school systems to accommodate “non-custodial” parents. It remains a classification to maximize federal incentive grants. Having been denied so much school activity over so many years, I had to do something. As it turns out, I got my own unique send-off.

I instructed my bus driver to pull up to one of the patrol cars to explain how important this event was to me. The officer may have known my history because, to my surprise, he backed up his vehicle and directed us to the outgoing access road. We were actually heading the wrong way down a one-way lane to join the moving procession limited to faculty and staff.

So there we were, neither parked nor remotely located, proceeding back and forth along the lanes with student/family vehicles parked on either side until all were passed. Honking, cheering and well-wishes were exchanged throughout. And as fate would have it, our large banner was the only one paraded for all to see.

Sadly I did not get any contact from my daughter before, during or after this event despite the fact that I never gave up on her during my parenting years. I was never charged with neglect or abuse and sacrificed nearly everything in the process. My exposure of family court corruption had once again taken its toll with a “custodial parent” bent on permanent alienation.

In a likely rage and rush to judgment, she will condemn the special treatment that dad managed to obtain during this send-off. But it could have been so much easier if she or my daughter had simply communicated with me. Yes this is how bizarre my world has become as a civil rights attorney and corruption whistleblower.

I have yet to get any well wishes from my girls today, Father’s Day, 2020. But with all the ones I did get from supporters, I am compelled to resume my crusade of reform. They see it as my destiny, but that assumes my health can hold out.

Happy Fathers Day !

 

 

White Civil Rights Attorney Persecuted for Saving Black Lives

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ABOVE: Al Sharpton and Dr. Leon Koziol, in South Carolina protesting the police murder of Walter Scott, an unarmed father shot dead five times in the back while fleeing a child support warrant at a traffic stop.

In Leon’s report two months later to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Justice Department, Leon warned that he could be similarly targeted as a white civil rights attorney. Fatefully that happened at a traffic stop in 2018 due to a racist judge, Gerald Popeo.

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The above report was also delivered to Congressman Jim Clyburn following the Walter Scott murder. He was called to task by Koziol at a national news conference during Walter Scott’s funeral in 2015.

Despite promises of meetings and reform, nothing came in response even after our Parent March on Washington in 2019 when we visited the same offices with an updated report citing more carnage.

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Dr. Leon Koziol joins fellow advocates at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. during the annual whistleblower convention in 2017

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Leon Koziol with David Patterson, the first African-American governor of New York when the witch hunt began against him in 2008 for his conscientious stands

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Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol with Super Bowl winner Jamie Brown of the Denver Broncos and a marine veteran. Both served as parade marshals during our Parent March on Washington May 1-3, 2019.

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The above news articles are only a few that describe the litigation history of civil rights advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, before New York’s Appellate Division suspended his law license in 2010 after 23 unblemished years of practice. The Stephen Patterson case was his last one.

The victim there was subjected to years of persecution after Leon obtained a $333,000 jury verdict argued before Justice Sonia Sotomayor in Manhattan, see Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (2nd Cir 2004). The city was found guilty of wrongful discharge of Stephen Patterson, the first African-American Public Works Commissioner of an upstate New York city. Leon obtained another $90,000 for Stephen’s father, a church pastor, who suffered retaliation by the same city.

Facing his own persecution for doing so, Leon was compelled to return in a later case as Patterson’s attorney without charge when learning that his former client had attempted suicide in the city lock-up. The presiding judge, Gerald Popeo, was eventually censured by a judicial conduct commission after being charged with using “N” slurs, threatening assault from the bench, and jailing litigants in violation of their due process rights for such behavior as a “smirk.”

Koziol complained that Judge Popeo should have been removed altogether much like his custody judge was for admitted pedophilia years earlier (Syracuse family judge Bryan Hedges). Judge Popeo avenged that public censure by having himself assigned as a city judge to Leon’s family court case leading to a near fatal event.

