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.

MEMORIAL DAY MONDAY: Reform for a 2-year old girl lost to Family Court. The Gabriella Boyd Foundation is featured on our Monday program, 5/25 @ 7pm ET, Call (605) 313-4427; access# 583326.

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Steve Boyd, Rosa Montilla and Gabriella Boyd, the last time they were together in 2018 before the two year old’s life was forever taken by her mother due to a family court custody battle.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Don’t miss our next bi-weekly program (Mondays and Thursdays) featuring guests and callers who assist one another in family court reform and accountability.

On Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2020, 7pm ET, we will feature Steve Boyd and Rosa Montilla of the Gabriella Boyd Foundation, a reform group dedicated to the memory of 2-year old Gabriella Boyd whose life was forever taken in gruesome manner by her mother due to a custody battle. The Foundation was also featured at our 3-day Parent March on Washington in the way of a candlelight vigil on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol. You can view it on the video of that event below.

We will never get a chance to meet little Gabriella Boyd but she serves to remind us how precious our own children are even if we are alienated as I was by an unrepentant mother, Kelly Hawse-Koziol. She acted with the kind of evil that is similarly indescribable. How any parent could be so selfish as to take a child from the other parent remains a sick aspect of our ever deteriorating society. It’s one pain I can share with the Boyd family, and it’s one that deserves justice even if that should come from a higher power.

On the Foundation website, Steve and Rosa have managed to introduce Gabriella to us as follows:

“I was born on July 26, 2015. Two days before my daddy’s birthday. He always said ‘2015 I got my greatest birthday present and it was given to me in a hospital.’ However, shortly after July, I would not see him again until October. Family court petitions, accusations, Order of Protection, unfit Judges and lawyers resulted in me spending only 2 days a week for 9 hours a day with my Father, grandparents and the rest of my family.”

Gabriella Boyd was an innocent victim and just another statistic in the bias, backwards and outdated New York State Family Court System. Despite her father’s efforts to show the court that it was in the best interest of Gabriella that she be with him.

Big brown eyes and a bright smile, Gabriella, Gabby, Gabs, Ladybug or Mama was sure to put a smile on your face. She was a very happy little girl. Outgoing, independent, fearless, smart, clever, sneaky and a great listener. She understood a lot more than people thought she did. She would make an attempt to try anything, from taking on a new obstacle on the playground, to learning to pronounce a new letter or word.

She loved dogs, painting and drawing, playing soccer and making play dough meat balls with Nanny. She liked music, and dancing and playing the guitar with Pappy. She enjoyed walks around the park with Daddy and RoRo, and feeding the geese and the ducks. She has a special bond with Uncle Joe and Aunt Ashley where she felt safe even when Uncle Joe chased her around the house and threw her up in the air, it was built on trust and love.

Gabriella liked trucks and motorcycles, books, macaroni and cheese, and playing with her big cousins. Mama loved to bake cookies and cupcakes, all the while licking the frosting from her fingers. She helped Dada make pancakes for breakfast every Saturday at 9:30 am, where she would always set the table, pretend to cook, and if she really liked you, she would share.

Gabriella liked her naps, she liked to learn and she liked riding in the car. Holidays were special, she loved the snow and making snowman and being pulled in the sled. She was a very observant and particular little girl who loved Mickey Mouse and her two favorite dogs, Rollo and Bingo.

That’s who this beautiful little Angel was and will always be and so much more!

We Love & miss you so much

I’m a poor typist, and it took awhile to reproduce the above script from the Gabriella Boyd Foundation website. But with each word or sentence, memories of my own little girls at Gabby’s age poured out from the computer screen.

At Lake George for the holiday weekend, it was impossible to take in the scenery without fond memories of us together. I was fortunate to have many more years with my precious little ones before their mother finished a ten year crusade to permanently remove them from my life. She did so  without any report of neglect or abuse and no finding of unfit parenting.

Why I was forced to prove myself  to countless strangers in a hostile courtroom boggles the mind. But Kelly Hawse-Koziol was determined to do everything she could, from pathetically obvious fabrications to as many as five protection orders, all thrown out without my having to take any witness stand in defense.

She did all this to substitute me as the only father with a preferred millionaire who ultimately dumped her anyway and removed her and my girls from his home. In the end, Kelly Hawse-Koziol lost everything that was truly important in life, especially the loving dad who made these girls possible, unfortunately for her to exploit for greed and personal gain.

