White Civil Rights Attorney Persecuted for Saving Black Lives

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ABOVE: Al Sharpton and Dr. Leon Koziol, in South Carolina protesting the police murder of Walter Scott, an unarmed father shot dead five times in the back while fleeing a child support warrant at a traffic stop.

In Leon’s report two months later to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Justice Department, Leon warned that he could be similarly targeted as a white civil rights attorney. Fatefully that happened at a traffic stop in 2018 due to a racist judge, Gerald Popeo.

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The above report was also delivered to Congressman Jim Clyburn following the Walter Scott murder. He was called to task by Koziol at a national news conference during Walter Scott’s funeral in 2015.

Despite promises of meetings and reform, nothing came in response even after our Parent March on Washington in 2019 when we visited the same offices with an updated report citing more carnage.

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Dr. Leon Koziol joins fellow advocates at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. during the annual whistleblower convention in 2017

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Leon Koziol with David Patterson, the first African-American governor of New York when the witch hunt began against him in 2008 for his conscientious stands

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Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol with Super Bowl winner Jamie Brown of the Denver Broncos and a marine veteran. Both served as parade marshals during our Parent March on Washington May 1-3, 2019.

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The above news articles are only a few that describe the litigation history of civil rights advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, before New York’s Appellate Division suspended his law license in 2010 after 23 unblemished years of practice. The Stephen Patterson case was his last one.

The victim there was subjected to years of persecution after Leon obtained a $333,000 jury verdict argued before Justice Sonia Sotomayor in Manhattan, see Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (2nd Cir 2004). The city was found guilty of wrongful discharge of Stephen Patterson, the first African-American Public Works Commissioner of an upstate New York city. Leon obtained another $90,000 for Stephen’s father, a church pastor, who suffered retaliation by the same city.

Facing his own persecution for doing so, Leon was compelled to return in a later case as Patterson’s attorney without charge when learning that his former client had attempted suicide in the city lock-up. The presiding judge, Gerald Popeo, was eventually censured by a judicial conduct commission after being charged with using “N” slurs, threatening assault from the bench, and jailing litigants in violation of their due process rights for such behavior as a “smirk.”

Koziol complained that Judge Popeo should have been removed altogether much like his custody judge was for admitted pedophilia years earlier (Syracuse family judge Bryan Hedges). Judge Popeo avenged that public censure by having himself assigned as a city judge to Leon’s family court case leading to a near fatal event.

That event occurred on August 30, 2018 when a traffic cop purporting to enforce a support warrant issued by Judge Popeo threatened to shoot Leon “on sight.” The scene resembled the Walter Scott case. A dangerous suspect warning had been added secretly to that warrant and eventually leaked to the media. But as fate would have it, Leon was not present in his vehicle when that threat was made to its driver.

This is a horrific John Grisham ordeal, but it is no novel. It is a true story that continues to be covered up. Black Lives Matter, NAACP and all victims of racial abuse need to support civil rights advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, in his time of need during license reinstatement proceedings now underway in Albany, New York.

This comes after an excessive and unjust license suspension of 10 years on a six month term long completed in 2013. In contrast, Attorney Stanley Cohen was reinstated by New York’s Appellate Division in 2018 after only two years from the time of his prison release for tax evasion (involving some $3 million in unreported fees and income).

Despite a felony conviction, Cohen suffered only a license suspension, not the standard disbarment, despite representing cop killers, a relative of Osama bin Laden and terrorists. Leon was never even charged with a crime and represented law enforcement as well as genuine civil rights victims.

Here is the bottom line of all this. The Leon Koziol ordeal supports recent calls for white advocates to join Black Lives Matter. That movement needs to add judge brutality and a broken court system to the targets of reform. This is the case that will stand as precedent for that in the memory of George Floyd. Help us spread the word on this highly censored ordeal to make it happen.

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All who would like more detail on the persecution of civil rights advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, and a “shoot on sight” threat by a traffic cop on August 30, 2018 are encouraged to view his recent video summary below:

THEN AND NOW: The below video summary of our 2019 Parent March on Washington was produced by Philadelphia Attorney Lawrence DeMarco. That video proves how peaceful and respectful we were at Lafayette Square Park in front of the White House and throughout our procession under police escort down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol.

However, despite over 600 reports delivered to members of Congress and meetings in such offices as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, not a single reply was offered. Is violence then the answer as rioters have proven today for getting our government’s attention? Today’s politicians are praising our kind of protest over the violent one also pictured below, but without even the respect of acknowledging it.

