Jurassic Justice: A highly acclaimed video by a mom and dad victimized by parental alienation in our courts

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

In order to bring greater awareness and overdue reform to our nation’s divorce and family courts, I completed a book manuscript for a mother victimized by parental alienation and court corruption in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Entitled “Jurassic Justice,” an ongoing ordeal has prevented its publication. Meanwhile I completed and published my own shocking ordeal as a judicial whistleblowing lawyer entitled, Satan’s Docket. You can order a hard copy or download a PDF version at http://www.parentingrightsinstitute.com.

When Tamara Sweeney and I completed her book manuscript, we decided to do a homemade video to promote it. It was a spontaneous thing that came out miraculously well. It was not choreographed or directed by Ridley Scott but came out as if it was professionally created without all the costs and frills. It is being reproduced here because every mom and dad victimized by these courts should learn the background and signs of parental alienation with a goal stamping it out before it gets malignant.

In follow-up to our highly successful Parent March on Washington earlier this month, we must contact the members of Congress we visited on Lobby Day so that our hard work is not in vain. We must also prepare regional protests in their congressional districts. I am currently planning one in upstate New York in the wake of a 70,000 signature petition demanding the removal of a judge here. It will be the largest protest yet set for late September. We’re not just talking about the problems. We’re an action group doing something about it. I will be getting the band back together for this one starting with conference calls and a new access code next week.

In the meantime, I will continue to post this short video which accurately depicts the epidemic that we are all fighting together. It is important that you do everything you can to make this video viral because we are being suppressed and censored by a trillion dollar industry. You can e-mail me directly at leonkoziol@gmail.com or call our PRI office at (315) 380-3420. And PLEASE donate to our cause on this site, http://www.leonkoziol.com. We took a big loss on the last event but it was well worth the investment for the sake of victimized parents, families and children everywhere.

 

Great News For May 3rd Parent March on Washington: Congressional Ballroom Secured For Orientation and Speakers

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Congressional Ballroom reserved for our Lobby Strategy Session on May 1, 2019 and Speakers’ Event May 2, 2019, 7-9 pm both evenings for the Parent March on Washington

 

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Congressional Ballroom is located on the ground floor of this hotel, the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street SW, only a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol building,

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute



ADMINISTRATOR’S NOTE:  Join our weekly conference call every Thursday and now Mondays also at 7 pm EST to keep up with events. Call (605) 313-4165 and enter access code 763491 when prompted. There’s so much happening and we need help to make this a success!

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As followers of this site know, our Parent March on Washington is now a 3-day event. To facilitate growing numbers and nationwide interest, it was necessary to secure a venue for orientation and speakers on the two evenings prior to our May 3rd March (the Main Event).

However there were few available locations of sufficient size and stature to accommodate us. One person assigned to the task reported back contract offers of $15,000 to $30,000 for a three hour event. You could imagine the demand for such spaces in the middle of congressional and Supreme Court sessions.

Fortunately, today, at a reasonable cost, I was able to secure the Congressional Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Capitol (Hotel and Conference Center) located at 550 C Street SW, only a few blocks from the Capitol buildings where our May 2nd lobbying initiative will occur.

Lodging is still available there at rates higher than others, but the Hotel Harrington, suggested in February has long been sold out. Our original plan, like in the past, was to set up headquarters there in a small conference room which is also reserved.

However, we are well beyond what that hotel can offer (it does have a breakfast buffet room and a restaurant lounge). But the short time frame left us stressed and pressed for options. Now we have a sufficient size ballroom to act as a headquarters for our event.

There is a large restaurant lounge (21st Amendment  Lounge) breakfast-lunch Bistro and even a Starbucks all in the same building. The Harrington Hotel room and others that may be available can serve as a back-up for remote viewing of the main location events.

It’s all still a work-in-progress but we have confirmed a “Meet and Greet” at the 21st Amendment Lounge on May 1, 2019 followed by an orientation and lobby strategy session down the hallway at the Congressional Ballroom between 7 pm and 9 pm.

The following evening, at the same hours and location, we will feature guest speakers, a progress report on the lobby day and a rallying point for the next day Parent March on Washington. We are still looking at guest speakers for Thursday night. If you would like to speak, please e-mail me at leonkoziol@gmail.com.

There is no ticket or cost to attend either night’s events, but Thursday speakers might fill this ballroom to capacity. Therefore, we are asking for e-mail confirmations of attendance to the same address.

