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 email@example.com or call our PRI office at (315) 380-3420.
REMINDER: Our next nationwide conference call regarding the Parent March on Washington is tonight, and every Thursday (and Monday nights) at 7 pm EST. Call the same number and code being used all along: Call (605) 313-4165, then enter access code 763491.
Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
A 24-page report has been completed and will be the main component of our lobby packet to Congress and Justice Department on Lobby Day, May 2, 2019. That’s the middle day of our 3-day Parent March on Washington. Click here for itinerary and purpose.
This report details how federal funds are being abused by divorce and family courts to cause parental alienation and human rights violations. It contains highly valuable information based on my 23 years as a practicing attorney in these courts, 12 years as an abused parent, and 10 years as a whistleblower victim.
A federal investigation, congressional oversight hearing, Shared Parenting Law and Judicial Whistleblower Protection Act are among the recommendations being made. It is now available at no cost by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or viewing it here. That link will soon be provided.
This report should be used to request meetings on Lobby Day with your representatives and contacts in Washington. Here is an opening excerpt:
A FEDERAL FUNDED EPIDEMIC
While our federal government struggles with illegal parents separated from their children at our borders, American parents are being separated daily and without accountability in family courts across our country. Under federal law, a “custodial parent” is mandated for states to qualify for billions of dollars in performance grants, Dept of Family v DHHS, 588 F.3d 740 (1st Cir. 2009). This, in turn, undermines shared parenting laws and cooperation, i.e. Bast v Rossoff, 91 NY2d 723 (1998)(attorney parents’ agreement struck down for failure to name a “custodial parent”).
Under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, 42 USC Section 658(a), state courts earn vast amounts of revenues from our federal government through performance grants based on the number and size of child support orders issued and satisfied. Not only does this create an inherent and systemic bias among ostensibly impartial jurists, it incites needless conflict between parents forced into an oppositional framework for deciding custody, support and other disputes.
Originally intended to recoup aid to needy families from absentee fathers, Title IV-D was later expanded to encompass all “non-custodial parents,” good and bad. By lumping them together, federal funding was thereby increased exponentially. Such a performance-based program proved highly ineffective on common sense grounds alone. Parents who love their children will use their God-given liberties to advance the interests of their offspring. Instead, natural human incentives are countermanded and replaced by a rigid control structure for money generating purposes.
Federal money thrown at divorce and family courts in this way has become the proverbial gas thrown on a fire. As veteran family judges have observed, this oppositional framework leads to a winner-take-all contest that draws the worst from parents at a time when children need their best. One example is the case of Webster v Ryan, 729 NYS2d 315 (Fam. Ct. 2001) at fn 1, where “parenting time” was preferred over “custody” and “visitation” due to a system which has “outlived its usefulness.” Such terms are more appropriate for prisons and funerals, but their use here causes judges to treat parents as criminals and objects of exploitation for federal funds.
Title IV-D protects this antiquated “custody” framework derived from a day when moms were caretakers and dads were the breadwinners. From that outdated framework, an epidemic has emerged which is producing escalating harm to government, families and society as a whole. It is a silent epidemic suppressed by special interests and bar associations which benefit from custody and support battles. Federal funds have induced states to seize parental authority beyond the rational limits of the judges and lawyers they license to regulate family relationships.
The separation here is not the simple product of divorcing or separated parents. It is an insidious form of separation, far worse than the kind experienced by immigrants, because children are being programmed to ignore, even hate their parents, for the principal purpose of generating lawyer profits and court revenues. Worse yet, it is done every day without so much as a pause from federal lawmakers who, knowingly or not, funded the parent-child separations. The end result is a panoply of societal ills that have elevated government programs and taxpayer burdens.
This insidious form of separation has become understood as “Parental Alienation.” That term derives from the work of Dr. Richard Gardner, an American child psychologist who produced books and studies to show a condition known as Parent Alienation Syndrome or PAS. This condition emerged from custody and support wars featuring one or both parents abusing our courts for reasons other than the “best interests of children.” By removing the “non-custodial parent” from children’s lives, the alienator and courts guarantee a support and revenue stream.
It has become a pay-to-parent scandal, a tax on children, where parent alienation is not so much a condition as it is a symptom. It can be compared to tobacco companies which denied the harmful effects of smoking for decades to resist protective laws. Here, one entity to target is the highly automated Child Support Collection Center in Albany, New York. It has a single confidential office which rakes in billions of dollars in aid and support interest with little accountability.
