Top 10 Corrupt Judges of America: A Real Life Horror Story

Judge James K. Eby, Oswego County Family Court, Oswego, NY

Administrator’s Note: This is the third of a three-part series we call the “Turkey Trology.” With all our uncompensated work exposing court corruption over the years, we have neither the resources nor the time to make this publication viral. We leave that to you, our fellow victims, tortured as you must be during the holidays. So kindly make good therapy of your time by sending this out to the world.

Send it to fellow victims so they don’t feel “crazy” for lodging legitimate complaints to these useless state judicial commissions. E-mail a copy to your representative in Congress or state legislature, an oversight committee, good government group, your lawyer, media, even your parent “adversary” on this “thankless” holiday season. Maybe you’ll be very happy you did.

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

What you are about to read is like a preview to a real scary horror movie. But unfortunately this is no Stephen King fantasy. It’s real and occurring in courthouses across the country. You will just have to brace yourself as you read about one corrupt judge after another abusing highly entrusted positions of power.

We take pause during these holidays to “honor” the “dishonorable” judges of America’s divorce and family courts. We remain in awe over the psychotic manner of their public service to the families they have ripped apart and innocent children they have alienated from “non-custodial” moms and dads.

1.  Family Judge James Eby

In first place is Oswego County, New York  Judge James Eby, new on the family bench who got in line with 35 previously disqualified trial judges in my 10 year originally uncontested divorce. He retaliated for my reform efforts and exposure of family court corruption (i.e. this website) before such entities as the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption.

James “dweeby” Eby is the reason why Kelly Hawse-Koziol abused her “custodial power” to make it all but impossible for me to have a meaningful Thanksgiving Day with my daughters. Keep up the “good” work Jim. Study those law books to protect this child abuse industry. I’m still standing and exposing the corruption.

2. Family Judge Daniel King

In Second Place, is Lewis County Family Judge Daniel (a-okay) King). I don’t know how the New York Judicial Conduct Commission could overlook so much incompetence and ethical misconduct, but hey, I understand this is New York where the top leaders of our Legislature who appointed its members are now in federal prison. King’s gag order on this site was removed after I sued him in New York Supreme Court for violating a little  law called the First Amendment.

“Dan King,”as he introduced himself on the phone to my ex, was removed from my case this past June after we exposed his alcohol consumption at a tavern near the courthouse in Lowville, New York with his children in the vicinity. Witnesses confirmed that the barmaid had his drink committed to memory. Who are you, Judge King, to judge moms and dads who do the same? The people should be protesting daily for your removal from the bench like the next one was !

3. Family Judge Bryan Hedges

In Third Place, is Syracuse Family Judge Bryan Hedges, my custody judge. I moved to have him removed from my case because I objected to any procedure of cross-examination involving my young daughters in private chambers without the parents present. His court appointed child lawyer, William Koslosky, who hates his dad, has no children and loves his fees, countered my motion with a declaration that Judge Hedges’ reputation was “beyond reproach.” He reluctantly granted my motion due to an “appearance of impropriety” based on the “political espionage” disclosed by his chief family court clerk.

Judge Hedges was then removed from the bench shortly afterward for admitting to sexual misconduct on his handicapped five year old niece. Gotta check each of those noun modifiers folks. He’s that pathetic, a real life child predator in chambers with your children arguing in his defense that her little hands were not actually in direct contact with his ___ in the act of (fill in the blanks). Look it up at In Re Bryan Hedges, 20 NY3d 677 (2013).

4. Syracuse Administrative Judge James Tormey

In Fourth Place, is Syracuse Chief Administrative Judge for the Fifth Judicial District James Tormey. That’s a lot of noun modifiers, but Jim is a politician more than he is any kind of judge. In the federal civil rights case,  Morin v Tormey (and Hedges), 626 F.3d 40 (2nd Cir.2010), the Onondaga County Chief Family Court Clerk successfully sued Jim for retaliation based on her refusal to conduct “political espionage” on a competing judge candidate during an election.

Like my family court matters, she was moved to distant assignments as far away as Lowville, New York. She recovered $600,000.00 against Jim and his pedophile colleague Bryan. Jim is the guy assigning all these “impartial” colleagues to decide my custody and support matters which impair my licenses, livelihood and income capacities. He is at the center of my John Grisham ordeal.