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If you would like to help us in a petition to reinstate civil rights attorney Leon Koziol and another to remove racist judge Gerald Popeo, call us at Parenting Rights Institute (315) 380-3420 or Leon personally at (315) 796-4000. You can also e-mail him at leonkoziol@gmail.com.

Help us make this post viral at http://www.leonkoziol.com as it has been highly censored including a 2016 gag order by a family judge which was removed after we sued him in New York Supreme Court. God bless America!

Dads and veterans commit suicide each day because of family court. Is it police or judge brutality we should be protesting? RIP Gary Woodruff.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Civil Rights Advocate and Director

Parenting Rights Institute

Another killing of a civilian took place in San Francisco this week, adding to the growing carnage and riots evolving from the George Floyd murder. Add more to that carnage now with the silent death of another family court victim, Gary Woodruff.

As an accomplished civil rights attorney for more than two decades, I warned of such carnage in countless forums, news conferences, editorials, website alerts and peaceful protests. I was viciously persecuted as a result not unlike my counterparts in China who sought to protect whistle blowing doctors trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Here in America, I was targeted not only by law enforcement, but by judges of the highest order. I took a conscientious stand against court abuses and over-billing practices in our nation’s divorce and family courts. Indeed I sacrificed beyond anything an American should for this vital cause.

I was motivated, in part,  by the number of dads and veterans committing suicide each day as a result of needless separations from their children and draconian support enforcement practices. Such practices are designed to maximize lawyer fees and court revenues under the Title IV-D program.

Racial minorities remain the predominant victims. Indeed an unarmed dad, Walter Scott, was murdered by a cop in South Carolina in 2015 while running from a support warrant at a traffic stop. Like the George Floyd brutality, such practices lacked real accountability due to politicians catering to special interests.

Filling jails with support debtors is lucrative under Title IV-D. Any doubt can be dispensed by reference to the “kids for cash” scandal in Pennsylvania where two family judges were convicted of taking bribes from detention center contractors based on the number of juveniles they could send them.

I attended the Walter Scott funeral, upstaging a national media interview of Congressman James Clyburn. He was dodging the core issue under Title IV-D which contributed to the murder, but eventually promised a meeting on the subject before the same media.

However he reneged on that commitment to the time of the George Floyd murder, even after our lobby visit to his office last year during our 3-day Parent March on Washington. So is it police brutality we are fighting or something more sinister and prevalent in our justice system?

Make no mistake, court corruption is real, and I experienced it first hand in judge chambers and closed hearings, over the telephone, and in off-record social exchanges. This is the “elephant in the courtroom.”

After all, we can rightfully convict the police involved in the George Floyd murder, but what about the countless victims of discriminatory practices in our courts where we seek justice? Try to take on such a powerful society and you’ll end up like me, especially without any legal protection and no backing from any special interest group.

I was never charged with a crime, never reported for child neglect or abuse, and never found guilty of any malpractice. But over time, my whistle blowing activity resulted in the loss of my licenses, stellar reputation, livelihood, father-daughter relations and ultimately a secret “shoot on sight” support warrant concocted by a racist judge, Gerald Popeo and a county sheriff, Robert Maciol.

Prior to this witch hunt, I obtained a $300,000 recovery for a race victim against that Sheriff Department. And Judge Popeo was publicly censored in 2015 for serious misconduct by a judicial commission but never removed. He consequently managed an assignment to my family court case to avenge that censure three years later.

Now, a loving dad, Gary Woodruff, becomes just another statistic. After 18 years of family court battles, he was permanently alienated from his only son as I was from my two precious daughters. He was subjected to draconian support collection practices that seized $1,000 of his $1,100 disability checks.

Gary also lost the employment he did have due to the pandemic, and thanks to the likes of Nancy Pelosi, his relief checks were re-routed to a “custodial parent” residing with a rich guy and a 22 year old son who did not need it. When subjected to an eviction from his home by the Florida Department of Revenue, it was all he could take. He suffered a massive heart attack and died instantly.

But that does not end the persecution even after a death that has been described as a court-induced murder. Gary’s emergency contact, Glen Gibellina, attempted over the past week to obtain the body of Gary Woodruff for a proper burial but red tape prevented it due to the alienated son’s superior authority. So as Glen put it during our Monday conference call, the body remains on a slab at the morgue.

God bless humanitarians like Glen Gibellina for attempting a proper send-off for his friend.

We will be discussing all this on tonight’s nationwide conference call of the Parenting Rights Institute, 7pm ET, Thursday, June4, 2020. It’s free, highly informative, and open to all. We hope to chart a better course for meaningful reforms and direct them to the memory of Gary Woodruff, Walter Scott and all the other needless fatalities of a corrupt domestic court system. Call (605) 313-4427; access# 583326.

