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

New Date Set For Parental Rights Case in Federal Court; Argument Submissions Can Educate Victims and their Attorneys.

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It is high time for our Supreme Court to address a human rights epidemic in our nation’s divorce and family courts. Pictured here: Dr. Koziol and associates at a news conference on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court after a petition for writ was filed in 2016.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

A federal judge has granted a request by the New York Attorney General to adjourn proceedings regarding my parental rights case from November 15, 2019 to next month. Also, lawyers for defendant Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol and a support investigator have filed motions set for December 20, 2019.

However, unless otherwise informed, there will be no public argument on that day. I received notice of this in the mail over the weekend and ask all interested followers to share this information to benefit those originally planning to attend this Friday.

Principally a constitutional rights case, I am seeking to invalidate a scheme of custody and child support provisions that are increasingly harming moms, dads and their children. These provisions enable draconian enforcement practices that routinely cause needless conflict and destroy parent-child relationships.

Parental alienation is asserted as a symptom of a dysfunctional family court system which brings lucrative benefits to third parties and billions of dollars in Title IV-D incentive funds to state collection agencies. Debtor prisons, bankruptcies and premature deaths are rising as a result of the mass suppression of a human rights epidemic fed by our own federal government.

USA Today featured an editorial in yesterday’s edition (Veterans Day) which called for programs to reduce the shocking number of suicides in our military (22 per day). True to form, it focused on PTSD and active military suicides with no mention of the divorce and family court crisis occuring when they come home.

For the past twelve years, I have assisted victims of this crisis. In one case, I prevented an Iraq war veteran from committing suicide as his preferred course of action over a jail cell for support debts. Those debts were caused by PTSD, unemployment and a family court lawyer who was failing his duties to this client.

In my Whistle blower report to Congress distributed to every member by parent advocates on May 2, 2019, I featured the suicide letter of Chris Mackey. The distribution was made on the second day (Lobby Day) of our 3-day Parent March on Washington. Those who participated can be proud to know that due notice of this crisis was served on our federal government.

Sadly, while remaining focused on parent-child separations at our borders and the 2016 elections, those members have made no effort to respond to the vital requests made in that report. They include a federal investigation of human rights violations, family court corruption and fraud through the use of federal funds.

Consequently when a $35,500 child support payment was not recognized in my support violation case in 2018, a clear fraud was exposed, one designed to cause a contempt sentence for non-payment and an increase in federal aid. With the added feature of a “shoot on sight threat,” it became necessary to seek protection in a higher court. That action led the New York Attorney General to move my case to federal court.

Whistle blowers like me have been persecuted beyond rhyme or reason for exposing this epidemic. Indeed lawyers have committed crimes during their witch hunt against me in retaliation for my exercise of First Amendment and due process rights which are at the core of this litigation.

For example, three ethics lawyers were allowed to resign without any charges despite being caught falsifying their time sheets. My custody judge was permanently removed from the bench after admitting to sexual abuse of his handicapped, five-year old niece (ex-New York “Family” Judge Bryan Hedges).

Like prior federal litigation, after a 23-year stellar record as a civil rights lawyer, the motions now filed by the attorney general and county lawyers omit key precedent from their written arguments for dismissal. They include the Second Circuit ruling in NAACP v Merrill (September 10, 2019) and Third Circuit decision in Malhan v Sec. of State, N. J. Attorney General, et. al. (marked “precedential” on September 18, 2019).

Read together, both cases have curtailed Eleventh Amendment immunity, Rooker-Feldman doctrine and Younger Abstention practices. Such practices have been used by federal courts to keep aggrieved family court victims from having their federal rights heard in a federal court. The very reason for existence of these courts is to safeguard our constitutional rights.

In my recent 24-page brief opposing dismissal, I raised these and other crucial cases to benefit victims everywhere. That brief caused the attorney general to seek the adjournment for a more thorough reply. The various submissions by the lawyers in this case are available at my office or in the public court records.