All three days will be highly educational, they could benefit your personal cases in countless ways. You will learn things that no lawyer can provide at an overall budget cost. Networking alone can change your life for the better. Here we are all allies, here we are all family, here we have never before made such a powerful stand against family court corruption.

To reiterate our three day events, on May 1, 2019, at 10 am., the American Parent Caravan will leave Liberty State Park in Jersey City and proceed to Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. A four or five hour motorcade of bikers, vehicles and truckers will dominate right lane of traffic.

This motorcade will feature banners and our message of shifting national focus from parent-child separations at our borders to parent-child separations here in our own divorce and family courts. We hope to attract motorists and media along Interstate 95 to our cause. The “Meet and Greet” begins at 5 pm followed by our strategy session at 7 pm when we will make assignments and disseminate our lobby packets.

On May 2, 2019, we will spend an entire day lobbying Congress with meetings and deliveries. We are asking all to contact their representatives for individual meetings on that day. You have to do this now because we’re only four weeks away and they need advance notice.

But even if you are too uneasy with that, you can still partner with others assigned to deliver our packets to congressional offices. We have over 500 to cover, so we need all the walkers we can get. Then we rejoin at 7 pm for Speakers Night at the nearby Holiday Inn Ballroom.

The Parent March on Washington, our main event begins at 1 pm at President’s (Lafayette) Park in front of the White House. It will conclude at the Supreme Court. I have timely submitted the permit applications and confirmed receipt with several jurisdictions that cover our March route.

It turns out there are four of them, and despite the complexities, my direct dialogue has resulted in green lights. It’s not my first rodeo here, or maybe they just like the idea of moms and dads making this stand, grasping our message well. We have reserved “Area 10” across from the Supreme Court (rear of the Capitol Building) for our outdoor rally and media event.

The vigil for suicide and alienation victims has not obtained an organizer so we have cancelled that evening event for now. We end the three day affair with an informal celebration at the nearby Capital Grill (along our parade route) Friday evening.

PLEASE! Spread the word. We need you to join us and help grow the numbers if we are ever going to be heard. We have a Facebook Page now for this purpose entitled Parent March on Washington. You can also call the event sponsor, Parenting Rights Institute, 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

Facebook Censors Parent Rights March. Legal Action Forthcoming! Join Our Conference Call Tonight

Professionally produced videos like the one above promoting our Parent March on Washington are factually alarming. Their content has never been challenged for inaccuracy. It’s the subject, i.e. imprisoned and pedophile judges, which is being targeted, punished and removed from public discourse.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute.

As we suspected for years, Facebook and agencies of our own government are censoring family preservation groups and conservative value systems which made that government possible. Whereas the targeted website, http://www.leonkoziol.com, had received over 2,000 shares on some of our posts prior to 2016, we have been getting routinely get less than ten since then.

Today the evidence was confirmed, and recourse will be sought by a federal court action against Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg in the District of Columbia. Reproduced below is the message that was blocked for “safety” reasons and its “abusive” content according to an automated notice that was quickly challenged with a warning of legal action:

PARENT ALERT: Fellow Activists against family court abuses: Join our weekly Thursday Nationwide Conference Calls, 7 pm EST to grow our Parent March on Washington, May 3rd starting 1 pm at the White House. Sponsored by the Parenting Rights Institute. Without numbers and visible action, things will only get worse. Call (605) 313-4165, type in access code 763491 when prompted. Details at www.leonkoziol.com. It is imperative for the sake of your families and future generations that you spread the word as our websites and social media have been suppressed. I even had to get a family judge gag order removed in New York Supreme Court. Dr. Leon Koziol, PRI Director.

Exposing Court Corruption – Civil & Parental Rights Advocacy

As you can verify yourself, there is nothing “dangerous” or “abusive” about this message. Its only danger is to lawyer profits and federal funding of corrupt family courts. When censorship of this severity is exposed, Americans react with great resolve. This is why we parents can get no reform or accountability in these self-regulated courts. I am outraged and expect substantial compensation from this monopoly communications giant. How ironic it is that Facebook acted exactly as we predicted in that message, one that is at the core of free speech values in an American form of government.

Join our conference call tonight as requested in that censored message!

For the sake of those who sacrificed their lives for our rights, SHARE THIS!

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.

Are you representing yourself or poorly represented? This program can help.