These conferences open with casual discourse as callers come on. We follow with guest speakers, tonight Glen Gibellina, and continue with question-answer sessions. They conclude with open discussion about personal ordeals. We conduct them every Monday and Thursday as a public service during the Covid-9 Pandemic.

 

RIP Gary Woodruff: While rioters protest the death of George Floyd, another loving dad succumbs to our corrupt family courts without concern. Join our call 6/4 @ 7 pm ET (605) 313-4427; access# 583326.

The above video summarizes our 3-day Parent March on Washington last year. It was peaceful, respectful, but ineffectual. The photo below shows the comparison with violent protests today. They’re getting all kinds of attention. Is the message then that it is better to be violent to get overdue reform from public servants?

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By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

He was 63 years old when he could take it no more. Gary Woodruff had struggled for 18 years to have a God-given relationship with his only son. But a money-driven “custodial parent” was more bent on having another man as the dad of that only child.

They say you got to fight for your kids. But that’s a lawyer-created battle cry because it puts billions of fees in their pockets annually with a typical outcome worse than if the victim was never represented. Don’t look to family judges for sympathy. They profit from federal Title IV-D funds which reward them by the number and size of child support orders they issue and satisfy.

We protested peacefully against this carnage last year at our Parent March on Washington, focusing on those parents and children lost to family court carnage, including veterans who are committing suicide at the rate of 22 per day. We had a police escort down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. It started at Lafayette Park where rioters today are burning churches and park grounds in front of the White House.

Shockingly, these violent protesters are getting all kinds of attention while we could not even elicit an acknowledgement letter from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer after our meeting in his conference room on May 2, 2019. No reply was given to our 600 reports delivered to all members of Congress by aggrieved parents from across the country. Are Washington leaders sending the message that it is better to engage in violence than peaceful protests?

Our report identified numerous victims of family court abuse ranging from a city police investigator who committed a murder-suicide on his ex-wife after leaving child support court to a protesting dad who burned himself alive in front of a family court in New Hampshire. No one gave a rat’s ass, and today we are supposed to be sympathetic to these rioters.

Politicians need to stop the posturing, the propaganda and fake respect for peaceful protesters. Now we’ve lost another good dad to court corruption. On the next nationwide conference call of the Parenting Rights Institute (a family court watch group), Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 7pm ET, we will feature Glen Gibellina, a parental rights advocate in Florida who will present the details behind the demise of his friend, Gary Woodruff.

Glen shocked us with the news at the opening of our last call on Monday before we introduced guest speaker Dr. Anthony Pappas. As the emergency contact for Gary, Glen will relate how he was prevented from securing the body for a proper burial, how he got caught up in red tape that required permission from a 22 year old son alienated by an evil mom. So, as Glen put it, the body remains on a slab for more than a week now.

These are the gory details of a money lusting family court system which is refusing to reform itself. While its members routinely memorialize dead judges in official ceremonies, they have no regard for the families they effectively kill as public servants.

God bless Glen Gibellina for his humanitarian effort to give this loving a dad a proper send-off. Our conference call promises to be a profound one. It’s free and open to all at (605) 313-4427; access # 583326. Join us at 7pm ET on June 4th and spread the word. We must assure Gary that his suffering and early death were not in vain.

Dr. Anthony Pappas addresses judicial immunity and court reform on the PRI recorded conference call here.

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Click the link above to hear a full recording of the Dr. Pappas presentation and exchange. Note a quiet gap before the first caller comes on which is referenced below. We could not edit it out but you might forward to discussion on your end.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

On June 1, 2020, our Institute sponsored another in a series of conference calls regarding family court reform and misconduct during the pandemic. Dr. Anthony Pappas, Professor at St. John’s University and 2018 Republican opponent to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was our featured speaker. It was noted that some callers could not access the conference. Others kept at it until successful. One participant suggested that waiting until 7pm was the ticket to get him on the call after similar frustrations.

However timing has nothing to do with this problem since the call could be set at any time. For the same reason, overwhelmed usage may not explain it as the difference between 6:50pm and 7pm is nominal. But if the site sponsor, Free Conference Call, can foreclose access to persons other than the host for this ten minute period, it can kill our series and discourage reviews of the recording due to a long quiet period at the outset.

Censorship should not be easily dismissed as a cause given the technical ability to sabotage these highly informative but controversial sessions. Facebook has already admitted to doing such things, censoring users simply because of views they dispute. Consequently you will find a long gap between the beginning of the recording and the first participant entry complaining of his frustrations with access.