5. Albany Federal Judge Gary Sharpe

In Fifth Place, is Albany U.S. District Court Judge Gary Sharpe. Gary is a really great family man. He has two sons that managed to get appointed to prosecutor jobs for the state and federal government where Gary was once employed, also as a prosecutor. He presided over the costly criminal trial involving New York Senate Leader Joseph Bruno.

Joe was finally successful in having the charges thrown out after years of proceedings that cost taxpayers some 14 million dollars. At one point, Gary made a spectacle of himself by lashing out at Joe during trial with the public admonition that he (Gary) was in charge of the court and not the defendant (Joe) who was simply trying to talk to his lawyer at the same trial table.

Well that was sure good to know, but it’s small potatoes compared to Gary Sharpe’s misconduct in another criminal trial two years later. You’re not going to believe this but it’s true. You can look it all up at United States v Cossey, 632 F3d 82 (2nd Cir. 2011) where Gary was removed by a federal appeals court in Manhattan for announcing his discovery of a human gene which the scientific community would not learn about for another 50 years. According to Gary, the Sharpe gene could decide how to sentence criminals.

This one is a real dusey, folks,  so it will take a little longer to explain. Under the Sharpe doctrine of perverted decision making, we no longer need juries, lawyers or even the Constitution. The psychiatric profession is “all over the board,” so we don’t need them either. We can decide how long a person goes to prison by the kind of human gene which a delusional judge can make up without any scientific support whatsoever.

For lack of a better explanation, this psychotic episode can be called the “omnipotent judge doctrine” applicable to race, gender, ethnic origin and maybe even a “custodial parenting” gene.  I moved to have Gary removed from my federal civil rights case on the basis of this doctrine but he retaliated instead by dismissing it without mentioning a full one-third of my supporting precedent.

I guess Gary felt that our Supreme Court was also “all over the board” with their supreme rulings so he could disregard those people as well. In the end, he effectively closed the federal courthouse doors to his public critic.

And you wonder why a police investigator took the law into his own hands in a murder-suicide upon exiting child support court leaving three children without parents and the city with a $2 million liability, Pearce v Longo, 766 F. Supp. 2d 367 (NDNY 2011). Gary Sharpe is appointed for life and can only be removed by congressional impeachment. Good luck with that one.

Gary “Sharpe” must be limiting his reading lately to the book, After the Madness, by ex-con and disgraced ex-Chief Justice Sol Wachtler of New York’s high court where it is explained that judges are trained to think of themselves as gods. Nevermind the law books if you get this judge folks. Bring your biology, psychiatric and political manifestos instead. Maybe even an exorcist !

6. Ex-Judge Michael “Cowboy” Daley

In Sixth Place is Ex-Judge Michael “Cowboy” Daley. Yeah that’s right folks, this guy styled himself as some kind of gunslinger judge when he was on the bench in 2010. He must have been watching too many movies because I know he wasn’t doing his judge homework.

I could recall pictures of John Wayne, ranch and rodeo scenes and other self-love paraphernalia in the hallway and offices of his chambers in Herkimer County, New York. However what Mikey seemed to overlook is that his image was not a heroic one. He got the cowboy image because he did as he pleased instead of what the people and their laws prescribed.

In my ordeal, I had the rodeo wanna-be disqualified from a criminal case where I had represented a falsely accused city administrator. A newly elected mayor tried to replace her expeditiously and Daley was the go-to guy for political matters. He threw a temper tantrum not far from his John Wayne picture when I refused to take a guilty plea on her behalf.

This emotionally traumatized woman stuck with me even when the Cowboy threatened her and berated me like a spoiled little brat in open court (because I dared to have him removed from her case). Fortunately she did stay loyal to me because the replacement judge threw out two counts of her felony indictment before trial and the remaining four after a jury trial was concluded. She subsequently brought civil charges against the city.

I knew the day would come when I would have to “pay” for my proper ethical conduct and successes over an unblemished 23 year career as the “bad guy” exposing government corruption. Years later Judge Daley accepted my personal child support case out of proper assignment order and despite earlier disqualification on my client cases.

