By Dr. Leon R. Koziol
While criminal prosecutions continue against leaders of New York’s Legislature as a direct consequence of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, serious questions linger. For example, what came of all the shocking testimony and petitions lodged by the general public, limited as it was, on Constitution Day, 2013 at Pace University? What about the hundreds of speakers excluded from that hearing who were left outside protesting as a result? Why was the Commission prematurely disbanded, why were so many citizens misled into believing they could be heard and answered, and how much corruption remains rampant here in New York State due to the utterly impotent nature of that Commission?
It certainly cost our taxpayers substantial money to create this “dream team” of prosecutors and experts to root out corruption in state government. And while we certainly commend U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for his follow-up investigations and prosecutions, a review of the public testimony raises far more concerns than the ones supporting a prosecution of two legislative leaders. That testimony is found on our site at Leon Koziol.com. As one of the few who were allowed to participate from the general public, I raised serious issues concerning documented retaliation for my public criticisms on that site and my complaints of judicial misconduct in diverse filings. The retaliation has only escalated dramatically since that hearing.
Testimony of Leon Koziol, J.D., before the New York Moreland Commission on Public Corruption at Pace University on September 17, 2013. Leon’s eye-opening presentation can be viewed at approximately the 2 hours, 31 minutes and 45 seconds mark:
Therefore I am recommending the creation of a citizens Commission on Public Corruption headed by a “dream team” of good government advocates who can complete the work of the governor’s quickly dissolved “ad hoc” entity. Here are a number of observations from the Moreland proceedings which warrants such a public commission:
1) Ellen Oxman, of Women for Justice in New York Courts, provided compelling testimony of her abuse at the hands of a wealthy opponent with connections to the judges in her divorce and family proceedings. Where did her petition go, where is she today, and what came of the brazen level of injustice she carefully documented before the Moreland Commission?
2) Carl Lanzisera of Americans for Legal Reform and a co-member gave startling revelations regarding a 20 year history of court corruption including the similar impotent conclusion of the 2009 Senate hearings on judicial reform. The chair of that Senate Committee, John Sampson, was later indicted for official misconduct while in office. Among the recommendations made by this organization was the mandatory psychological testing of judges who take our children from us to bring them on par with other government officials.
3) Michael Kraveski, a regular citizen, provided a heart wrenching seven year ordeal in Kings County Family Court which has become all too commonplace in America today, one which led to an unarmed father shot to death in the back while fleeing a support warrant at a traffic stop in South Carolina less than two years later. He described himself as a victim of a “money extortion scheme” through impossible obligations, fraudulent tactical petitions and a “Star Chamber” court. He suffered a stroke in the end after losing his job and life savings.
4) Rich Velotti, an attorney for Act Now New York made an ominous prediction of sorts when he described how Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver, Senate Leader Dean Skelos and former leader Joe Bruno conspired to influence and limit the work of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, an entity comprised of members selected by them and the governor to investigate misconduct in Albany. All three were prosecuted criminally by federal authorities, none by the state. Attorney Velotti labeled the JCPE “a joke” with a strong recommendation that the Moreland Commission, with its independent investigatory powers, be made permanent.
5) Marie Tooker, a single mother of three, described a criminal enterprise in our courts which left her homeless with $12 in her bank account.
6) A Fordham law professor commended the Commission as an example of good government, never imagining that it would be dissolved in six months for doing the very work it was charged to perform. She emphasized the need for permanent “structural” changes to replace the “prophylactic” approach to public corruption which remains in place.
7) Elena Sassower was so emotional over the lack of judicial accountability over many years that she refused to yield to her allotted time as a speaker, even under threats of removal.
8) Katherine Wilson, a victim of divorce court, began her testimony with a request that certain Commission members cease their texting during the general public segment of the hearing. She also asked that one or more members who had left for the lobby during that segment return to their seats so that she could have the benefit of a full Commission. Needless to say, she elicited a resounding applause for her bold introductions after emphasizing her experience with “guns in her face” while living in Ireland. It left her without any fear of this Commission. When asked to conclude her remarks, she defended her few minutes of space with the one hour spent by the Commission chair lauding the credentials of members which were already found in the table brochures. She cited shocking examples of domestic violence victims who preferred to return to their abusive home environments than face the “battering” they sustained in New York’s matrimonial courts. You simply have to listen to her full presentation as I cannot do it justice here.
9) Marguerita Walter gave yet another heart wrenching ordeal at the hands of a corrupt divorce system with a “de facto termination of (her) parental rights,” some $150,000 spent on “supervised visits” and the ultimate permanent alienation of her children. She described 12 years of cruel and retaliatory acts for her exercise of fundamental rights after giving birth to children abandoned at an early age by their father. She was a Cuban refugee as a child herself fleeing from a corrupt communist regime headed by dictator Fidel Castro only to find far worse oppression here.