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America’s leading authority on family court reform with over 25 years of trial experience has developed a  Family Court Program specifically for you – regardless of how far along you may be in the process.

Having previously appeared on the television news program 60 Minutes, CNN and in the New York Times, Dr. Leon Koziol, J.D., wants to help you take control of your family court case.

After hearing ordeals from countless unsuspecting victims, their financial and emotional devastation by the lucrative family court machine, Dr. Koziol knew that he could no longer just sit back and watch these atrocities continue.

“We have an epidemic here in America and no one is doing anything to cure it. There’s a direct correlation between family courts and suicides among parents, veterans and children. And the statistics show it is occurring at an alarming rate. If I can save one person from taking his or her life, then I have made my contribution to society,” Dr. Leon Koziol, J.D.

Dr. Koziol is giving you the tools to protect yourself and keep your family smiling during these difficult times!

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“If you decided to take up a sport such as football, you wouldn’t just walk onto the field without knowing how the game is played. Why is family court any different? Yet thousands of people walk into family court expecting justice, only to discover just the exact opposite.” ~ Dr. Leon Koziol, J.D.

With the Family Court Survival Program here’s what you can expect:

Preparing yourself for the court room battlefield

The truth about who your lawyer is really working for

Educating you to “due process”

Identifying dirty custody tactics before they occur

Why psychological exams and supervised visits will come back to haunt you

Protecting yourself against false allegations

Avoiding sleazy lawyer tactics

Understanding the trillion dollar family court industry

The gender disadvantage and what it means to you

Strategies to minimize conflict

How to prevent yourself from going broke

What your lawyer probably isn’t telling you

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Discover alternatives to litigation

Don’t miss out!!! You’ve heard all of the horror stories about the dysfunctional family court system. Now, more than ever, parents are getting wise and no longer fighting each other through the purchase of a Family Court Survival Program designed to educate divorce and Family Court candidates before they are turned into victims.

The Family Court Survival Program was developed by Dr. Leon R. Koziol, parental advocate and founder of the Parenting Rights Institute (PRI). It consists of a seminar DVD and multi-part reading program, it walks you through the court process and promotes alternatives to litigation.

Going to court is serious business. In divorce and Family Court, your children and livelihood are at risk. Yet many parents proceed recklessly with little understanding of the system until the money runs out for their lawyers. Make life easier with the purchase of this program. Based on decades of court experience, it may save you thousands of dollars in legal expense. The DVD lecture should be viewed before the multi-part reading.

Here’s What You Will Receive:

Part One: The Lawyer.  We begin with hypothetical consultations featuring abuses which may occur on both sides of a court process. You are shown crucial subjects to look out for when involving a lawyer in divorce, custody and support matters.

Part Two: Self Representation. Here we give you confidence to represent yourself.  If you cannot afford litigation or a lawyer proves ineffective, you are not alone. This handbook walks you through a court process with forms offered in Part Five.

Part Three: The Judge. Because this is the person who may decide how your children are raised, you need to understand the realities of your court system. This booklet conveys valuable insights on the decision process common to most states.

Part Four: Transcript. We continue to build your confidence with portions of a real trial transcript. You are introduced to an unprepared judge and two parents who were needlessly forced to litigate. It can avert lifetime harm to extended families.

Part Five: Court Filings. This folder supplies partially completed forms which serve as flexible templates for filing petitions and motions in a domestic relations court. Our forms are more detailed than others offered in most court clerk offices.

Part Six: The Appeal. Many victims are forced into appellate courts after losing their children, parental rights or support. This reading provides useful experience.   

Here’s what one of our many successful participants had to say:

“After running out of money for my lawyer, I discovered the program offered on-line by the Parenting Rights Institute. I digested it in my spare time and was able to go confidently into court and win a motion against my adversary. This was the same lawyer that was costing my ex-husband so much money. I wish I had access to this program before I hired my own lawyer. I could have saved myself and my children so much money and grief. It was worth every penny. If you would like to know more about my experience with this program as a parent, contact me through the Institute at (315) 380-3420.” ~ Cindy H., Syracuse, NY.

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St. John’s University Professor Anthony Pappas, now representing himself, explains how he was fleeced of $2 million in lawyer fees in a 12 year ongoing divorce having no custody or child support issue. Once you show a lawyer your financial statements as you must in any contested action, they learn how much they can charge. They will take every last dollar if you let them.

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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