As always, we rely on donations and purchases on this site and the Parenting Rights Institute to make this all possible. Kindly make your donation today or call our office at (315) 380-3420.

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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Family Judge Sued for Lewd Conduct by Court Attorney and Clerk: Reads Like Parent v New York

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

In August, 2017, Family Judge Richard Miller was removed from his duties on the bench and reassigned by the New York Unified Court System.  No details were released at the time to explain why. Now comes the revelation that he forced his court attorney and clerk to view pornography including nude photos of a co-worker. Among other “family friendly” duties, Judge Miller made sexual demands and even asked his clerk (Gallagher) to engage in sex acts with an elected official to curry political favors.

Yes, it’s all there in a federal court complaint filed on December 21, 2018 which reads, verbatim in some segments, like my precedent seeking action on behalf of abused family court litigants in Parent v New York, 786 F. Supp. 2d 516  (NDNY 2011). Indeed, so closely does the complaint pattern mine that one might easily conclude that it was used as a template by the law firm which filed the action last week.

Of course the difference is that the plaintiffs in my case were litigant parents whereas the current one features court employees. Judges have fashioned a special rule for themselves known as Absolute Judicial Immunity from lawsuits by litigants whereas they get no such protection from lawsuits by subordinates even if the misconduct is identical.

For example Michigan Judge Wade McCree was given immunity in a federal lawsuit brought by a father in a child support case whose opponent got pregnant by the married McCree in chambers while presiding over the case. Such immunity carries over from the King of England and finds no authority in our Constitution.

So committed was I to removing that immunity that I filed four federal lawsuits which earned a filing restriction by a federal judge, Gary “not so” Sharpe. Gary was removed by a federal appeals court from a case due to a human gene he used for decision making which he claimed would not be discovered by scientific experts for another fifty years. The appeals court found his bizarre conduct to harm public confidence in the judiciary.

Yet Judge Gary Sharpe was never impeached, he did not resign in shame as he should have, and he refused to step off my case afterward, see United States v Cossey, 632 F.3d 82 (2nd Cir. 2011). The Cossey ruling is one of the few in which the decision itself was found to be sufficient grounds for bias and disqualification.

Another case which illustrates the unjust disparity between litigant and employee in judge accountability is Morin v Tormey, 626 F.3d 40 (2nd Cir 2010). This case featured my administrative judge and ex-custody judge, Bryan Hedges. They were successfully sued by a chief family court clerk based on unlawful retaliation for her refusal to engage in “political espionage.” She recovered $600,000.00.

Hedges was removed from my case in 2011 and from the bench altogether one year later after he admitted to sexual misconduct on his handicapped, five year old niece, see In re Bryan Hedges, 20 NY3d 677 (2013). His co-defendant, Judge James “Bond” Tormey is still on the bench even after assigning 41 trial jurists to my originally uncontested divorce case. Over a 12 year period, nearly half were removed by motion due to bias or misconduct.

Like the 2017 reassignment of Family Judge Richard Miller, no reasons were given, and like Tormey, Miller is still a judge hauling in close to $200,000.00 in annual salary. The “immoral” of this story is that a lawsuit by an employee is acceptable but one against a judge containing similar claims is “rambling” and even “incomprehensible.”

This is one of the many reasons why I have asked fellow victims to join me in a march on Washington, May 3, 2019, to start in front of the White House and ending on the Supreme Court steps. Get the details on the 6-minute video here produced by an NBC production crew. A more startling one is forthcoming, ironically on the subject of judge misconduct across America. Look for it on this site, Leon Koziol.com and spread the word.

Is Cynthia Nixon serious about a corruption probe in the wake of New York’s latest “Buffalo Billions” scandal?

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By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Cynthia Nixon,  candidate for New York governor is calling on incumbent Andrew Cuomo to initiate a probe of corruption in state government. This comes on the heels of guilty verdicts involving SUNY Polytech Institute ex-president Alain Kayloyeros and developers connected to the Buffalo Billions Scandal.