 

Holding Police and the Judiciary Accountable: Attorney and Civil Rights Expert address the George Floyd riots

In this brief interview conducted by the Law Center and Philadelphia Attorney Larry DeMarco, former civil rights attorney, Dr. Leon Koziol, reveals alarming dysfunction which contributed to the horrific killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

Dr. Koziol also provides a solution to end the riots across America while assuring effective reforms that can prevent a recurrence of such racially charged incidents. It is based on 30 years of civil rights litigation in federal and state courts.

Because this website, http://www.leonkoziol.com, is being censored, viewers are asked to share this video with civil rights victims, news organizations and social media heroes who could make it viral.

All who would like more detail on the content of this video are encouraged to view the solo version below:

Civil Rights Advocate draws on 30 years of court experience to promote an end to violent protests of Floyd Murder

 

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

In this video, I bring 30 years of litigation experience as a civil rights advocate to expose the cause for ongoing carnage upon people of color in the United States. I show how government inaction led up to the George Floyd murder on May 25, 2020. I also chart a course for bringing race victims, government officials and law enforcement together to end the violent protests that are rampant across the country.

Due to the censorship of my website and suppression of whistleblowing activities, I am asking people of all backgrounds to make this highly revealing message viral on social and mainstream media. You can contact me directly at (315) 796-4000 or leonkoziol@gmail.com.

Where we protested peacefully, they are now burning and looting in Washington: Join our PRI discussion tonight, 6/1 at 7pm ET. Call (605) 313-4427; access # 583326 with expert guest Dr. Anthony Pappas

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By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Can you believe this?

During the three days set for our Second Annual Parent March on Washington (postponed because of the pandemic), violent protesters were instead setting fires and confronting police lines in front of the White House as President Trump was reportedly rushed to an underground bunker.

In the Lafayette Square Park last night where our first peaceful march began one year ago under police escort, fires were ignited and uncontrolled protests raged. As a civil rights attorney I warned of this possibility in reports, lobby efforts and precedent litigation over the past ten years. I afforded government abuse victims the hope of justice through constructive channels.

But they censored, suppressed and persecuted my public message through a retaliatory destruction of my liberties and reputation as a judicial whistleblower. And like my counterpart civil rights attorneys in China who warned of the coronavirus, we are all now paying the price of arrogant politicians who ignored us.

Welcome to 2020 and a world we can barely recognize. In 2010 I asked the Justice Department to investigate civil rights atrocities in upstate New York. In 2013, I testified before Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. In 2015 I addressed national media at the funeral of Walter Scott, an African-American father shot dead five times unarmed while fleeing a child support warrant at a traffic stop.

Two months later I issued one of many reports to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (who also testified at the Moreland Commission prior to her elevation to the top spot by then president Barack Obama). In that report I predicted that the carnage would continue with me as a target only to be proven correct again by a secret “shoot on sight” warrant three years later.

During our Parent March on Washington, victimized parents of family court from around the country delivered over 600 of my reports to all members of Congress containing warnings of what was to come. All these reports and reform efforts before both Democrat and Republican administrations were ignored.

And now, as a consequence, they have no idea how to respond to the nationwide carnage among protests everywhere in response to the George Floyd murder on May 25, 2020. Yeah the predictions and outcome are eerie in view of all that. Equally eerie are the locations where we protested so peacefully and properly under our First Amendment one year ago.

When you ignore the people, you pay the price, and now it is our duty to stop the plundering and lawlessness of those who have no true principle to their purpose. Sadly this is not something we should have to do, but when law enforcement is overwhelmed as they are today, that is our duty as Americans.

Tonight at our regular Monday conference call, we will re-trace the steps of our march last year and discuss ways to assist authorities in a peaceful resolution of this latest crisis. You can review of our last three lively conference calls on this website, http://www.leonkoziol.com, with prior guests, Attorney Lawrence DeMarco, Gabriella Boyd Foundation and Dr. Martha Link M.D.

But the upcoming ones prove to be even more exciting. Spread the word, these calls are free, open to all, highly informative and a public service of the Parenting Rights Institute. Our guest tonight is a court reform advocate, former Republican candidate against Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and a professor of finance at St. John’s University with a PhD from Yale and degree from MIT.

At 7pm ET tonight (Monday 5/1) call (605) 313-4427; access# 583326. After casual talk among early participants, we will begin with my introduction, a 20-30 minute presentation followed by questions from callers and then an open exchange.

 

 

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My report to U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and the Justice Department in 2015 which warned of the current outrage and crisis. It was ignored, and now we are paying the price.

