Upcoming Family Court election in Lewis County, NY requires a Primary against Judge Daniel King

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.

Parenting Rights Institute

Administrator’s Note: This is a column worth reading due to its exposure of court corruption that could harm any potential family court litigant. You will learn of inside practices not revealed elsewhere. Share this with others so that they can avoid similar judge abuses.

Author’s Note: As a practicing civil rights attorney until 2010, I became privy to much concealed misconduct in our courts which I exposed only to incur immense retributions. The following column is a part of my ordeal.

Daniel King had a stint as a lawyer in rural Lewis County, New York before managing to have himself elected to the position of family judge in 2012. Upon taking office, he was assigned to cases in much larger counties of New York’s Fifth Judicial District (Syracuse, Utica-Rome and Watertown). These included criminal court matters beyond the limited jurisdiction of family court under the state constitution. But because of a highly abused assignment provision in that same document, he was able to become assigned to cases normally handled by other specialized judges.

This bizarre assignment process took Judge King away from duties properly committed to his Lewis County constituents but he must have enjoyed all the prestige it was giving to him. It is a court process largely off-record and beyond challenge by impacted parties. It represents only one of many reasons cited by the New York bar for a constitutional convention in 2017 to rectify the state’s complex 11-trial court system. That system was compared to our most populous state of California which has a single trial level court. For the same reason, this judge in a county barely having more than 25,000 residents was able to preside in counties having over 460,000 residents. These were places where he never would have been elected, where the voters now had no say in his assignments.

As corruption or bad luck would have it, Daniel King was assigned to my custody and support matters in Oneida County (Utica-Rome) only six months into his term. It was ordered by District Administrative Judge James (Bond) Tormey. Jim acquired the spy designation because he was named in a successful civil rights lawsuit brought by a chief court clerk who refused to engage in “political espionage” (according to a federal judge). This chief clerk was ordered to spy against judge candidates of an opposite political party and was subjected to retaliation by assignments to remote locations.

This retaliation patterned my family court assignments to many of the same remote locations in retaliation for my whistleblowing activity. The clerk recovered $600,000 because, unlike litigants harmed by comparable wrongs, court employees are not subject to judicial immunity. I know the corruption exposed here at Leon Koziol.com is often hard to believe, but this one can be verified at Morin v Tormey, 626 F.3d 40 (2nd Cir, 2010)(a federal appeals court ruling in Manhattan). Somehow the learned judges who reviewed the retaliation against me could not see a problem with any of this. It was not even mentioned in their subsequent decisions on my state appeals and federal civil rights cases.

Emboldened by those unjust decisions, Judge King began a process of systematically alienating me from my precious daughters. The tactics used are beyond conscience, but you will have to simply brace yourself for the revelations made now, years later, so that one can see how truly corrupt, hypocritical and political these family court processes can be. Daniel King was eventually forced to step down from my support and custody cases but not before irreparable harm was inflicted, the kind that warrants not only millions of dollars in state compensation, but a profound investigation by both the U.S. Justice Department and Civil Rights Bureau of the New York Attorney General.

The voters of Lewis County must be made aware of King’s reign in their family court because any one of them could become victim to his juvenile behavior. This rural county is dominated by Republicans and Conservatives, hence a voting democracy here is best served by a primary candidate. If party leaders are mindlessly committed to an incumbent endorsement, a Republican challenger can easily overcome this by going directly to the people. That much is easy to do here. No media or special interests will prevent a door-to-door campaign. Even a third-party candidate will send the message that we are sick of do-nothing, politically-appointed, window-dressing, misconduct commissions.

To be sure, why not send a profound message that the rest of our nation can applaud and emulate in a state where our country was born, where Revolutionary War sites abound? Judge King exhibited exactly what his name suggests, a petty tyrant too immature to restrain his ego, impressing his judicial superiors so that an endorsement would be a given and his abuses forgotten years later. If anything, the value of our voting power lies in our ability to remember, to exert recourse when our oversight entities fail us. This is such a case, and we must find a judge candidate while time allows, and that time is now.

This judge tyrant acted on his first day of assignment issuing an order based on the one-sided assertions of an ex-spouse hell bent on replacing me with a childless millionaire having questionable motives. The accuser was not present at an event she was describing which warranted no intervention. She cited or produced no witness to back up her self-serving narratives. In short, anything that could be thrown at the lawyer-dad (judicial whistleblower) by a scorned party would be accepted as gospel with no moral compass or remorse of any kind. This King could care less about the grave consequences to wonderful, long-established, father-daughter relations at the time.