We must all learn from the experience of the Boyd family, to appreciate what we had when we did have it, and to demand a complete overhaul of a domestic court system that is seriously outdated, greed-oriented and inhumane. That’s our job as Americans particularly during an unexpected pandemic that forces us to reevaluate the manner in which we conduct our lives.

Join us Monday night, spread the word, and share your thoughts with fellow victims.

 

Self-Representation: Be Effective with Expert Trial Advocate Program

 

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Civil Rights Advocate

After spending more than 30 years in litigation, 23 as a trial attorney in federal and state courts, I have seen the serious pitfalls and adverse outcomes of those who have endeavored to represent themselves. Never mind the adage that a person who represents himself has a fool for a client, that’s a good joke for lawyers who overbill their clients, then lose to malpractice. But with economic devastation facing us today,  there may be no choice for countless litigants in our “New Normal.”

This pandemic will be around for good, and such a litigant would be more of a fool if he or she did not at least learn some of the basics. That is why I produced a program designed to assist such victims. It is tailored to the lay person, the pro-se litigant. Check out this short video, a crash course that could save you thousands in fees, even millions. I’ve worked with such victims from around the country. I know your horror stories. And it’s only going to get worse as we re-open America.

So get “ahead of the curve” with this unique program offered at http://www.leonkoziol.com. We don’t just disappear on you. That’s why I am reminding my thousands of followers to join our free conference calls every Monday and Thursday at 7pm ET during this pandemic. The numbers are growing and we will be adding video conferencing. Network with fellow victims by calling (605) 313-4427. Access # 583326. You can also call our office at (315) 380-3420. Help us share this vital post.

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 #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.

 

Parenting Rights Institute Offers Valuable Attorney Searches in Family Matters

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After Dr. Leon Koziol, the father of two young girls, filed a motion for removal of Family Judge Bryan Hedges from his child custody case, lawyers appointed for the children and retained by the mother chastised Koziol in open court for daring to challenge a judge whose reputation was “beyond reproach.” Only months later, that same judge resigned from the bench after admitting to sexual abuse of his handicapped 5-year old niece. To prevent future judge appointments, Hedges was permanently removed by the state’s high court in 2013, see In re “the Honorable” Bryan R. Hedges, 20 NY3d 677. On September 25, 2018, the administrator and counsel for the judicial commission which prosecuted this case published an editorial in the Washington Post featuring Hedges as an example of decades-old misconduct which can be used against sitting judges. It was directed to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. But Hedges was never prosecuted criminally unlike Roman Catholic priests. Imagine your nine and ten year old girls going into pedophile chambers without their parents for interrogation purposes? The adult victim in the Hedges case called Dr. Koziol after finding this site, http://www.leonkoziol.com, to thank him for his judicial whistle blower sacrifices.

 

 

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

After twenty years of litigation experience in federal and state courts, and twelve years exposing corruption, I continue to receive shocking stories of moms, dads and entire families victimized by lawyer abuses, ethical misconduct and legal malpractice. I won a number of attorney malpractice cases including one involving a divorce lawyer who later became a family court judge.

Unfortunately there are too many lawyers abusing family court candidates and litigants these days who receive the protection of attorney grievance committees and bar associations. Vintage culprits include those who grab your retainer monies at the outset and then neglect your crucial matters due to an overflow of clients they are unable to service adequately and competently.

The greed for money over ethical duty has created a “turn ’em and burn ’em” epidemic, law offices filled with predators masquerading as concerned professionals. You would never know that until it is too late. The majority of victims who contact me for justice and accountability have been through multiple lawyers until bankruptcy leaves them unrepresented against a hostile court (lawyers on the bench).

The number of victims and magnitude of harm overwhelm me time and again. This is why the Parenting Rights Institute which I founded in 2010 is now offering attorney search services to lessen the risk of you becoming another victim. Nothing is guaranteed of course as we can never detect a sociopath, but we can certainly monitor an attorney that we have evaluated and referred. Then you are not alone should that attorney fail you (sort of an insurance policy).

The standard way of searching for lawyers on the net or phone books is over. You need an advocate unafraid of the system and one who has proven to be resistant to retaliation or pressure, one who knows how to expose those who harm parents. We have confidential lawyers, marketing experts and even a forensic psychologist for the sophisticated search process you need and deserve.

Our rates depend on the complexity of assignment but they are surprisingly affordable according to those who have already hired us. The right attorney can save you tens of thousands of dollars in needless lawyer and forensic (evaluation) fees. Any lawyer who fails our referral clients may face postings, videos, reports and publicity which depict his or her misconduct. A review of our website verifies how serious we are about protecting unsuspecting parents from lawyer abuses.