Cow-Boy committed himself on the record to have a hearing on my removal motion but issued a decision instead behind closed doors violating me without a hearing. I’m not making this up, it’s all backed up in the record, and the New York Appellate Division did nothing about it along with the do-nothing state Commission on Judicial Conduct. It led to my first license suspension in 2010, lifted two years later when an agreement was reached.

Well every dog has its day. My adversaries are gradually getting justice delivered in unexpected ways as I continue to be vindicated year after year in this ordeal. My website at http://www.leonkoziol.com explains it all. Cowboy Daley lost his judgeship when he failed to get needed party endorsements.

Evidently a failure in private practice, he tried out for a lower judge post but was again rejected. Finally this past year, he ran for the job he one held as Herkimer County DA and got buried by Scott Carpenter, a lawyer with far greater integrity, a true Clint Eastwood. He made our day by sending Cowboy Daley to Brokeback Mountain.

So it looks like you were right after all, Mike, but not the way you expected with all that reckless gunslinging. You said it best in those stupid campaign commercials with your cowboy hat declaring “Not in this County.” You’re not anything in that county anymore Mike. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot! You’re full of holes today just like your violation order was in 2009, from pathetic justice to poetic justice.

The seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth place awards go to Judge Wade McCree of Michigan who got a litigant mom pregnant in his chambers while presiding over her support case; Judge Gerald Garson of Brooklyn caught on FBI video taking a bribe to fix a custody case; Judge Thomas Spargo seeking a bribe from a lawyer to fix his divorce case one way or the other; and finally the Pennsylvania judges in the “Kids for Cash” scandal. They’re now doing time for accepting kickbacks from prison contractors based on the number of juveniles they convicted. Some 4,000 convictions had to be overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court which is itself immersed in scandals and resignations.

Welcome to Justice in America ! Here at the Parenting Rights Institute, we are doing what we can to correct this epidemic but need your contributions and support.

Dr. Leon Koziol, Director

(315) 796-4000

Governor Cuomo: Public is Dumb Enough For Another Moreland Investigation: What About Court Corruption?

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Caution Claudia: Tornado Ahead!

It’s been more than two years since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo closed down his Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. Just when testimony was implicating his own corruption, he decided that his expensive taxpayer-financed investigation had served his self-serving purpose.

Now he’s back at it again! U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has issued subpoenas which by all accounts will likely put Andy in federal prison along with his legislative leaders Shelly Silver and Dean Skelos. They were convicted last year as a result of that prematurely closed Moreland Commission. See Latest Story – Investigation of confidant could be a career-killer for Cuomo.

Dodging his own accountability with a sigh of relief at the time, what’s he do now?  He creates another investigation to detract from his own corruption. Seriously Andy? It’s looking like another hideous double standard: i.e. publicizing a dead beats campaign while seriously delinquent in your own support obligations. See related story – Did Kennedy Play Duplicitous Role in Cuomo Child Support Settlement Pressure?

But what about all that testimony at the Moreland hearings from victims of court corruption? In my own presentation I cited one convicted judge after another reading like “a docket sheet in any criminal court.” It was that testimony that caused a gang of lawyers and judges to seize my children and my livelihood.

Leon’s testimony can be viewed here at approximately the 2 hours, 31 minutes and 45 seconds mark:

Free speech is not free when those charged with the highest duty of safeguarding such rights are doing the censorship and suppression. Now we have a candidate for Congress, attorney and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, going down the same path I did when running for the same position. She’s taken aim at the same corruption.

A remarkable story in the Syracuse press years ago describes all the back room politics which goes into DA and judge appointments, elections and decisions at the Onondaga County Courthouse. It’s scary indeed, one who served as chairman of Cuomo’s Moreland Commission and two of my custody judges, Martha Walsh-Hood and Bryan Hedges. See Syracuse.Com Story- Appeals court to decide whether Justice James Tormey can be sued by former clerk

Administrator’s Note: Judges Tormey and Hedges were ultimately held liable for $600,000. Onondaga County DA William Fitzpatrick went on to serve as a Co-Chair of the Moreland Commission.