That event occurred on August 30, 2018 when a traffic cop purporting to enforce a support warrant issued by Judge Popeo threatened to shoot Leon “on sight.” The scene resembled the Walter Scott case. A dangerous suspect warning had been added secretly to that warrant and eventually leaked to the media. But as fate would have it, Leon was not present in his vehicle when that threat was made to its driver.

This is a horrific John Grisham ordeal, but it is no novel. It is a true story that continues to be covered up. Black Lives Matter, NAACP and all victims of racial abuse need to support civil rights advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, in his time of need during license reinstatement proceedings now underway in Albany, New York.

This comes after an excessive and unjust license suspension of 10 years on a six month term long completed in 2013. In contrast, Attorney Stanley Cohen was reinstated by New York’s Appellate Division in 2018 after only two years from the time of his prison release for tax evasion (involving some $3 million in unreported fees and income).

Despite a felony conviction, Cohen suffered only a license suspension, not the standard disbarment, despite representing cop killers, a relative of Osama bin Laden and terrorists. Leon was never even charged with a crime and represented law enforcement as well as genuine civil rights victims.

Here is the bottom line of all this. The Leon Koziol ordeal supports recent calls for white advocates to join Black Lives Matter. That movement needs to add judge brutality and a broken court system to the targets of reform. This is the case that will stand as precedent for that in the memory of George Floyd. Help us spread the word on this highly censored ordeal to make it happen.

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All who would like more detail on the persecution of civil rights advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, and a “shoot on sight” threat by a traffic cop on August 30, 2018 are encouraged to view his recent video summary below:

THEN AND NOW: The below video summary of our 2019 Parent March on Washington was produced by Philadelphia Attorney Lawrence DeMarco. That video proves how peaceful and respectful we were at Lafayette Square Park in front of the White House and throughout our procession under police escort down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol.

However, despite over 600 reports delivered to members of Congress and meetings in such offices as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, not a single reply was offered. Is violence then the answer as rioters have proven today for getting our government’s attention? Today’s politicians are praising our kind of protest over the violent one also pictured below, but without even the respect of acknowledging it.

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If you would like to help us in a petition to reinstate civil rights attorney Leon Koziol and another to remove racist judge Gerald Popeo, call us at Parenting Rights Institute (315) 380-3420 or Leon personally at (315) 796-4000. You can also e-mail him at leonkoziol@gmail.com.

Help us make this post viral at http://www.leonkoziol.com as it has been highly censored including a 2016 gag order by a family judge which was removed after we sued him in New York Supreme Court. God bless America!

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.

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.

Join the campaign to remove “Scary Gerry” Popeo from Utica City Court

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“I would love to come off this bench and wipe that smirk off your face!” Judge Gerald Popeo to a litigant in his courtroom

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

As they say, every dirty dog has his day. You can abuse judicial office and get away with it for a long time. But the day will come when you will be held accountable, and what a sweet day that will be for the victims.

That day for Judge Gerald Popeo has arrived. And like so many who ganged up on me (we’ll just call them junk yard dogs), justice will finally be served when he is removed from the bench by a stellar candidate who announced his campaign to seek Gerry’s judgeship in 2020.

Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Joe Saba announced that he will seek the judgeship for City Court of Utica, New York this week.  Scary Gerry has not yet announced and was no doubt hoping to be unopposed. But like another member of the “Get Leon” clan, Judge Mike Daley, I am predicting a sound defeat of incumbent Popeo should he decide to run.

After “Cowboy” Daley abused his judge assignment to my family court case in 2010, he could not get the support of his political party when he sought re-election shortly afterward. He could not even get support for his old job as Herkimer County DA. He was soundly defeated by another assistant district attorney.

Judge #42 has now replaced Popeo after all his revenge work was completed against me. Assigned out of Syracuse, her name is “Martha Mulroy” who simply joined the junk yard team by denying everything I requested, even simple phone contact which life term prisoners get. That is how deep the venom runs after all the corruption I exposed.

I have never been charged with a crime, reported for abuse or found to be an unfit parent. I am the victim of a so-called “custodial parent” (Kelly Hawse-Koziol) who abused her own title through brainwashing and severe parental alienation to get a millionaire father replacement. She failed in at least two of her scams and is now working on her third victim according to an anonymous letter received last month.