If you would like to explore this valuable service, call our office at (315) 380-3420, or Leon Koziol directly at (315) 796-4000. Let the experts find the right attorney for you in your area. All calls are confidential and our retainers are tailored to your budget and conditions. You can also e-mail directly at leonkoziol@gmail.com.

IMPORTANT:  For the sake of all parents, children and families, share this post and prevent those you love from becoming future victims.

Independent Misconduct Commission being organized to counter official commission neglect of citizen complaints

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Dr. Leon Koziol at a whistle blower conference in Washington D.C. pictured here with the executive director and legal counsel of the Government Accountability Project (GAP).

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

If you are a regular follower of this site, you know that our Institute and fellow advocates of government accountability have remained unable to obtain the necessary investigations of judicial/lawyer misconduct and family law reform. It is a trillion dollar industry controlling our courts much like the tobacco, energy and drug companies control our elected officials.

But the time for surrender and depression is over, we get it now, the ones we entrusted to deliver “justice for all” have made it clear they could care less about our grievances. Just don’t acknowledge us, and the misconduct simply did not occur. But this neglect of our complaints will no longer be tolerated. A citizen occupied commission is being organized to act in place of the official ones dominated by lawyers and violators.

Dubbed the Independent Misconduct Commission, we are looking for conscientious citizens willing to serve on our board of directors. We are also looking for contributors, writers and researchers on a voluntary basis until sufficient donations and investments can be obtained. That means we need fundraisers as well. Meetings will be conducted by teleconference or Skype with assignments by electronic means and phone.

The idea here is to act as a substitute for the corrupted commissions and committees. We will monitor judicial commissions across the states and deliver counter-reports where required for a more appropriate penalty which we will share with that commission and media. For those complaints that are wrongfully neglected, we will issue our own “reprimands,” “public censures” and “removal recommendations.” Our ever expanding website (to be developed soon) will catalogue all our reports and shared over the internet.

The myth that widespread corruption in our courts is nonexistent may easily be debunked by citing major joint investigations such as Operation Greylord in Chicago. 17 judges, 48 lawyers, 10 deputy sheriffs, 8 policemen, 8 court officials and one elected official were indicted. Nearly all were convicted. The young lawyer secured by the FBI to gather evidence in that Operation was advised that he might never practice law as a result. I incurred that very punishment for my whistle blowing and reform activity, hence my resolve to make this independent commission a reality.

An independent citizen commission is further justified by recent reports such as those in New York and California showing that as little as 10 % of all complaints are even investigated by the official judicial commissions. Our third branch of government cannot immunize itself from accountability in this manner. The number of judges convicted in federal court of bribes, extortion, racketeering and fixing custody cases is unprecedented. That fact alone justifies checks and balancing of their self-regulated operation. To that end, a sampling of documented cases is now in order.

New York Chief Judge Sol Wachtler was sent to federal prison for secretly harassing his mistress and her daughter for a bribe. He directed paid court staff to harm the lawyer who was helping her expose him. In his book, After the Madness, Wachtler rationalized that judges are taught to think as gods. Contrary to that status, my custody judge was banned from the bench after admitting to sexual abuse of his handicapped, five-year old niece, In re Bryan Hedges, 20 NY3d 677 (2013).  Unlike priests and other sexual predators, that judge was never prosecuted criminally.

Brooklyn divorce judge, Gerald Garson, was also sent to federal prison after FBI agents proved that he had accepted a bribe to fix a custody case in favor of a father. He was released early after numerous Garson colleagues submitted good references. Now what does that say about setting an example and any genuine concern for fairness and justice? In upstate, New York, another judge tried the same thing in favor of a mother. New York Supreme Court Judge Thomas Spargo was convicted for seeking a $10,000 bribe. He needed it for lawyer fees to defend earlier misconduct charges.

In the “Kids for Cash” scandal, two Pennsylvania judges were sent to federal prison for accepting bribes from detention center contractors. 4,000 juvenile convictions had to be overturned by the state’s Supreme Court which had its own justices mired in scandals. One juvenile victim committed suicide, and his mom chastised these judges at their sentencing. one co-defendant judge ordered evaluations to be conducted by a relative who raked in over $1 million as a result.

A married Michigan judge, Wade McCree, presided over a child support case while getting the mom pregnant and putting an unknowing dad on a support monitor. He was removed from the bench, but the dad’s lawsuit was turned down by the U.S. Supreme Court due to judge immunity. Can it be that judge adultery in chambers with an active litigant is now a protected judicial act? What other “acts” are judge-immune?