As a former student body president at Polytech’s Utica-Marcy campus and a victim of corruption in nearby New Hartford, New York, I applaud  the gubernatorial candidate in her calls for reform. However, nowhere in her public statements outside of a Manhattan federal courthouse does she mention that third branch of government known as the judiciary.

Fresh from her successful endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez in an upset primary victory over long time Congressman Joseph Crowley, Nixon is hoping to do the same against Cuomo. A long shot at best, Nixon might still shock the world if she wins upstate together with a probe which, like the 2013 Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, implicates the governor in the scandals around him.

As a judicial whistleblower speaking at the Moreland Commission hearings, I exposed corruption in New York’s divorce and family courts. Within three months of that presentation, I lost contact with my daughters and was denied reinstatement of my law license. During the same year, ethics lawyers in Albany engaged in the witch hunt against me were allowed to resign quietly for falsifying their time sheets without any criminal or ethics prosecution brought against them.

This past week I obtained a sworn statement from a former client disclosing certain lawyers in Utica who participated in the 2008 witch hunt that led to my first license suspension after 23 unblemished years of practice. They sought him out at his place of employment to testify falsely about a case I successfully litigated during the nineties.

This former client was recently the victim of a sting operation by federal marshals at his brother’s home for child support delinquencies. Yes, you read that correctly. He nearly died of kidney failure after spending six months in county jail for a child support debt. Another father, Walter Scott was shot dead in the back five times unarmed while fleeing a child support debt. Meanwhile, Cuomo and other liberals are protecting illegal immigrant parents from being separated from their children.

This is the extreme to which our judicial branch has gone to destroy legal parents, veterans and especially dads in a gender biased “system.” The Census Bureau continues to report that 85% of all parents paying child support are men, and nearly one out of every five inmates in our nation’s prisons are “dead beat dads” (a still advertised sexist slur).

As a civil rights attorney, I won many race and gender discrimination cases, even representing a former president of the National Organization for Women. But when I turned my energies to end father discrimination in the same courts, I was subjected to severe retaliation. I sought to protect all parents from corruption of the worst kind, like my family court judge, Bryan Hedges, removed from the bench after admitting to sexual abuse of his handicapped five year old niece.

On Friday, July 13, 2018, Governor Cuomo sought to distance himself from the Buffalo Billions convictions much like he sought to distance himself from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Leader Dean Skelos after they were similarly convicted following their exposure at the Moreland Commission hearings (which the same Cuomo prematurely closed). Here is what New York’s current governor had to say:

Can you stop people from doing stupid things? No. Can you stop people from doing venal things? No. But you can have a system in place which that says, if you do something wrong, we will be as aggressive as the law allows in prosecuting you?

Seriously Andrew? Tell that to all our family and divorce court victims, the ones repeatedly thrown out of those same federal courts after seeking recourse for constitutional violations. Tell that to suicide victims, persecuted whistleblowers and alienated parents.

If you want to prosecute for stupidity, tell that to the state’s Commission on judicial Conduct which merely slapped the wrist of Utica City Judge Gerald Popeo in 2015. He was found guilty of wrongful incarcerations using such threats from the bench “to wipe that smirk off” a litigant’s face. He was excused of a so-called joke to an African-American attorney that downstate blacks refer to upstate blacks as “country niggers.”

And now this criminal judge has somehow managed to become assigned as an “Acting Family Court Judge” to my child support case. It is part of an ongoing scheme to incarcerate me on false pretenses after 39 prior judges were disqualified or removed from my originally uncontested divorce case, a national record by most accounts. A stand-off is forthcoming as I refuse to submit to this kind of judge and judicial “system.” I may even end up like former Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer.