10) Not to be out done, Mr. Gallison, a reporter for secondary news sources, Truth-out and Black Star News, provided the Commission and its audience with a shocking rendition of corruption involving the selection of Jonathan Lippman to the highest judicial post of Chief Justice at New York’s Court of Appeals. He gave testimony before the 2009 Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, provided complaints before the state Judicial Conduct Commission and furnished reports in response to Preet Bharara’s request for input following the disbanding of the Moreland Commission, all of which went un-answered.
What happened to these speakers and their presentations? Where are they today? More to the point, what can we, the people, do to get the answers? What can we do to obtain follow-up on all the corruption which could have been heard from all those good citizens left out in the audience or in the streets? Why is all this being swept under the carpet? If we do nothing, we guarantee more of the same or worse corruption in years to come, not a very good legacy for all the children and future generations harmed by the same corruption. It’s a trillion dollar “cottage industry” as one speaker plainly put it, and it shows no sign of correction.
Consequently I am asking our followers and advocates of good government everywhere to join my petition for a People’s (Moreland) Commission on Public Corruption. Kindly spread the word, make it viral as you are so good at doing, send me your credentials, suggestions and support, and let’s give this government something it never expected. We can conduct a preliminary conference call when enough interest is offered, followed by a meeting at Pace University, State Plaza in Albany or any other location for hearings. We can apply FOIA and subpoena powers where possible, and issue our own final report for media consumption and government deliberation. And, unlike the costly Commission, we can do the necessary follow-up ourselves in public, political and electoral processes. An organized protest is long overdue on this crucial subject.
I can be reached at (315) 796-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail your input to my attention at P.O. Box 8302; Utica, New York 13505. Finally it must be emphasized that there are many court ordeals sampled from the general public segment of the Moreland hearings which warrant a book or documentary publication. As a publishing consultant, I can offer professional assistance to anyone interested in this powerful means of influencing justice and reform. You will find the details in my October 7, 2015 post here at Leon Koziol.com.
Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
Civil Rights Advocate
This week we feature the “Liberty and Justice Series” in the sequel of dedications leading up to the Founding Fathers March on Washington set to occur on April 20, 2012. It comes to you from the hallowed grounds of the Saratoga National Battlefield. Women continue to be the dominant responders behind our cause for domestic relations reform and preservation of constitutional rights. Among them is a very dynamic and talented victim in New York City seeking to reverse a custody order which reduced her to a status dominated by men, the “non-custodial” parent.
This woman asked to join our Institute because of a keen understanding of the system. She knows how it is harming both men and women through the exploitation of our children. She understands how the system causes good moms and dads to fight with one another so that contributions can be made to the needy lawyers’ fund instead of our families and children. If all moms and dads could come together like this, we would be a real force. Instead, it’s more money for lawyers, less money for you, so keep clicking uselessly on those lazy keyboards, or get busy doing something about it, like this woman has.
Today is dedicated to that time honored concept of “Liberty”. Fewer Americans each year retain a true appreciation for this particular aspect of our Constitution. Yet our country was built upon it, countless veterans sacrificed themselves for it, and the patriots here at Saratoga Battlefield gave their lives for it. This is the component of our series which enables you to type on your keyboards, quit your work, collect benefits, open a business, move to another state and pursue an education or calling. It also guarantees your right to bring children into the world and raise them without undue state control.
These and other liberties are not specified in constitutional text because our founding fathers recognized their inherent existence in the laws of nature. Imagine a delegate in 1789 seeking to draft a parenting liberty into our Bill of Rights. He would undoubtedly be laughed out of the Convention. It was too fundamental in its day to require expression among those fringe rights being violated by the former mother country, for example speech and press. Justice Scalia is the only member of the Supreme Court unable to grasp this. All other justices, joined by the vast majority on the bench during the 20th Century, have understood this right, repeatedly declaring it to be the “oldest liberty interest” protected by our Constitution.
The violation of the parenting right is principally recent vintage due to the vast increases in divorce and lawyers in society, some 300,000 sharks in California alone. There is simply no one outside the feeding frenzy with sufficient courage and patriotism to challenge this. As one of the few conscientious ones who did, after 23 years of unblemished practice, I was suddenly deemed unworthy by this profession. Details can be found in my federal court filings. This parenting right is largely indistinguishable from speech, press and assembly. However, because the state claims an interest in our children, the courts allow it to infringe upon this right with impunity. The focus upon money disguises a reality that the state is exploiting the laws of nature.
Such exploitation is being challenged in my test cases. Understand it as a four tier caste system among parents which keeps them in a constant state of opposition. Instead of facilitating free parenting agreements and mediation, state and federal support formulas require all separated parents to name a “custodial” and “non-custodial” parent. Moms, dads and untitled parenting orders are not allowed in these court processes. Consequently, a lucrative caste system has developed which keeps the litigation coming until no money is left to fight over.