When asked in open court what basis was being used to issue his child access limitations, King managed to rationalize that he was somehow “protecting” my children, two girls he had never met, never raised, or made possible in the first place. This “best interests of the child” standard was abused beyond reason with power that had simply gone to King’s head. Only weeks later, he increased a child support obligation using college degrees (PhD and Masters) that I had never received. When called to task in later court filings, he refused to acknowledge his blunder, clear from the record, and dismissed it as “harmless error.”

Because there is no meaningful judicial oversight commission, I was forced to expose that blunder, among others, in testimony before ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption at Pace University on September 17, 2013 (Constitution Day). Ironically that governor dissolved this commission prematurely when testimony began implicating top state officials in criminality. But fortunately one of the speakers was a federal prosecutor incensed by this maneuver. He seized commission files and ended up convicting the leaders of both houses of the legislature and a top Cuomo aide. Within three months of my highly public and damning exposure, Judge King ended the parenting time granted to me one year earlier by a veteran family judge in Syracuse.

Unlike that judge there was no trial here, and the one King concocted on another first appearance was labeled a “mini-hearing.” Because no advance notice was provided, no proof could be offered. No complaint had ever been filed with any child protection agency and I possessed no criminal record. Nevertheless, an infuriated Judge King suspended all child contact based on an admitted champaign toast at a niece’s wedding with my girls present. He called it a “prohibited alcohol related gesture” which was never prohibited anyway assuming one could figure out what such a gesture could be.

This is not something that can be made up. Despite prison inmates who were being treated with greater respect, this “prohibited gesture” can be found on page five of a December 2, 2013 decision. It was quickly stayed (stopped) on appeal, but when a panel of judges in Rochester got hold of it, my parenting time was again suspended without explanation one day before a properly noticed plenary (full) trial before Judge King. Shortly into that trial, conducted without jury, the sworn narratives of an unrepresented ex-spouse was allowed to proceed without any logical or legal constraint. This presiding judge directed me to cease making objections under penalty of removal so that he could orchestrate a desired record to back up his earlier bizarre rulings.

That plain scheme forced me to exit proceedings early not only due to its gesture in futility but to prevent a clearly biased judge from using me as part of any legitimate process. However, my exit also enabled King to treat the one-sided concoctions as true. Apart from a few holiday hours, I was then denied all parenting time to the present day, eight years later. Judge King was finally removed from my case after I successfully challenged his 2016 gag order on this website, Leon Koziol.com, thereby adding a First Amendment dimension to his combined assault on my parenting right. The Supreme Court has repeatedly declared that right to be “the oldest liberty interest protected by our Constitution,” Troxel v Granville, 530 US 57 (2000).

This is only a portion of my horrific ordeal which prompted me to seek international protection in Paris. It also prompted my September 23, 2021 testimony before Governor Kathy Hochul’s blue-ribbon Commission on Forensic Custody Evaluations. Such evaluations were abused here to carry out the retaliation agenda. This is no John Grisham story but a true human rights odyssey captured in my newly published book, Whistleblower in Paris. Available at any Barnes and Noble store, Amazon (which gave it a five-star rating) or major on-line book seller, this book should be obtained by anyone seeking a candidacy or poetic justice in Lewis County.

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Motion Asks Justice Ginsburg To Step Down From Judicial Whistle Blower Case

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Extraordinary Case Focuses on Judicial Ethics and Court Abuses

An unprecedented case docketed in the Supreme Court on June 17, 2016  became more extraordinary when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lashed out at a presidential candidate one month later. After working its way through federal and state courts, the judicial whistle blower action, Leon Koziol v United States District Court, finally reached our high court.

At the core of the case is a targeted website which exposes corruption in our nation’s divorce and family courts. Maintained by a parental advocate with over 25 years of litigation experience, it exposes corruption in our third branch of government and resulted in severe retributions for the sponsor and judicial whistle blower, Dr. Leon R. Koziol.

The website, http://www.leonkoziol.com was subjected to a variety of discreet and overt forms of government retaliation including an unconstitutional gag order imposed by a family judge eventually lifted when a mandamus action was filed in New York Supreme Court. This site also featured a number of anti-liberal posts defending Donald Trump since August, 2015.

The action seeks recourse for political activity outside the scope of judicial office which is then applied in decision making processes beyond the knowledge or fair input of adversely impacted litigants. It is a First and Fourteenth Amendment case committed to improving the conduct of our justice system through the supervisory jurisdiction of our highest court.

With a conference date now set by the Justices for September 26, 2016, Dr. Koziol was forced to file a motion on August 9, 2016 seeking disqualification of Justice Ginsburg from Case No. 15-1519. It also seeks an adjournment until after election day to permit good government groups and interested parties including Donald Trump to file amicus briefs.