It may be too late to save my father-daughter relationships, but hopefully I might get major compensation and precedent to benefit others in my state supreme court case which was recently moved to federal court by the New York Attorney General. Scary Gerry is now the lead defendant named in that action after the State of New York was necessarily dropped due to 11th Amendment sovereign immunity.

I will now recruit voters in the city which I once served as an elected councilman and corporation counsel. Mr. Saba saved me a full page dedicated to seeking candidates to run against Popeo. It should not be difficult to remove Gerry after that Public Censure he got from the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct (issued on February 12, 2015).

In that decision, you will find how Gerry was found guilty of making racial jokes to an African-American attorney in city court. He was censured for a threat to do violence to a litigant by threatening to come off the bench to “wipe a smirk off (his) face.” He could not lie about that one, like he denied the racial misconduct, because his threats were recorded by a court stenographer. Now let’s face it, that is one DUMB  judge.

Scary Gerry was also punished for throwing guys in jail in violation of their due process rights whenever someone rubbed him the wrong way. Now that’s EGO MANIA on steroids! Come on Gerry, this isn’t a street fight. You have the protection of court security, and you gotta wonder who they would restrain if Gerry did come off the bench to wipe out smirks. They would certainly not be necessary if he attempted that on me.

There were so many cases of wrongdoing that you gotta wonder how Gerry was allowed to remain on the bench at all. This is the same guy who bellied up to me at a local bar in 2017 to accuse me of involvement in the “witch hunt” against him. I now wish I was involved but informed him truthfully that I was not. Evidently paranoid for some irrational reason, he did not buy it.

Somehow he got himself assigned to my family court case six months later. Now, all else aside, you gotta ask yourself a common sense question: what is a racist, violent and egotistical judge doing in family court which features domestic violence cases and sensitive family matters? He was obviously appointed to even the score for his paranoid suspicions. That alone is a serious violation of the Judicial Code of Ethics.

Judge Gerry then orchestrated a support violation warrant which got out of control when a traffic cop claimed that he could “shoot on site” because somehow that warrant was secretly modified into high alert status. All of this is now the subject of my federal case. Yeah, as I stated, every dirty dog has his day. You can’t change the spots on a leopard, but you can change a scary situation by voting a dog out of office.

If you would like to help the movement to throw “Scary Gerry” off the bench, call our office at (315) 380-3420

Federal Court to Hear Precedent Case Regarding Parental Alienation, Support Abuses and Whistle Blower Retaliation

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Participants of our Parent March on Washington were rewarded with a police escort down Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Capitol Building on May 3, 2019. We spent the prior day in the halls of Congress lobbying for a federal investigation of human rights violations and federal funding abuses in our nation’s divorce and family courts.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

On November 15, 2019, at 9 a.m., at the United States Courthouse in Albany, New York, a federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments regarding a precedent-seeking case entitled, Leon Koziol, Individually and as Natural Parent vs State of New York, Child Support Processing Center, Acting Family Judge Gerald Popeo, Support Magistrate Natalie Carraway, Chief Court Clerk Barbara Porta, Support Investigator Katie Lawrence, Custodial Parent Kelly Hawse-Koziol and Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol.

This case features inhumane retributions which I sustained as a model parent and attorney who blew the whistle on corruption in our divorce and family courts. That corruption is twofold: first the systemic bias among judges rewarded by the number and size of support orders they issue under a federal funding law known as Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, and second, a particular bias ranging from my pedophile custody judge removed from the bench (Bryan Hedges) to a racist, unethical and abusive judge censured by a judicial commission (Gerald Popeo, a defendant here).

It was filed on August 7, 2019 in New York Supreme Court after I was denied court transcripts and evidentiary subpoenas to show a major fraud during a support violation proceeding. My rights of due process, free speech and equal protection were violated incessantly after federal judges in upstate New York referred my complaints to state court over the years. In a shocking irony, the New York Attorney General (representing the state, judges and court clerk) then moved my case from state court back to federal court on August 29, 2019.