After getting the latter removed from my case, he was then removed altogether from family court for admitting to sexual misconduct on his handicapped five year old niece. When will parents and family victims finally unite to protest court corruption? Never mind Andy, Mr. Bharara. We got real trouble here in River City, and it’s called Syracuse family court!

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King’s Chronicles: Are Judges Above The Law When It Comes To Public Criticism?

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Part Four: Political Espionage May Be Occurring in Our Third Branch of Government.

By Dr. Leon R. Koziol

In recent posts here at Leon Koziol.com, we told you about a former Chief Justice of New York’s court system who directed paid staff in his chambers to target a lawyer who was getting too close to his mistress in order to harm his law license. It was all infected by politics, and the judge, Sol Wachtler, was eventually sent to prison on stalking, extortion and false reporting charges.

King’s Chronicles is a long overdue expose on court corruption with a viral following around the country and places as far away as Australia and Argentina. It is dedicated to a family court judge, Daniel King, of Lowville, New York whose misconduct is being overlooked due to a mission for censoring my public criticisms and complaints, rights protected by our Constitution and principles of any free society. King’s antics could easily be among those practiced elsewhere, and it is therefore crucial to expose them wherever they may be found.

Some of our followers have pointed out that the Sol Wachtler debacle was isolated and that political conspiracies among judges and their accomplices are hard to prove. Moreover, judges are given special immunities from civil rights violations. Indeed my own cases have suffered from such defenses asserted to dismiss otherwise valid constitutional claims. The public is then given the false impression that the judges have committed no wrongs and that the accusations have no merit. It is a green light for continuing misconduct.

With this backdrop we bring you the case of Morin v Tormey, 626 F.3d 40 (2nd Cir. 2010), a federal appeals court decision which rejected judicial immunity for two judges and clerk accomplices in a civil rights case here in Syracuse brought by a chief court clerk as a victim of their “political espionage” tactics. The case was ultimately settled against the judges for $600,000.00.

One of the judges, Brian Hedges, was assigned to my custody case prior to being disqualified on my motion and later removed from the family court altogether for admitting to sexual misconduct upon his handicapped five year old niece. The other, James Tormey, is still on the bench and assigning cases like my custody matters to Daniel King.

Much like the plaintiff in the Morin case, I am being sent to remote court locations instead of my home county. Now, as promised, we bring you a very brief rendition of the misconduct of Judge King which will become part of a published book. It occurred at a 2014 custody hearing and may reflect similar experiences of victimized families all across the country.

For background, Dan King conducted a so-called “mini-hearing” in November, 2013 without proper notice to enforce his needless supervisory authority over my children. In substance, he was reacting to my website criticisms and September testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption which disclosed fictional college degrees being used to impute income against me for child support purposes (we’re not making this up).

With no competent evidence of any parenting deficiencies, Dan King concocted one after the fact which he called “alcohol related gestures.” He based it on a toast to my niece at a wedding reception (we’re not making that up either). I promptly filed an appeal and secured a higher court restraint upon the bizarre decision which was found to be “structurally flawed” and without proper support.

However I later learned from King’s court clerk that no record had been made of the mini-hearing, hence we could not show the clear abuse before any higher court or misconduct authority. Worse yet, King endeavored to conform the 2014 hearing record to justify his demented orders. His errors are too numerous to cite here, but in salient part, this is how he did it.

At the later properly noticed hearing, Dan King exhibited vindictive behavior warranting his disqualification or removal from the bench. Angered over the higher court order and public criticisms, he maliciously facilitated narrative testimony from a scorned ex-spouse to manufacture a false record. This was needed to whitewash his earlier misconduct and errors.

I logically objected to the utterly irrelevant and incompetent harangue of the ex-spouse acting alone without witness, lawyer or corroboration. She needed no attorney because the judge was acting effectively as her advocate. Two of my five  early objections  were granted when, suddenly, Dan King became unglued and enraged without cause. He threatened to have me removed from the court if I made another objection.

I was consequently forced to endure a long dissertation of fraudulent testimony having no factual support so that King could have a (false) record to support his punitive design. When the sadistic conduct turned toward my recently departed mother, I requested and received permission to exit this kangaroo proceeding to avoid contempt by ambush (making another proper objection).