In Watertown, New York, a state court judge, James McClusky, sentenced a school employee convicted of sexually abusing a 14 year old student to probation, no jail time, while good fathers are being sentenced to six month jail terms in the same court for failing to pay child support bills. Victim supporters collected over 70,000 signatures in a petition to remove McClusky, but months later, that judge remains on the bench and the state judicial conduct commission has taken no action.

Finally, we bring you a shocker from Utica, New York. City Judge Gerald Popeo was merely censured in 2015 by the same judicial commission despite a hearing judge who found that he had made racist jokes to an African-American attorney. Asked whether the attorney knew what downstate blacks called upstate blacks, Judge Popeo got no answer. He then stated, “country niggers.” He targeted a former African-American commissioner causing a suicide attempt in the city lock-up.

Gerald Popeo was found guilty of numerous ethics violations. He threatened to come off the bench to wipe a smirk off a litigant’s face. He jailed men for contempt in violation of their rights. And because he was never removed, Popeo was assigned to my family court matters in 2018 (as a city judge), resulting in a near fatal outcome. How is such violent, racist and unethical conduct appropriate for family court where domestic violence and debtor prisons are common? Popeo was brought up on complaints of racism and bias against this judicial whistle blower but, to date, nothing has come of it. With an independent commission, we would have countered the public censure with a report publicly demanding Popeo’s removal and disbarment.

Such egregious misconduct is not limited to state judges. In United States v Cossey, 632 F.3d 82 (2nd Cir. 2011), a federal judge issued a six-year sentence for a non-violent offense with the kind of omnipotence that would make anyone cringe. Judge Gary Sharpe announced a gene to explain criminal behavior, one that would be not be discovered for another fifty years: “It is a gene you were born with. And it’s not a gene you can get rid of,” he emphasized to the defendant while condemning the psychiatric profession for its own opinions that were “all over the board.”

Reversing this decision, a federal appeals court unanimously found that Sharpe’s brand of justice “seriously affected the fairness, integrity and public reputation of judicial proceedings.” In a rare move, it referred the case to another judge on remand. Such gross misconduct conflicted with the rationale for granting life tenure to federal jurists. Recourse is limited to the illusory process of impeachment where only one judge in our history was removed for non-criminal behavior.

This sort of “Hitleresque” mindset must be rooted out for the evil that it is with congressional hearings. In countless family court cases, records are falsified and misconduct is concealed or disregarded to protect judicial reputation. Judges are widely deemed to be beyond reproach. Tragedies have therefore resulted from oversight failures and a lack of criminal prosecutions involving human rights violations under federal law such as the ones cited above. Five cases highlight the horrific consequences to parents, families and law enforcement over the past decade: 

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.

And so the carnage continues, this time in Philadelphia where a mother showed her dissatisfaction during a domestic dispute over child support by purchasing a gun and killing the father and their two infant children the next day. It occurred on October 15, 2019 and the mother, Damyrra Jones, survived her suicide attempt only to be arrested on multiple counts of murder.

Less transparent are the countless cases swarming beneath these five 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.

If you would like to do something meaningful about this growing, silent epidemic, support our Independent Misconduct Commission. Make government accountability real from the people who entrusted our government officials with the greatest of duties. E-mail me personally at leonkozioljd@gmail.com or call our PRI office at (315) 380-3420.

Report to Congress for our Parent March Lobby Day is Now Available and a Subject of Tonight’s Conference Call

 

 

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 leonkoziol@gmail.com 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

Vital Report Justifying a Federal Investigation of Human Rights Abuses in Divorce and Family Courts

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)

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Gillibrand is a “Coward” for Ignoring Legal Parents Wrongfully Separated From Their Children in Family Courts

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By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

In her campaign kick-off speech in front of a Trump building, Kirsten Gillibrand called President Donald Trump a “coward.” It was a peculiar attack coming only hours after the Mueller Report cleared the president of Russian Collusion. Donald Trump courageously weathered two years of relentless attacks from liberals in a manner that Gill could not hope to survive in the unlikely event she becomes president.

Typical of liberal-socialist agendas, Gillebrand engaged in the art of projection, deflecting upon others her own faults, do as I say and not as I do, and free speech that is respected only to the extent you agree with her views. So let’s prove those points here to show the actual and profound cowardice of the wanna-be president while she served as a U.S. Senator from New York.