Click here to read: (Full Report)
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
Last night’s nationwide conference call was the best to date as organizations from around the country are joining our Parent March on Washington. It is now a three-day event growing in stature with each passing day thanks to the grass roots volunteers who recognize that something very professional, organized and productive is occurring here. This is not a loose collection of protesters carrying signs with conflicting messages to passers-by. It has a long term agenda.
How can this event make history?
The timing for a parent march could not be better. This is the moment we have waited for. Here’s why:
The Mueller Report has cleared the president. Now a growing number of leaders want our government to move on to domestic matters and the people they are elected to serve. That means American parents, not those invading our borders to gain free services.
During the weeks preceding our May 3rd March, members of Congress will be reviewing the Mueller Report while the taxpayers will be fed up with costly political witch hunts of the kind experienced by those who expose corruption.
The border crisis will then take center stage with our event timed perfectly to shift the focus. Moms, dads, grandparents and extended families have been exposed to this relentless focus on illegal immigrants while corruption is being ignored here.
Corruption of justice is expanding to alarming levels with crimes of unprecedented proportion. It will take the parents of America to instill true accountability and moral fiber in our government. That’s the way it’s been since the beginning of time.
Parents have never organized like this in our nation’s capital and the timing could also not be more urgent. We have been the silent constituency exploited by greedy lawyers and corrupt family judges for too long. Now we make our stand.
This will be an exciting three-day affair you will not want to miss. Imagine a pure grass roots assembly of parents with no money, special interest or political backing, a turning point in a gridlock Congress where parents end the national divorce between Democrats and Republicans that is destroying our country! We may then get them to understand how family courts are destroying our families by pitting moms against dads for fees and federal revenues.
Thanks to those fine Americans who are now making this event viral so that we can grow the needed numbers. Lodging reservations are being confirmed every day and hotels like the Harrington (suggested in February) are already filled. Thanks also to those who are fighting off the wolves already trying to stop us.
Why the event?
We are going to Washington to demand a federal investigation of our highly corrupted family courts which misuse federal funds to cause wrongful separations of parents from their children. We want to shift national focus from illegal parents at the borders to legal parents subjected to human rights violations here at home. First the basic itinerary:
1) On May 1, 2019, we are featuring the American Parent Caravan (APC), a cycle, vehicle and truck motorcade en route to Washington from various locations around the country. One of them already has 200 bikes and vehicles committed. It is starting at Liberty Park, Jersey City and it ends at Veterans Memorial in Washington five hours away. This event has been very effective in prior movements supervised by our organizers. At 7 pm, a meet-and-greet affair will occur at a hotel (or hotels) to be announced.
2) On May 2, 2019, after a briefing breakfast meeting, TBA, we will split into groups to meet with members and staffers at the Capitol to deliver and promote our report and lobby packets containing an addendum of case summaries offered from across the country. By growing the numbers, we will have sufficient constituents of every member of Congress to gain access. The prior day motorcade and next day March will add greater incentives for our leaders to hear and act on our demands. A review-preview affair will occur at 7 pm at a hotel(s) to be announced. People are already arranging the latter.
3) On May 3, 2019, after a briefing session TBA, we will begin assembling at Presidents Park in front of the White House at 11 am. The main event, our Parent March on Washington, will begin at 1 pm and proceed to Upper Senate Park for a rally in support of a Congressional Oversight Hearing. We want to give victims direct access to those who can produce meaningful reform. The March ends at the Supreme Court where mainstream, social and secondary media will be invited to hear our individual ordeals. The 3-day affair will conclude that evening with a candlelight vigil in front of the Capitol in memory of those who have committed suicide or lost their children to alienation.
We are being censored!
If you don’t think that this is urgent or that we are not on to something, consider this. The website which launched this event has been monitored by judges, lawyers, politicians and media of all kinds. A family judge placed a gag order on it which was removed when that judge was sued in New York Supreme Court. Law enforcement have used the information here to obtain criminal prosecutions, and posts have been appended to agency reports.
Prior to the gag order in 2016 we were getting shares in the thousands for such demands as psychiatric evaluations for all family judges prior to assuming office. The video above, produced by an NBC production crew chronicles the many judges who went to prison or removed for committing pedophilia, bribery and extortion to fix custody cases. Today we get only a handful of shares despite all this attention, and Facebook has rejected all but the above video on our new Page entitled, “Parent March on Washington.” In short, this is not only about reversing the erosion of parental rights, it’s about an erosion of all our rights.