If Cythia Nixon is truly sincere in her convictions and not just a politician little different from her opponent, she will look into judicial corruption and the failed Moreland Commission which also led to a quick cover-up of Cuomo’s child support issues. She should read the case involving the administrative judge in Syracuse who assigned all those judges to my case, including Popeo. In that case, a chief family court clerk recovered $600,000 due to unlawful retaliation for her refusal to engage in political espionage, Morin v Tormey,  626 F.3d 40 (2nd Cir. 2010).

Blockbuster Case Now Playing in Family Court: It’s Rocky vs Rambo

 

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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 city courtroom. Despite such physical threats and racial comments with lawyer witnesses, i.e. “country niggers” and “cigar store Indian,” the Commission on Judicial Conduct allowed him to continue now as an “Acting Family Judge” in Koziol v Hawse-Koziol case.

 

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“You come off that bench Gerry, and I’ll knock you out of your black dress.” Photo of a Judge Popeo Family Court litigant, Civil Rights Advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol,  taken in 75 degree Central Park, February 21, 2018

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Before continuing with this latest post on judge corruption in our nation’s divorce and family courts, I would like to say Hello to all the judges, lawyers, doctors, professors, investigators, commissions, national and local news reporters,  and even New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore who may be monitoring this website, Leon Koziol.com. Confidential informants continue to report a growing number of “fans.”

Many of you are friends, others are bent on revenge, and most are seeking information or assistance. If you’re new to this site, opened in 2010, you’re in good company with more than 6,000 followers from Europe to Hawaii. This will be a “breaking news” post you will want to make viral because it is yet another shockingly true story. As we have assured time and again: “You just can’t make this stuff up.”

Judge Gerald Popeo is a racist and pompous judge who managed to keep his job in an upstate New York city court despite a battery of ethics charges brought against him by a prosecutor, public defender, an African-American lawyer and court victims before the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct. Because its proceedings are secret, we cannot tell you how many complaints he has faced during nearly two decades on the bench.

On February 12, 2015, Judge Popeo was merely censured by that Commission instead of removed, although to his credit, the Commission Chair, Thomas Klonick, dissented. He voted to sustain the findings made by a hearing judge concerning those charges of using racial slurs as a judge. They included at least two depictions of a prosecutor acting like a “cigar store Indian” and another, to an African-American attorney no less, where Popeo “joked” that New York City black people refer to upstate black people as “country niggers.”

That’s not all, the charges and findings that were accepted included temper tantrums and serial contempt citations without the requisite warnings and due process protections. In one case, evidently copying some of the movies that Gerry has watched (i.e. “My Cousin Vinny”), Judge Popeo sentenced a man to five successive thirty day periods in jail for each facial gesture or comment about the lack of justice in his courtroom. Only after getting a phone call from his chief administrative judge, James “Bond” Tormey, did he reduce the 150 day sentence.

But among the “injudicious” acts which the Commission did accept for public censure, the one which was most disturbing is a violent threat from the bench made to another litigant in his courtroom. After noting a grin on his face, Judge Gerald Popeo, evidently assuming the mantra of judicial Rocky Balboa, warned that he “would love to come off the bench and wipe that smirk off your face.” The Commission could not excuse this street thug remark because those in the same court could hear it clearly and it was recorded by a court stenographer.

But it gets better (or worse depending how entertained you are by Judge “Rocky” Popeo). After the litigant was excused and exiting the courtroom, a different kind of grin caught Judge Rocky’s attention. So he summoned him back for a contempt sentence because, in his delusional mindset, this poor sap “gave (Popeo another) nice big smirk …. as if to say, blank-you judge.” Seriously Sylvestor? Even the real Stallone might have you committed to a mental institution.

As a lawyer and litigant in Popeo’s kangaroo court and many others over a thirty year period, I have made all sorts of grins, objections and human expressions which could fall in the Popeo contempt playbook. And now this judge has been assigned to my custody and support cases as an “Acting Family Judge” in a court he was never elected to. How’s that for domestic violence prevention and our children’s “best interests?” You women better not grin in Gerry Balboa’s boxing court.

