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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 email@example.com or call our PRI office at (315) 380-3420.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
Seriously Claudia? Did we read that correctly in the Syracuse Post Standard? You’ve come a long way since 2010 when you sat at my dining room table as a tabloid reporter claiming to be concerned about parental equality. That’s when I took my sacrificial stand against child support abuse and father discrimination.
Now you claim to be concerned about our veterans but have done nothing to even look into the “many” veteran suicides, father alienation and seizure of parental authority which has led to fatherless freaks of both major parties who commit these mass murders. That’s because you are a divorcee who once benefited from the Title IV-D entitlement program known as the Child Support Standards Act which is costing federal taxpayers billions of dollars.
Claudia has yet to respond to my reports of Title IV-D abuses and my petition to New York’s Legislature when she served as my Assemblywoman. But her politicizing of a horrific event was horrific enough, and I cannot allow such generalizations to go unanswered. I remain one of her constituents, a Democrat who served the largest city in her district at one time as an elected Democrat councilman and corporation counsel.
Her news quote came while I was preoccupied in Manhattan last week assisting victims of corrupt courts, an issue she should familiarize herself with considering how she has relied on her father’s reputation to be elected to public office after numerous failed efforts prior to her visit at my home. As a state judge, John Tenney was no honorable man as I can prove after winning my first two appeals against him right out of law school.
The Syracuse Post Standard newspaper arrived at my New Hartford home with a February 22, 2018 article (page A16) which informed Claudia Tenny’s 22nd District constituents that mass murderers are primarily Democrats. For whatever bizarre reason, she made those remarks on Talk 1300 Radio in my now neighboring city of Utica, New York.
When called to task by a Syracuse reporter about her non-existent proof to support such a brazen conclusion, she simply responded with a prepared statement which dodged the proof issue altogether saying: “I will continue to stand up for law abiding citizens who are smeared by anti-gun liberal elitists.”
Say what? I am a lifelong Democrat who despises liberal views but I don’t label my political party adversaries, be they Liberal or Republican (as Claudia is), mass murderers. She claims to be a Conservative, but I was endorsed as a Democrat by the Conservative Party in my last run for major public office. So what’s up with this Democrat generalization Claudia?
We need to take a closer look at this woman as a member of Congress because she may well be a hater of numerous ethnic groups not just entire political parties. When her former colleague in the New York Assembly, Anthony Brindisi, announced his run against Claudia last summer, she replied with generalizations about his dad, Louis Brindisi, a reputed mob lawyer (read all about it in my recent book, Satan’s Docket). Her scheme to label the son was answered by Italian-American groups outraged by her stereotypes.
It makes you wonder what Claudia thinks about German-Americans, Native-Americans, Arab-Americans and African-Americans, among others, which comprise the majority of her constituents. I was present at a Rome Polish Home event when Claudia was campaigning for Congress in a failed primary against then incumbent Richard Hanna. What sort of undisclosed stereotypes lurked in her mind among those “type” of people?
As my 6,000 plus followers have been informed time and again, I supported Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton. I did so to the point of filing a motion to disqualify Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from my then pending case before the Supreme Court due to her political attacks from chambers against Donald Trump, then a private citizen not yet endorsed by the Republican Party for president.
Over the years, I was there supporting candidates, federal, state and local, regardless of party affiliation for principled reasons, not the almighty buck. Meanwhile elitists like Claudia were hiding on the belief such candidates would lose. It’s called courage, the kind demonstrated by great Democrats such as John Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Edmund Muskie.
For Claudia’s benefit next time she stumps for votes at the Polish Clubs of her district, Edmund Muskie was a Polish-American, United States Senator and candidate for Vice President with Hubert Humphrey who lost to one of the most corrupt politicians in American history, Richard Nixon, a Republican. As a Republican herself, does that mean we should label Claudia a corrupt politician?
As concerned parents we must get involved in politics and the election process before our rights are forever lost to the state. We see the”evidence” of it everywhere, a veritable silent and suppressed epidemic at the root of most other societal problems. As an elitist herself, Claudia just doesn’t get it on her high horse today. It’s time to knock her off. Won’t you join me. Call anytime at (315) 796-4000.
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
I was in Manhattan this past week lobbying for a federal investigation of family court corruption, I attended a political panel discussion at New York University School of Law headed by George Stefanopoulos with a New York Times journalist, New York Post editor and former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara as his guest commentators. My book, Satan’s Docket, was hand delivered by a professor to Mr. Stefanopoulos and another copy delivered to Mr. Bharara.
While there, I received invites to a pair of radio programs in upstate New York. The first came from a talented and veteran newspaper reporter, Rocco LaDuca, who recently left his position as a legislative assistant for New York Senator Joseph Griffo to head a talk show known as Talk of the Town, WUTQ, 100.7 FM. It will be aired on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. If it is anything like the ones I once attended for his competitors, it should be very exciting.
Rocco covered many of my high profile cases and campaigns for public office, and he will be the first to answer the many questions raised in central New York regarding my absence from law and politics since my conscientious stand against my profession ten years ago. Indeed he is among several footnotes in my book which he is now anxious to read prior to the show.
His invite was inspired by my recent series of full page news advertisements exposing corruption in a family judge race. The write-in votes which I lobbied for were never published but I know they were sizeable. I will discover the number now that I have returned to my home town. I agreed to come on to Mr. DeLuca’s program because my book campaign is only beginning.
The second invite came from the owner of White Lake Inn to do another book signing at the end of a popular radio program known as Gomez and Lisa. That show will be conducted on site. You can listen to all the excitement there next Saturday, November 18, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. on WOUR, 96.9 on the Utica, New York AM radio dial. If you would like me to speak before your group or program, call me direct at (315) 796-4000.