Details at http://www.leonkoziol.com. You can also call the event sponsor, Parenting Rights Institute, at (315) 380-3420 or e-mail its director, Dr. Leon Koziol at email@example.com.
FYI for those familiar with the shocking witch hunt against judicial whistle blower, Dr. Leon Koziol, events have now occurred which permit an application for reinstatement to the practice of law. This comes after a record nine years of license suspension without an incident of malpractice, never a criminal charge or child protection report, 23 years of unblemished practice, and a secretary influenced to orchestrate ethics issues in his law office. She was finally convicted and jailed in 2016 during the time of the gag order. This is no John Grisham novel. It really happened as detailed in the book, Satan’s Docket: Corruption and Carnage in America’s Divorce Industry, available on the website.
Parental Advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, Hosting Conference Calls to Address Reform Report, Nashville Tour and Programs to Help Families in Conflict.
300,000 lawyers in California alone, more than a million nationwide and a comparable number of candidates in law school. That’s a lot of lawyers anxious to find employment. If you have an ax to grind with your ex, some score to settle for ego purposes, or you just like to fight for attention, then you make a perfect employer for a divorce or family court lawyer prepared to manufacture controversy for profit. Even if you’re not a fighter and more of a reasonable type, there is no shortage of issues and not enough money to satisfy a lawyer once you’ve hired one.
That’s just the way it is in our nation’s domestic relations courts. The deeper you get, the more foolish you become until you are likely to face bankruptcy in the end. Once they get you in the door, the system makes you think it’s all for your children’s “best interests,” but those same children may easily lose the funds for a good college education. Worse yet, you may have to start all over again building a new life, a new savings account and a logical explanation for sacrificing so much for so little.
That’s why parental advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, has been crusading for reform. On March 1, 2015, he released an alarming report describing the complexities of today’s domestic relations courts and the vast harm they are causing to our families, moral fiber and productivity in the workplace. On March 18, 2015, he will begin a promotional tour in Nashville regarding his reform efforts. Already the responses have been coming in for answers to the many problems faced by victims in these courts. To address them, he will be sponsoring a series of conference calls beginning on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7 pm EST, and continuing weekly thereafter every Monday at 7pm EST. The following topics will be featured for those wishing to participate at no cost:
- Reform report and six part action plan;
- Nashville promotional tour;
- Court Avoidance Programs;
- Mediation alternatives to costly litigation;
- Drafting, book editing and court accountability projects.
If you have an issue or concern which fits in one or more of these categories, you are welcome to participate in this valuable conference. However to assure conformity with our five-part agenda, we ask all interested persons to e-mail Dr. Koziol beforehand at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us a bit about yourself and your issues. We will then respond with the contact number and related information regarding this conference. We have been in contact with high profile agents, chambers of commerce and public interest groups regarding this nationwide reform effort. We hope to elicit your financial contributions and participant support. We will close with another relevant excerpt from Dr. Koziol’s public initiative report and funding request:
“As a general observation, industrialists sell products, government sells services, businesses sell both, doctors sell advice and cures, psychiatrists sell therapy and medications, and lawyers sell controversies and promises. Of all these “stocks in trade” the last is most counter-productive to families. They do not belong in a forum created to protect our children. And when government makes it profitable for their participants to incite controversy, it is the worst kind of evil. Minor disputes erupt into major ones with the words of an unscrupulous lawyer adept at abusing the system for fee generating purposes. In the end, a protracted court battle yields irrevocable harm.
Unfortunately the laws are drafted to cultivate, encourage and even incentivize conflict in these courts. The very structure for resolution is built upon artificially induced controversy and an unsupported foundation for distributing childrearing authority between superior and inferior parents. Shared parenting initiatives have failed time and again in states all across America due to a universal failure to invalidate the archaic system which is being protected. Many never even make it the floors of our state legislatures. A major objective of this action plan, therefore, is to debunk the custody myth through public awareness of its untold detriments.
The state’s seizure of parenting rights enables lawyers to examine every aspect of a family’s private life in a public courtroom. Once the financial information is extracted, they are able to determine the extent of liquid assets available from the combatants for fee generating purposes. Child interests provide fertile ground for endless disputes, and settlement efforts are often promoted only when the money runs out… “