Blue-Ribbon Commission votes to eliminate forensic custody evaluations while ignoring accountability and defective hearings

Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Would it have been such a burden to notify hearing presenters of a report issued on January 11, 2022 by a state Blue-Ribbon Commission on Forensic Custody Evaluations? Instead, a final report was released to media with no indication that many who made presentations at two virtual hearings were respected. Those hearings in September were conducted in haphazard fashion, some presentations without video recognition, and no reply to complaints regarding their conduct by a domestic violence employee.

Welcome to New York, land of useless oversight bodies appointed at taxpayer expense to create an illusion of public accountability. Like the 2013 Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, this so-called blue-ribbon commission assumed the mantra of a window-dressing entity. By a vote of 11-9, it recommended that forensic custody evaluations be eliminated in the state’s divorce and family courts. It also recommended that in the event such evaluations are continued, evaluators be monitored, qualified and stripped of qualified judicial immunity from civil liability.

Of course, none of these recommendations will be adopted by New York Governor Kathy Hochul whose predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, created both the Moreland and forensic panels. His non-elected replacement is being publicly criticized as a state leader who may be worse than her predecessor, preserving that long entrenched “culture of corruption in Albany” which these oversight panels were created to address. But the corruption has only worsened as the “band plays on” in Albany.

There were presenters who identified certain judges, evaluators and wrongdoers but none were mentioned in the report. Moreover, if the evaluators are to be stripped of their immunities from civil liability, i.e. from a consequential child murder, parent suicide or court-induced mental condition, why were judges given a free pass, those who often rubber-stamp the reports of these same evaluators? We all know that lawyers in robes will never consent to waiving their “absolute” immunities as they impose million-dollar judgments for comparable negligence on their litigants.

Therefore, we victims must take matters into our own hands as the time is long overdue for a legislative enactment or constitutional amendment to eliminate that self-protection. Let’s face it, the state’s Judicial Conduct Commission is yet another useless window-dressing entity investigating less than 10% of complaints annually. Civil suits would make up for that void. Besides, if judges are complying with ethics and criminal laws, they have nothing to fear. And you know that few would leave these prestigious posts if immunities were removed to comport with the accountability applied to the rest of us.

This blue-ribbon commission has yet to respond to my complaints, separately submitted from my testimony, which addressed the conduct and outcomes of these public hearings. This includes severe parental alienation caused by judge-appointed evaluators and a requested referral to the Justice Department and state attorney general for a comprehensive investigation. Such disregard in advance of the recent final report shows how state government remains an elitist body far removed from the people being served.

These evaluators, often appointed to yield campaign contributions, have produced horrific outcomes that warrant monetary compensation. When the Moreland Commission was prematurely dissolved by Andrew Cuomo to evade growing evidence, a federal prosecutor seized commission files resulting in federal prison terms for the state’s legislative leaders and a top Cuomo aide. The federal-state corruption investigation known as Operation Greylord ended with the convictions of nearly 100 judges, lawyers, law enforcement and state officials in Chicago.

In contrast, this impotent blue-ribbon panel proved to be yet another political exercise without accountability or reform. And where was any genuine investigative report from our mainstream media despite all the notice given to them? We victims need to join forces and protest government corruption as the population exodus from New York continues to escalate along with the abuses, taxes and overregulation of the people.

Due to the oversight dysfunction, a citizen commission was recently organized as a nonprofit known as the Citizen Commission Against Corruption. Get the details at http://www.citizencommissionagainstcorruption.org or call its office at (315) 864-8176.

Leon’s Library- On the Move in D.C. Don’t miss the next live talk show on Monday, November 15 at 7:30 pm EST

Dr. Leon Koziol, President

Citizen Commission Against Corruption

Our next talk show, Leon’s Library, on You-Tube is Monday, November 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm EST when we will feature input from the general public on any contemporary subject. We will open the lines after a critique of the 15-minute video produced by Philadelphia Attorney Lawrence DeMarco regarding our 2019 event in Washington D.C. That critique by the host here, Dr. Leon Koziol, will provide inspiration for an exciting event next year. The Citizen Commission Against Corruption, CCAC, which sponsors this talk show is an action organization focused on holding our public servants accountable and securing overdue reforms.

We are anxious to hear your ordeals or suggestions!

At present we are taking recommendations and donations to facilitate this event in our nation’s capital. On Friday we experienced unexplained interferences in our live entry to the Leon’s Library YouTube channel. It mirrors the video exclusion of our host (voice only) on his September 23, 2021 testimony at a virtual hearing sponsored by New York Governor Kathy Hochul and her Blue-Ribbon Commission on Forensic Custody Evaluations. You will find our complaint and written version of that testimony on this channel (“Post Testimony” video).

That hearing was conducted by staff of the state’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. We have questioned the glaring mistreatment of that testimony (and its vital message) along with the propriety of a gender-slanted state agency involving itself with the internal public hearings of a blue-ribbon commission. At first we could obtain no answers. Then we were forced to dispense with the excuses which followed with direct submissions to the governor and appointed commission chairpersons. As this commission wraps up, we have yet to obtain a logical response or remedy.

This fateful event justifies the newly created CCAC to act as a citizens commission doing the job which official oversight agencies are not. In all material respects this so-called Blue-Ribbon Commission is falling in line with other impotent, window-dressing oversight entities like the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption which its creator, ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo disbanded prematurely when citizen testimony began implicating top state leaders in the “Culture of Corruption” as it was called in 2013.

We will address such issues on our Monday show and chart a course of action for meaningful reform using our 15-minute video of the 2019 Parent March on Washington as precedent. You won’t want to miss this show. That video will be primarily voice-only so as to encourage you to see it first-hand in its vivid form on social media, Leon Koziol.com or this host’s Facebook page with its 5,000 followers.

On our next show, Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 7:30 pm EST, we will feature Steven Boyd. He is head of the Gabriella Boyd Foundation dedicated to the memory of his two-year old daughter who was murdered by the mother rather than give up the child to a custody change order. She was even charged with attempted murder of the police officers arriving on the scene. That mom is now serving a life sentence, and the dad is actively involved in securing justice and reform. This horrific event was front page news in downstate New York since 2018. More on that during Monday’s show.

Spread the word, subscribe to Leon’s Library here, and join our discourse. The call-in number remains the same: (315) 796-4000.