Shockingly, I lost contact with my precious little girls after 12 years of fit parenting as an outcome. Welcome to King’s Court where a miscarriage of justice can occur without any civil recourse. It is best explained by the kind of “political espionage” or speech suppression that can easily infect our third branch of government. Soon it will become a page-turner in my book supported by the true record.

Dr. Leon R. Koziol

Civil Rights Advocate

(315) 796-4000

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Should Judges be Subject to Mental Health Evaluations?

 

In the Wake of Recent Events, Litigants are Entitled to Better Accountability and Due Process.

By Dr. Leon R. Koziol

When New York’s Chief Justice, Sol Wachtler, was arrested and imprisoned for stalking a debutant and falsifying reports to authorities, it was clear to the world that he suffered from a severe mental disease. Several years ago, this convict was re-licensed as an attorney and assigned to teach ethics if you can believe that.

But there is much more to this story which the public has generally not known. For example, while serving in our third branch of government, Sol Wachtler directed paid staff in chambers to investigate a New Jersey lawyer for the purpose of impairing his law license. That lawyer had become too friendly with the debutant Wachtler had been secretly dating as a married man.

Such precedent has relevance to my ordeal as a civil rights attorney, unblemished for more than 23 years, when I began a reform campaign directed to our divorce and family courts. With each public criticism or formal complaint there arose a matching act of retribution which harmed my parent-child relations and professional livelihood, this coming from the branch of government charged with the highest duty of protecting First Amendment rights.

As fate would have it, the “ethics lawyers” employed by an appeals court in Albany, engaged in the witch hunt against me, were fired for falsifying time sheets in 2013, only weeks after admitting in a closed hearing that they had been targeting my website and formal complaints. As a defense attorney, I once had a client who was charged with a felony for alleged misuse of a city gas card amounting to $16. Yet here, the standard- bearers of attorney ethics, Peter Torncello and Steven Zayas, have never faced any public charges while I remain damaged by their misconduct.

Today we read about a deranged airline pilot who crashed a passenger jet into the French Alps. The public is rightfully demanding better mental health accountability. In our family courts, parents and children are being subjected to mental health evaluations every day on self serving accusations of a scorned litigant or state agency. As explained in prior posts here at Leon Koziol.com, such orders yield billions of dollars in fees and revenues for lawyers and bureaucrats.

But what about the judges, top jurists like Sol Wachtler, who issue such orders like burgers at a restaurant? Didn’t his court clerks have a duty under the ethics code to report his misconduct and seek a mental health evaluation before the public was harmed? Did anyone even raise the issue? Or do we conveniently assume that this was all an isolated series of crimes no longer relevant to our system of justice? Well think again, it’s only gotten worse.

In 2013, a Syracuse family judge, Bryan Hedges, was removed from the bench for admitting to sexual misconduct upon his five year old handicapped niece. At the same time, a Michigan judge admitted to an extramarital affair in chambers with a mother during a child support case which resulted in her pregnancy. Shortly before that, a family judge in Texas was exposed on video beating his teen daughter. In 2009, a state Supreme Court judge in New York City was imprisoned for taking a $9,000 bribe to fix a custody case against a fit mother, and two Pennsylvania judges were also sent to prison in the now infamous “kids for cash” bribery scandal requiring the reversal of 4,000 juvenile convictions.

These are only some of the shocking cases of judicial misconduct that we have featured here. When viewed individually, it’s alarming enough, but taken together, it raises a potential epidemic in our justice system. For example, how would you know that your opposing lawyer is not so connected as to fix a custody case? In the Michigan case, an unsuspecting father was prejudiced with monitoring devices and jail threats to the glee of his pregnant adversary. How many cases are out there today which will never be discovered given the brazen nature of these very recent incidents?

Make no mistake, it’s not just ethical misconduct being overlooked by our judicial commissions, but felonies and deranged actions of office holders held to the highest public trust. Children are being alienated and even removed from fit and loving parents simply because an unscrupulous lawyer with a paid psychologist is able to concoct some voodoo syndrome to explain human emotions inflamed by these very same needless and lucrative court proceedings.