Nearly 40 trial level judges have been disqualified or removed from my originally uncontested divorce. Over a period of 12 years, my livelihood, reputation and parent-child relations were utterly destroyed through such concoctions as a “prohibited alcohol related gesture” (a wedding toast) and fabricated college degrees (PhD and Masters) to elevate my support obligations.

It has set new records for unmitigated corruption. For example, ethics lawyers engaged in the witch hunt against me have opposed my reinstatement to practice as long as I continue to blow the whistle. This has been ongoing for a record 10 years. The same lawyers were then allowed to resign without any criminal or ethics charges after being caught falsifying their time sheets.

As observers across the country have warned time and again, if they can do this to a model parent and unblemished attorney (for more than 23 years), imagine what they could do to the rest of us. A sort of Gestapo atmosphere is growing in our family courts to advance a trillion dollar industry. Anyone courageous or conscientious enough to stand in the way of this gold mine will be squashed, immediately or over time.

The greed and corruption are so rampant that I was subjected to a “shoot on site” threat arising from an unlawful support warrant one year ago. That warrant was issued by Defendant Judge Gerald Popeo who accepted an assignment to my support case six months after complaining of my supposed participation in a “witch hunt” that led to his  public censure by a judicial commission. Defendant Sheriff Robert Maciol admitted during a radio program that this high alert warrant was unlawfully leaked to the media. Read more details by clicking on to the link below:

(Koziol Complaint Dated August 7, 2019)

This is a watershed case seeking to declare excessive enforcement practices unconstitutional, to establish parental alienation as a constitutional violation, and to secure legal protection for judicial whistle blowers. Bradley Birkenfeld recovered $104 million in an IRS whistle blower case after serving a 30 month prison term in retaliation for his exposure of a Swiss Bank scandal involving billions of dollars in federal revenue losses. I am seeking to set precedent here for those parents sent to debtor prisons and punished for protecting their children. Over time, it could result in billions of dollars in federal tax savings.

Precedent cases in recent years have proven me correct in my long held positions while paving the way for justice to finally occur. These include unanimous Supreme Court decisions in Exxon Mobile v Saudi Industries, 544 US 280 (2005); Marshall v Marshall, 547 US 293 (2006), Sprint v Jacobs, 571 US 69 (2013) and Rippo v Baker, 580 US __ (2017)(per curiam). They are reversing a 50 year trend by lower federal judges of denying family court victims their rightful access to our federal courts whose paramount purpose is to preserve our most basic federal rights.

This year alone, in the case of Timbs v Indiana, 580 US ___ (2/20/19), the Supreme Court declared that excessive fines and asset confiscations violated the Eighth Amendment. Although applied in the criminal context, parallels can be made to the civil case abuses which lead to needless bankruptcies, parent-child separations and premature deaths. Throughout my highly isolated crusade, I have exposed excessive court orders which, like the seizures in Timbs, benefited the state and third parties more than they did the “best interests” of any parent, child or family.

Only weeks ago, a federal appeals court issued a “Precedential” decision in Surender Malhan v Secretary U.S. Department, et. al., 18-3373 (3rd Cir. September 18, 2019). Citing two of the cases listed above, the court reversed a lower federal ruling which had dismissed a father’s civil rights case seeking to curb excessive support enforcement practices. It rejected Rooker-Feldman and Younger Abstention practices which deferred federal claims to pending or completed proceedings in state court. The case was remanded back to the lower federal court. That means it is unlikely to reach the Supreme Court any time soon.

Court arguments will begin and conclude on my case in the morning of November 15, 2019 and are open to the public. It took a horrific sacrifice to make this happen for the benefit of court victims everywhere. Spread the word, attend the hearing, and donate to this site to cover our vast litigation costs. For more information, contact our PRI office at (315) 380-3420 or e-mail me personally at leonkoziol@parentingrightsinstitute.com.