In her speech Gillibrand condemned the separations of illegal immigrants from their children at our borders. She made it appear as a humanitarian crisis despite the crimes, invasion and weapons purchases along the way. Yet she made no mention of the wrongful separations of legal parents from their children here in our divorce and family courts.

For years, parent advocate John Murtari has been lobbying Gillibrand for a simple meeting on the subject, even protesting in front of the federal building in Syracuse for the past few months. Jack Frost has been doing the same in Albany. Glenn Svobota and others joined in that effort in New York and Long Island. Yet not a peep from our latest presidential hopeful.

Veterans have long been committing suicides at the rate of 22 per day, an untold number directly influenced by family court discrimination and parent-child alienation, see i.e. Purple Heart’s Final Beat, Second Class Citizen.Org (6-minute shocking video). There has never been an investigation of suicides caused by family court abuses. Instead our national government continues to waste millions of dollars on political witch hunts like the two-year Mueller investigation.

This is why the Parent March on Washington was conceived last year after beltway politicians and our Justice Department failed to act on reports submitted by the Parenting Rights Institute which detailed federal funding abuses and a human rights epidemic in these courts. Parents have to finally make their stand against this corrupting of justice, our children and tax dollars.

Join our weekly nationwide conference calls every Thursday at 7pm EST to help promote this March on May 3, 2019. It’s time for your ordeal to be heard and investigated. Call (605) 313-4165, enter access code 763491 when prompted. Details at http://www.leonkoziol.com or our new Facebook Page: Parent March on Washington. You can also call the PRI office at (315) 380-3420.

Just Another Suicide Note? Read it here and join our Parent March for a Federal Investigation of Family Court Suicides.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

As we continue to grow numbers for our Parent March on Washington set for May 3rd (now a three day event), we are woefully short of the numbers needed to get the attention our cause deserves, that of obtaining a federal investigation into the billions of dollars in aid being abused in our nation’s divorce and family courts.

While a fine group of dedicated Americans has been joining our weekly conference calls, vast numbers of victims everywhere are not answering our call for solidarity and action. Countless complainers continue to keyboard from the comfort of their homes to the choir, to no one who cares about their war stories, or to no one who can do anything about it anyway.

As both an attorney for 23 years and victimized parent for another ten, I have documented the corruption in these courts, concluding overwhelmingly that we have an epidemic on our hands. The reason it is not being publicized is because parents and children have become a trillion dollar industry. There is no parent protection league, watch dog or union looking out for us unlike the powerful bar associations and special interests protecting their gold mine.

Think of it as the tobacco or chemical industries which lied to the public for decades before much belated accountability was finally wrestled from Congress. Suicides are among the most horrific consequence of this antiquated and highly lucrative custody system. It must be reformed into a progressive shared parenting model of child rearing.

When the suicide note below was sent to me by one of our March organizers, I could not bear to read all of it, so so sad! There are countless like them, i.e. 22 veterans committing suicide every day, visit Purple Heart’s Final Beat, Second Class Citizen .org. (short professional video of a veteran who takes his life in an empty home, felony child support summons on his front door, after returning from duty in Iraq).

Such suicides are a common final solution to parental alienation which mindless lawyers (and lawyers on the bench) cause every day without compassion or concern. They must finally be investigated on grounds of human rights violations alone! One father, Thomas Ball, burned himself alive in front of a family court in Keene, New Hampshire to protest corruption and alienation. Can you even imagine what it took for this Vietnam veteran to do this, how much pain he had to endure?

Thomas Ball also left a suicide note, but it was more of a manifesto detailing how to make Molotov cocktails for use against family court buildings. That was eight years ago when they simply washed his ashes into a sewer. Maybe I’ve lost everything trying to bring reform and attention to this epidemic, but I know I have personally saves many lives and prevented such horrific outcomes.

My upcoming report to Congress does not begin to match the cost and publicity of the Mueller Report, but it has far greater relevance to every-day society, where government attention must be shifted after all the political hoopla subsides. It has been updated and will be made available soon for those serious about joining us in Washington. Victims generating their own summaries will be included with it in a lobby packet hand-delivered to every member of Congress.

This is an unfunded, grass-roots initiative. For that reason and the sake of parents, grandparents, children and families everywhere, make your donation today, get on the phones, spread the word and make plans to join us on May 3, 2019.

A Father’s Suicide Note

Utterly defeated
by the family court system,
Christopher Mackney, 45, 
committed suicide
Dec 29, 2013 in Washington DC.