Suddenly the children are at risk and court ordered evaluations are required as a condition for seeing one’s offspring. This is the gold mine that is causing people like investigator  Joseph Longo to commit a murder-suicide that left three children without parents. How are such losses any different than those caused by an airline pilot or his German superiors. Shouldn’t deranged judges and lawyers who profit from their misdeeds be held similarly accountable with mental health evaluations?

In coming days, we will be exposing the deranged behavior of a family judge in Lowville, New York who goes by the name of Dan King. He is a quintessential example of incompetence, arrogance and evil which mars our system of justice and harms innocent children exploited as a means of retribution for public criticisms properly asserted against him. Hopefully, with enough public support, we can remove him like we did Bryan Hedges before more harm is inflicted upon families in family court.

Dr. Leon R. Koziol

Civil Rights Advocate

(315) 796-4000

Ethics Lawyers in Witch Hunt Against Parental Advocate Leon Koziol Removed From Office Due to Ethical Misconduct

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Once again folks, you just can’t make this stuff up. For decades we’ve all wondered why lawyers lose their conscience, look the other way or undermine long overdue reforms to our justice system. Well, when a conscientious attorney, unblemished over 23 years, tried to do just that, his reform efforts were made subject to a succession of false claims by ethics lawyers masquerading as public watch dogs. It caused this lawyer, Leon Koziol, to describe them as an “unethical ethics committee” in federal and state lawsuits.

Shocking as it may seem, Leon’s depictions proved correct. This past week, these same dogs, Peter Torncello and Steven Zayas, were terminated from their positions with the Committee on Professional Standards in Albany, New York after coming under investigation for falsifying time sheets along with other ethics violations, see New York Law Journal online, July 10, 2013. These are the same lawyers who targeted Leon’s public speech at a civil rights forum he sponsored (see news item attached). They did so with false statements and protracted inquiries, all designed to prevent the kind of legal representation which has not only remedied suicide attempts but also resulted in six figure recoveries while restoring family relationships (see second news item).

On May 22, 2013, in an Albany appeals court, “ethics” lawyer Steven Zayas, in the presence of his boss, Peter Torncello, falsely stated to his now former employers on the bench, that Leon Koziol had actually admitted to the false charges presented for deliberation, prompting the presiding judge to correct him. The lawyer also opposed Mr. Koziol’s license reinstatement by citing his public forums, offensive website and precedent seeking litigation. This constituted clear targeting and a violation of our most basic constitutional rights. No matter. Two of the three false claims prevailed as did the time sheets until they were properly investigated by the state’s Inspector General. The Koziol case is now pending before the state’s high court.

Fellow parents, this is all compelling proof that we must avoid these courts at all costs. Our children depend on us for something more than power and money titles exploited by unscrupulous lawyers for profit (custody and support awards). The harm is reaching epic proportions in every segment of society today. That’s why our site was established, why Leon sacrificed a lucrative career for the sake of his own children, and why we must rally in our state capitals while time still allows. In the meantime, check out our Court Avoidance and Self Representation programs available at www.parentingrightsinstitute.com.

After this most recent fiasco, we can only ask ourselves, what’s next, a Family Court judge abusing children sexually? But then again, that too has already happened. If you’ve been following our stories here, Syracuse Family Court Judge Bryan Hedges was removed as a presiding judge over Leon’s custody case in 2011 and from the bench altogether this past year after admitting that he sexually abused his 5-year old handicapped niece. The lawyers for the mother and children in Leon’s custody case defended Bryan Hedges as a judge beyond reproach during a motion for disqualification. Fortunately, for the children’s sake, Leon prevailed.

The judge was thereafter removed from the bench by the state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct. But this occurred only after it received a letter from District Attorney Fitzpatrick, a member of Governor Cuomo’s newest “ethics” commission. Now ask yourselves, what would happen if you, the average citizen, made such a complaint? Would the same commission take similar action? More troubling, what if your children were allowed into a special session with Judge Hedges outside your presence? It is actually required practice in New York, known as a “Lincoln Hearing.” Please, for the sake of your loved ones, get involved! This is our government, not theirs to abuse.