 

EARLY BIRD BREAKING NEWS: Racist Judge Censured by Judicial Commission now defended by state’s top attorney in civil rights case. New York’s first African-American Attorney General Letitia James moves case from state to federal court.

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At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019, an upstate New York city judge somehow assigned to the family court case involving a prominent civil rights attorney will issue an arrest warrant to incarcerate him on a fraudulent child support debt. It is expected to occur at the Oneida County Family Court in Utica, New York.

Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol has been exposing corruption in divorce and family courts for over ten years after a stellar career as a civil rights attorney. It led to the destruction of his professional career and father-daughter relationships in retaliation for his whistle blowing and court reform activity.

Among those abusing judicial office to execute on a concerted effort to discredit this principled crusader is Utica City Judge Gerald Popeo.  He caused a warrant and “shoot-on-site” threat by a traffic cop last year. It resembled the police murder of Walter Scott in South Carolina on April 4, 2015, an African-American father shot dead five times in the back unarmed while fleeing a child support warrant.

As a result, Dr. Koziol filed a civil rights case against Popeo and his co-conspirators in New York Supreme Court on August 7, 2019. Popeo retaliated by ordering a sheriff deputy to serve a summons to appear for a child support hearing despite $35,500 in support payments never credited by the state support collection agency.

The goal here is simply to use child support as a pretext to punish Dr. Koziol with incarceration to avenge his supposed involvement in a judicial misconduct hearing against the same Judge Popeo. Here is the famous Footnote 1 of the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct decision of February 12, 2015 regarding Popeo’s shocking conduct while in a judicial robe:

It was alleged that after a court session had ended, respondent (Popeo) asked the lawyer, who is African-American, if the lawyer knew what black people from New York City call black people from upstate New York and when the lawyer responded in the negative , (Judge Popeo) replied, “Country Niggers.”

A hearing judge appointed to hear the evidence found that this did happen. However the Commission which did not hear the evidence decided that it was the only one of the many instances of serious misconduct which was too “50-50” to use against Popeo. He was represented by a white former state judge. The prosecuting attorney recommended removal but the Commission decided on a mere public censure.

You cannot change the spots on a leopard, and because Popeo was allowed to resume the bench as a repeat offender, he was assigned in bizarre fashion as “Acting Family Court Judge” on Dr. Koziol’s support and custody cases in February, 2018. He quickly denied all contact with Leon’s daughters and proceeded to orchestrate grounds for support incarceration in retaliation for that censure.

Leon responded with the state court civil rights lawsuit. Letitia James, New York’s first African-American Attorney General then became Gerald Popeo’s defense lawyer by operation of law.  This now creates the unprecedented situation of a “New York City black” in Popeo’s category referring to “upstate blacks” as “country niggers.” At the time of Popeo’s racial slur, Letitia James was the Public Advocate of New York City.

In a highly unusual move, Ms. James filed a removal notice this week which immediately transferred Dr. Koziol’s civil rights case to federal court. The removal notice is reproduced here and provides the first major victory for aggrieved parents seeking to hold state judges accountable for constitutional and human rights violations in federal courts.

Such courts routinely dismiss domestic cases out of deference to state court “expertise.” Soon we will know whether this racist judge issues his arrest warrant and jail order against this model dad and parent rights advocate who sacrificed everything for his precious daughters and parental justice in these courts.

The removal places an automatic restraint on the state court proceedings until a federal judge can rule. But it is expected that this rogue, rude and racist judge will press forward regardless. You can keep up with Leon’s crusade by contacting him directly at (315) 796-4000.

Enough of the insanity! Let’s finally pull together and support Dr. Leon Koziol in this vital cause to protect parents legally residing in America.

(Koziol Complaint Dated August 7, 2019)

(Utica judge under fire for bullying remarks)

(Utica city court judge Popeo censured)

(Fathers’ Rights Attorney Fighting “Family Courts” Now Subject To “Kill On Sight” Order By Police)

(Bullying Utica judge censured for calling lawyer a ‘cigar store Indian,’ but cleared of racial epithet)

 

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