The top tier is occupied by custodial moms. These parents receive money awards and the power to regulate members of the lower tiers. The next tier is reserved for custodial male parents. These are unconventional occupiers who enjoy many of the same benefits as their counterparts, but because their adversaries are women, judges are not inclined to throw support delinquents and contempt candidates in prison. Statistics and case studies bear this out. The third tier is the conventional non-custodial father who is made to feel proper in a weekend warrior role even though he is accorded little right to participate meaningfully in his children’s lives.
Judges are sadistically programmed to incarcerate this third class of parent for support delinquencies. They gain political satisfaction with the violence stigma and dead beat slurs associated with this parenting class. It’s a “slam dunk” as one New York magistrate put it. The bottom tier is occupied by non-custodial female parents. These are the walking dead in the sense that they are deprived the same rights as the earlier tier but they are stigmatized as drug addicts, mental incompetents or child abusers. Simply stated, they exist under the stigma that something is seriously wrong with them to be remanded to this status, no matter how they endeavor to explain it.
This four caste structure is maintained despite its antiquated nature, derived from a day when moms stayed at home. In the case of Webster v Ryan, 729 NYS 2d 315, a veteran judge even declared that “custody and visitation have outlived their usefulness”. Such institutional terms keep parents fighting in a court system which cannot deliver justice because of its inherently unjust structure. This is fundamentally a violation of our liberty interests in free parenting. The caste structure must be removed except in cases of genuine abuse, neglect or abandonment, or the traditional justifications used by the Supreme Court for state interference. However, because money is at its core, not the “best interests” of our children, reform can only come through marches such as ours on the final frontier of civil rights remaining unchecked in America today.
November 30, 2011 Dr. Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
Saratoga, New York Parenting Rights Institute
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You are the front line soldiers in the fight to bring equal rights to the last discriminated class in America, fathers in domestic relations proceedings. It’s not easy, we know, but you must stay the course because other victims, both men and women, most importantly our children, are relying upon you. This day in our sequel of events leading up to the Founding Fathers March on Washington is dedicated in honor of our nation’s fathers’ rights advocates. It’s time that America gave you the recognition you deserve, the same way it did for Susan B. Anthony, Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights advocates.
Today’s dedication is being made from the hallowed grounds of the Saratoga National Battlefield in historic upstate New York. This venue was selected to revive your spirit and recruit you to our cause. Saratoga was the turning point in a war that made our current nation possible, and it must be employed as a symbolic turning point in the Fathers’ Rights Movement. Like the patriots who fought this battle, and the founding fathers who kept their faith, you must reach out to your friends and allies, the victims in Family Court, and all those who resort to taking matters into their own hands because their so-called “justice” system refuses to honor their petitions and appeals. In this movement, you are literally saving lives, innocent child victims and America itself from the greed of lawyers and politicians. Future generations will see you as their heroes.
Our government continues to use fathers as the whipping post for failed domestic policies and a feminist agenda that is causing more harm to women than men could ever have delivered. Women are now finding themselves paying the household bills for men in their lives faced with draconian support bills to the ex-spouses. In turn, successful men are avoiding relationships with those same ex-spouses out of a concern that their gold digging behavior might be transferred to them. Moms find themselves unable to raise children alone because dad was forced to abandon them in these one-sided court battles. Grandmothers and sisters become victims when male family members are threatened with “child support” debtor prisons. The list goes on.
As a knowledgeable father advocate, you bring these issues to the forefront but wonder who’s watching your back. The feminist agenda maligns your efforts with sexist slurs such as the proverbial “dead beat dad”. You read about gender biased laws such as VAWA to prevent violence against women all the while questioning how that law satisfies the “equal protection” clause plainly found in your nation’s Constitution. Where is your protection from violent women, the ones rarely reported until they resort to guns, knives, poison and murder-for-hire. When will the same people who pass these laws finally hold women accountable for fraudulent reports designed to gain an edge in custody and money extortion schemes? Such tactics have been universally found to constitute a form of domestic violence.
After a hard day’s work, you pay your business, home and cell phone bills only to find that your Verizon carrier is rewarding you with advertising which depicts “dad” as a “monster” to your children. Your president is telling you on Father’s Day that you need to “man-up” to your responsibilities while he shows no manliness in facing the real cause of today’s “Fatherless America”. In television commercials you find football players in pink jerseys supporting breast cancer research but none with cheerleaders wearing shoulder pads supporting prostate research. When the sitcoms and movies return to your set, you are infiltrated with male actors depicted as dumb, weak and feminine. Finally, you hike out to the mountains and forests with no woman around and still ask yourself, can you still be all wrong out here?