Yes you read that correctly. After my family court matters were assigned to remote courts at Lake Ontario and near the Canadian border, with 150 mile round trips to receive decisions already written, Judge James Bond has now assigned a judge only a few miles from our (parent) homes who threatens violence. Welcome to Trial Judge #41 assigned since my originally uncontested divorce was filed 12 years ago in 2006, a judicial record by most accounts.

It occurred after the Oswego and Herkimer judges recently stepped down. Judges #39 and #40 gave no reason, and I was given no notice of their disqualifications, but they came after my complaints to oversight authorities. Those published complaints focused on their unauthorized back room involvement in each other’s separate cases to orchestrate unlawful service of a support summons threatening as much as seven (7) years in jail. That’s more than violent felons and child molesters get. My pedophile custody judge Bryan Hedges (look him up) got no prison time!

I had been challenging service by mail on the face of that summons and petition because it leads to innocent non-appearances or fatal law enforcement for money collection purposes. A sensationalized example is an unarmed African-American shot dead five times in the back while fleeing a support warrant at a traffic stop in South Carolina  (Walter Scott). 

When I became one such victim of a non-appearance, an earlier support magistrate corrected the human error over the phone in 2012. But not Gerry Balboa. He was on some kind of mission given to him by his boss Judge James “Bond” Tormey who assigned all the other 40 trial jurists to my family court cases. He did so in a manner which mirrored the retributions inflicted on a chief family court clerk which resulted in a $600,000 recovery against “Bond, James Bond” in federal court for her refusal to engage in Tormey’s “political espionage.”

Again we don’t make these things up here at Leon Koziol.com. Look it up at Morin v Tormey, 626 F.3d 40 (2nd Cir. 2010). Shameless Tormey was neither removed from his position nor did he resign from the bench. With my full page advertisements and editorials published over the past few months in Syracuse, Utica and Watertown, New York mainstream newspapers, testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, and continued exposure of rampant judicial misconduct nationwide, the retaliation elevated to unprecedented levels in Oneida County Family Court on March 3, 2018.

On that day, I made it clear that Gerry had better not threaten me with violence and most assuredly, he had better stay put on his bench. For the reasons that follow, I knew this was beyond question a contempt by ambush and an unlawful act of attempted imprisonment which a citizen has a right to defend against in such an extraordinary case. Think of it as a Rambo One movie with the corrupt cops replaced by corrupt judges.

In my reports I compared the judicial gang assault inflicted upon me for so many years to a Rodney King beating with the fists and batons replaced by orders and edicts. If Gerry decided to confront me physically and unlawfully under the protection of our court security, it raised the real question of who they should taser. Who was the real criminal here with this focus on domestic violence in these (family) courts? What would Sylvestier Stallone  do if he was real in this environment?

While depicting my discrimination and First Amendment motion papers as “rants” without so much as a first court meeting or argument, Rocky Popeo joined his predecessors in denying me parent-child contact since my 2013 testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. He did so without any finding of unfit parenting, criminal charge or child protection report. Meanwhile “rehabilitated” heroin addict moms and life term prisoners were being reunited or allowed contact with their children.

Not mentioned was Popeo’s conversation at a golf and country club during one of my client cases or the unsolicited “rant” he gave me in the presence of a key witness last summer at a local bar. He accused me of some involvement in that censure prosecution. I had no such involvement, no obligation to answer his “rant” anyway, but he was obviously moved by my history of litigation success on behalf of African-American victims in his court, federal court and Utica city government.

That history included former “black” Public Works Commissioner Stephen Patterson and his pastor father who I represented and recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of law enforcement targeting and wrongful discharge, i.e. Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (2nd Cir. 2004). Judge Popeo was obviously making a connection between my civil rights advocacy to the racial slurs which nearly caused him his judgeship.