The love that my daughter and I shared was truly special. She is a such a sweet, kind and gentle spirit. I am so sorry that I will not be there to see her grow into a beautiful woman. It absolutely crushed me to not be in her life over the last three years. I worked very hard as a father to build her confidence and self-esteem. She is smart, funny and considerate, but she didn’t know it yet. I pray that she realizes her strengths and her confidence in herself will continue to grow. I love you dearly, Lily.

My son Jack was just entering Kindergarten, when I lost access to him. He is gregarious, outgoing and a great athlete. He is smart and fearless. He could have just as much fun by himself as he could with other kids. Even the older boys in our neighbourhood wanted to play with Jack. It absolutely breaks my heart that I will not be able to help him grow into a man. I love you to, Jack. I miss you both so much.

My identity was taken from me, as result of this process. When it began, I was a commercial real estate broker with CB Richard Ellis. I lived by the Golden rule and made a living by bringing parties together and finding the common ground. My reputation as a broker was built on my honesty and integrity. When it ended, I was broke, homeless, unemployed and had no visitation with my own children. 

I had no confidence and was paralyzed with fear that I would be going to jail whenever my ex-wife wanted. Nothing I could say or do would stop it. This is what being to death or ‘targeted’ by a psychopath looks like. This is the outcome. I didn’t somehow change into a ‘high-conflict’ person or lose my ability to steer clear of the law. I’ve had never been arrested, depressed, homeless or suicidal before this process. The stress and pressure applied to me was deliberate and nothing I could do or say would get me any relief. Nothing I or my attorneys said to my ex-wife’s attorney or to the Court made any difference. Truth, facts, evidence or even the best interest of my children had no affect on the outcome.

The family court system is broken, but from my experience, it is not the laws, its the lawyers. They feed off of the conflict. They are not hired to reduce conflict or protect the best interest of children, which is why third parties need to be involved. It should be mandatory for children to have a guardian ad litem, with extensive training in abuse and aggression. 

It is absolutely shameful that the Fairfax County Court did nothing to intervene or understand the ongoing conflict. Judge Randy Bellows also used the Children as punishment, by withholding access for failing to fax a receipt. The entire conflict centered around the denial of access to the children, it was inconceivable to me that he would use children like this. This is exactly what my ex-wife was doing and now Judge Bellows was doing it for her.

To all my family, friends and the people that supported me through this process, I am so sorry. I know my reactions and behavior throughout this process did not always make sense. None of this made sense to me either. I had no help and the only suggestion I got from my attorneys was to remain silent. 

At first, I did what I was told, remained silent and listened to my attorneys. Then after I had given my ex-wife full custody to try and appease her, I learned about Psychopathy and emailed Dr. Samenow about my concerns and asked him for help. Of course, I was ignored. As the conflict continued, I was forced to defend myself. When that didn’t work, I thought I could get the help I needed by speaking out. There is no right or wrong way to defend yourself from abuse. Naively, I thought that abuse was abuse and it would be recognized and something would be done. I thought speaking out would end the abuse or at least get them to back off. It didn’t. When no one did anything they were emboldened.

I took my own life because I had come to the conclusion that there was nothing I could do or say to end the abuse. Every time I got up off my knees, I would get knocked back down. They were not going to let me be the father I wanted to be to my children. People may think I am a coward for giving up on my children, but I didn’t see how I was going to heal from this. I have no money for an attorney, therapy or medication. I have lost four jobs because of this process. I was going to be at their mercy for the rest of my life and they had shown me none. 

Being alienated, legally abused, emotionally abused, isolated and financially ruined are all a recipe for suicide. I wish I were stronger to keep going, but the emotional pain and fear of going to court and jail [because of exorbitant child support] became overwhelming. I became paralyzed with fear. I couldn’t flee and I could not fight. I was never going to be allowed to heal or recover. I wish I were better at articulating the psychological and emotional trauma I experienced.

I could fill a book with all the lies and mysterious rulings of the Court. Never have I experienced this kind of pain. I asked for help, but good men did nothing and evil prevailed. All I wanted was a Guardian Ad Litem for my children. Any third party would have been easily been able to confirm or refute all of my allegations, which is why none was ever appointed to protect the children or reduce the conflict.

Abuse is about power and control. Stand up for the abused and speak out. If someone speaks out about abuse, believe them.

Please teach my children empathy and about emotional invalidation and ‘gas-lighting’ or they may end up like me.

God have mercy on my soul.

Chris Mackney