It’s a crazy world which requires a more traditional man, exactly like you, to bring sanity back to America and its future generations. When Sara Palin was tapped to become our nation’s first vice-president, she responded to a question about Russian-American relations near Alaska with a bomb threat. This came not long before feminists announced that men sought public office to advance themselves whereas women sought public office to accomplish things. It’s good to know that after thousands of years of self advancement by men which produced the world we live in today, a woman would come along to turn it all into a nuclear winter, an accomplishment to end all accomplishments.
November 28, 2011 Dr. Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
Utica, New York Parenting Rights Institute
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PARENTING ALERT: We’re making our next move. The Parenting Rights Institute today announced a proposal for the creation of the “Thomas Ball Society”. This group of parent, child and family advocates will join efforts across the nation in protest of a system of laws which is taking children from good parents on an escalating scale. In some cases, the seizure is carried out directly by state agencies purporting to act in our children’s so-called “best interests”. Using the same propaganda, the state seizes other children through oppressive “custody” and “support” processes which force parents to fight over their own offspring.
Sgt. Thomas Ball burned himself alive in front of the Cheshire County Superior Courthouse in Keene, New Hampshire this past June to bring attention and reform to these oppressive processes (see his manifesto). We cannot even relate to the level of commitment, sacrifice and pain this man endured in an effort to safeguard our American value systems. However, unlike the protester he was seeking to emulate in the Arab world uprisings, Tom’s event was profoundly suppressed and received hardly any mainstream news media coverage. You could imagine the opposite effect if a mother burned herself alive in protest of domestic violence at the same courthouse. Countless state agencies would benefit financially from the public outcry.
Tom stood for the most basic principles upon which our nation was founded. However, the child has been converted by the state into a multi-billion dollar industry – America’s new modern day version of capitalism. Our government will promote money interests not unlike Hitler promoted Nazi youth and Soviet imperialists promoted socialism. The difference here, of course, is that we have this thing called the Constitution. It was designed to check government advances upon our most cherished liberties. And there is no liberty or privacy interest more cherished than the right to rear our own children free from utopian philosophies and lucrative child transfers.
It is our job, as the “People” in that Constitution to place limits upon state power. Otherwise it is nothing more than parchment destined for sterility by an authoritative substitute. In this alert, we are providing you with a link to learn more about Thomas Ball. Also we are continuing to solicit donations behind the parenting rights litigation brought by Parental Rights Advocate Leon Koziol. In coming weeks, we will be contacting family rights leaders around the country to join this society. If you are interested, please contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call direct at (315) 796-4000. The physical life of Thomas Ball may have been extinguished by a final dying ember at a courthouse of a small American town. But from Tom’s ashes, a patriotic spirit has been renewed which can never die.
The following news documentary video is courtesy of our liberty-minded friends at FreeKeene.Com which aired on July 18, 2011. We would like to thank them for doing an outstanding job of producing such a fine masterpiece! As of today’s posting, this video has yet to receive the kind of viral-like circulation that it deserves amongst the parenting rights movement. Help spread the word – we encourage you to share this video of the Thomas Ball story with others in an effort to let the truth be known.
Here is a the direct URL: http://youtu.be/GMIPOmZRPgA
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Custody mayhem in California could have been avoided by reform litigation being pursued by parental rights advocate Leon Koziol, J.D.
Regrettably, the kind of violence evidenced by this incident could have been prevented through the efforts of parental rights advocate Leon Koziol, J.D., and his test cases currently being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court and federal appeals court in New York City. This latest incident as predicted, was described in a post on his website www.leonkoziol.com only several days ago, appearing on October 10, 2011.
In a very ironic and timely twist on this, Mr. Koziol’s case will be conferenced by the Justices of the United States Supreme Court tomorrow, October 14, 2011, for a possible precedent setting decision. On the other case in New York City, the United States Justice Department, New York Attorney General and defense firms, have secured extension for their briefs and arguments.
For a fuller description of Mr. Koziol’s efforts to reform laws that harm parent-child relationships, please visit: www.leonkoziol.com. Leon Koziol is available for commentary regarding this current news story and pending litigation. He can be reached at (315) 796-4000. We are also asking our regular followers to please share this story with regional and national media connections.
As stated in previous posts, resources have dwindled to nothing in connection with our current cases. We are therefore seeking contributions from all concerned. Such cases would cost individual litigants or groups hundreds of thousands in competent fees and litigation expense. It is therefore crucial for all of our supporters to join us in this effort. A pay pal account has been set up to accept your donation. No matter how great or small it may be, every amount helps. Please consider this using the method provided below or by mail to: Parenting Rights Institute; 1518 Genesee Street; Utica, New York 13502. Once again, we would like to thank all of you for your help.
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