In another case, Mr. Patterson, who had never seen a jail cell, was imprisoned by Judge Balboa in 2010 for non-appearance on a series of nuisance and city ordinance violations. I was not able to represent him then due to the ethics witch hunt already in place, so Steve got front page news after attempting suicide upon discovering that a belt had been placed in his cell while dazed and asleep.

Ultimately he was found “not guilty” on all charges by a jury, and I won yet another ruling for him in a federal civil rights case later that year for police and city harassment. As hard as it may be to believe, I won it while suspended because the papers were prepared by me beforehand and no qualified substitute lawyer could be found.

Rocky Popeo persisted in his beliefs that I had somehow influenced his public censure. He even inquired whether I had filed a complaint against him regarding his eviction ruling upon my former law office the same year as that censure. The current judge assignment should never been offered or accepted on grounds of revenge and prejudice alone. Such persecution has now required resort to natural laws for my protection. I am no Rambo, but I finish the fights that others start without provocation or genuine lawful authority.

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Radio Program Shocks Parents, Families and Even Lawyers

 

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Dr. Leon Koziol, author of Satan’s Docket, at a recent symposium at NYU Law School with host George Stefanopoulos who was presented with a copy of the book by a professor. Featured guest Preet Bharara was also given a free copy. This shocking new release is now being featured in full page newspaper ads and radio shows such as upstate New York’s “Talk of the Town.”

A popular upstate New York radio program was scheduled to last only a half hour, but it continued past a full hour due to the corruption being exposed by a parental advocate with over thirty years of litigation experience. Dr. Leon Koziol was the featured guest on radio station, WUTQ, 100.7 FM in Utica, New York.

His interview was aired on November 15, 2017 on a program known as “Talk of the Town,” and it was focused on his newly released book, Satan’s Docket, Corruption and Carnage in America’s Divorce Industry. It was hosted by Rocco LaDuca, a veteran newspaper reporter, more recently employed as a legislative aide for New York Senator Joseph Griffo. Also participating was veteran divorce lawyer, Mark Wolber.

You can listen to this shocking interview which included bouts of laughter and shock over the insanity that now defines our nation’s divorce and family courts. Followers of this human rights blog site, Leon Koziol.com are already familiar with Dr. Leon Koziol’s ordeal as a judicial whistleblower. But the corruption he has exposed is now reaching mainstream media and high level officials in New York and Washington. Leon has collected victim stories from Paris to Hawaii in his crusade for justice and reform.

At one point in the interview, Attorney Wolber cut in to question how all this was being financed due to a suspended license. And for a moment the listeners could experience what it was like to be under cross-examination at a child support hearing. Mr. LaDuca and his other co-host were far more impressive with their own cross-examinations as non-lawyers familiar with all the horror stories in these courts.

Key quotes from the book cited by both brought startling revelations to an unsuspecting public. Indeed even the lawyer seemed shocked, at one point even corroborating the abuses of the Psychiatric DSM-5 manual used by family courts and psychiatrists. After all that Leon had researched over the past ten years, he concluded that with over 300 accepted disorders in this manual, “every lawyer and judge he ever knew, including Mark Wolber, could be diagnosed under this manual.”  Attorney Wolber then added, “every person out there could be diagnosed.”

As a veteran writer who has critiqued countless books and news articles, Mr. LaDuca remarked during a commercial break that he was amazed to find not a single grammar, spelling or even a typo error in Satan’s Docket. Intrigued by not only the title, he proved his journalistic skills by locating excerpts from the book which best summarized this epidemic of court corruption across America. Surprisingly, none of the hosts mentioned the romance, adventure and humor which also spiced this “human rights odyssey” as the author put it.

You can get your copy of Satan’s Docket at www.parentingrightsinstitute.com or by calling Parenting Rights Institute at (315) 796-4000. You can also listen to the entire radio feature at http://wutqfm.com/leon-koziol-talks-fight-corruption-family-court-new-book/

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