Are you a family court victim in need of an uplift? Listen to three lively conference calls of the Parenting Rights Institute featuring experts here.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Our court experts, victims and participation continue to grow with lively exchanges during our free nationwide conference calls focused on domestic court issues. They occur every Monday and Thursday at 7pm ET. You can join by calling (605) 313-4427; access # 583326. Click on to any of the links beneath the headings below to listen to our last three programs.

This Monday, June 1, 2020, at 7pm ET, we feature Dr. Anthony Pappas, a finance professor at St. John’s University. He is a 15-year divorce victim who has spent over $2 million in lawyer fees and court costs. His ordeal and interview entitled “The Endless Divorce of Professor Anthony Pappas.” Check that out by clicking here.

An advocate for court reform, Dr. Pappas was an expert speaker at our 2019 Parent March on Washington. This highly praised event included an expert panel at the Congressional Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Capitol. In 2018, Dr. Pappas was the Republican candidate for Congress against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). He has a PhD from Yale University and a degree from MIT.

After an opening waiting period of casual discussion, this guest will be introduced like the others were with a 20-30 minute presentation before we open the session to questions and sharing of valuable information. It’s open to all, a public service of the Parenting Rights Institute. As for our last three vibrant calls, they are repeated below. Keep in mind there is casual discussion for 10-20 minutes at the outset until callers check in which can be by-passed through forwarding:

PHILADELPHIA ATTORNEY LAWRENCE DEMARCO

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The first show on May 21, 2020 (conference call link above) featured Philadelphia Attorney Larry DeMarco of DeMarco & DeMarco P.C. A large number of listeners opened up after his presentation with more than 90 minutes of lively exchange. You can learn so much from this session and obtain encouragements along the way.

GABRIELLA BOYD FOUNDATION

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The second show featured the Gabriella Boyd Foundation on May 25, 2020 (next link above). Steven Boyd gave a heart-wrenching story of his 2-year old daughter, Gabriella, murdered by her mother to prevent a custody change. Our Candlelight Vigil on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol (last event of our 3-day Parent March last year) was dedicated to Gabriella, veterans and family court victims everywhere. The mother was ultimately convicted of murdering her child and attempted murder of a police officer during the arrest. You won’t want to miss this victim story.

DR. MARTHA LINK, M.D.

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The third show on May 28, 2020 featured Dr. Martha Link M.D., a psychiatrist and forensic expert witness at court proceedings in New York City. She opens with her experiences as both an expert in PTSD and other victim conditions but also her own ordeal in probate court regarding the care and attorney exploitation of her elderly mother. Her 20 minute opening follows with an increasingly lively exchange among family court victims and advocates of court reform. This show has received great reviews in addition to the other two.

A common theme among participants and presenters is the abuse of litigants by courts and lawyers. The PRI Self-Representation Program is recommended in the recent video made available below. You can also obtain this program, our recently published book, Satan’s Docket, and other valuable items by calling the Parenting Rights Institute office at (315) 380-3420 or logging on to http://www.leonkoziol.com. My program is explained below:

Join our next Parenting Rights Institute nationwide conference call for a support group during pandemic; featured guest Dr. Martha Link M.D. tonight, 5/28 @ 7 pm ET; Call (605) 313-4427, access# 583326

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Don’t miss our next bi-weekly program (Mondays and Thursdays) featuring guests and callers who assist one another in family court reform and accountability. This Thursday, May 27, 2020 at 7pm ET we will feature Dr. Martha Link, M.D. who will address post traumatic stress, parental alienation and other harms suffered by parents, children and families in our domestic courts.

Dr. Link will focus on a support group for those victimized in the domestic court industry. The call is free, open to all, and very informative with a networking benefit. Call (605) 313-4427; access # 583326. We are available 24 hours at (315) 380-3420 or by e-mail personally at leonkoziol@gmail.com. Contact those who may benefit to join our call. It is a public service.

Dr. Martha Link M.D. is featured on the Parenting Rights Institute conference call this Thursday May 28, 2020 at 7pm ET. Join us for some valuable discourse.

PRI Program Host Dr. Leon Koziol explains his self-representation program to benefit those who cannot afford a lawyer during the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Don’t miss our next bi-weekly program (Mondays and Thursdays) featuring guests and callers who assist one another in family court reform and accountability. This Thursday, May 27, 2020 at 7pm ET we will feature Dr. Martha Link, M.D. who will address post traumatic stress, parental alienation and other harms suffered by parents, children and families in our domestic courts. She will focus on those who exploit unsuspecting clients. The call is free, open to all and very informative with a networking benefit. Call (605) 313-4427; access # 583326