(Click Here to Download August 5, 2016 Motion for Disqualification from Scribd)

Such a motion is not new but rarely employed as it was by the Sierra Club in the 2004 case of Cheney v United States District Court, directed to Justice Scalia. The opening statement of the motion here is reprinted below:

On June 17, 2016, this Court docketed Case No. 15-1519 entitled Leon R. Koziol v United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. It is an extraordinary action based, inter alia, on this Court’s ruling in Cheney v United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 542 US 367 (2004). It seeks vital recourse for civil rights violations by judges and their agents who impeded access to this Court. These violations were conceived beyond the scope of judicial office and executed through an abuse of such office. They comprise retributions for petitioner’s ten year exposure of corruption in our third branch of government.

It is an ordeal that reads like a John Grisham novel but plays out in real life as a dark side to justice meted out against judicial whistle blowers as a way of covering up serious misconduct. It is a lesson for advocates of free speech and press everywhere who dare to risk their families and livelihoods on the misplaced notion that those entrusted with the highest duty of safeguarding our constitutional rights will do so even when they are themselves the necessary subjects of public criticism.

Quite apart from the unconscionable injuries inflicted upon a native born American, these violations have serious implications for all citizens in that they usurp the self-governing authority of a free society, they make the case that other whistle blowers such as Edward Snowden can never expect fair treatment in the states, and that money and influence will invariably prevail over the rule of law in our nation’s courts. Indeed, on all fronts and in all branches of government, we are at a crossroads in that never ending quest to guarantee “liberty and justice for all.”

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A Florida doctor, California dentist and Virginia engineer join Dr. Leon Koziol on June 17, 2016 at the United States Supreme Court to announce the filing of a case seeking parental equality and judicial accountability in our nation’s divorce and family courts.

(Click Here to Download June 17, 2016 Petition for Writ from Scribd)

 

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Must Read!!! Family Court and NSA Whistleblowers: What They Have in Common

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By Administrator at Blog Site, Leon Koziol.com.

A recent flurry of news articles feature the National Security Administration (NSA), Hillary’s e-mail scandal and whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake, John Crane, Diane Roark, William Binney, among others. In both The Guardian and Drudge Report, for example, a survey is provided to learn whether whistleblower protection laws really work. Its conclusion: they protect no one.

As a concerned citizen, this should send chills down your spine. When our own government is secretly expanding power beyond that authorized by our Constitution to spy on mainstream Americans, we rely on whistleblowers the same way we did Paul Revere to warn us of danger. Apathy and ignorance usher in a new era of autocratic control and eradication of rights that our military and law enforcement sacrifice themselves for each day.

But while the public has been informed of the whistleblower heroics at the NSA, a far greater abuse of power has quietly gone unnoticed in our nation’s divorce and family courts. Here judges have exceeded authority well beyond their constitutional limits as impartial decision makers using our children as their pretext. They have wielded power which even the NSA, IRS and FBI do not enjoy for investigating and controlling our private lives.

Followers of this site have been given access to the whistleblowing activity of Dr. Leon R. Koziol, a parental and civil rights advocate who filed complaints, exposed family court abuses and testified before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. Within days of that testimony he was subjected to an orchestrated process which cost him his children, livelihood, home and even his personal security.

Finally a New York Supreme Court Justice signed an order on May 3, 2016 directing Family Judge Daniel King to answer Leon’s mandamus and prohibition action regarding a protection (gag) order issued against this blog site. Various posts were targeted by that gag order which exposed a scheme to relocate Leon’s children to a millionaire’s home without requisite notice on Judge King’s family court record for more than eight months until discovered by happenstance on Fathers’ Day 2015.

One day after the superior order was signed, Judge King had his clerk contact Leon to cancel an already adjourned trial on his gag order set for the next business day. Then he dismissed the scheming mom’s offense petition and ended the six month old gag order without a trial. Obviously this judge was undermining the Supreme Court order by making his gag order moot. But his other abusive orders have remained in place, thereby setting up a public showdown on June 22, 2016 at 1:30 pm in New York Supreme Court in Utica.

Arguments will occur on that day to decide whether Judge King should be removed (as Leon’s prior custody judge was for admitting to sexual misconduct on his handicapped five year old niece). But this is much more than an issue concerning the misconduct of an obscure and incompetent family judge called down from the Canadian border to reek havoc on Leon’s life. It is about our rights as parents and Americans to hold our public officials accountable, in this case members of our third branch who are not above the law.

It is a case which will shed light on whether Edward Snowden can trust our judiciary to decide his whistleblower protection rights. After all, if a parent exposing corruption in family court is vilified with impunity as Leon was, how can anyone in any employment capacity be assured that they can disclose misconduct through proper channels exactly as Leon and those prior to Snowden had done at the NSA (Roark was a high level congressional staffer).

Because of his public exposure of corruption regarding divorce, custody and child support across America, Leon has become vilified on all fronts despite over two decades as an unblemished civil rights attorney. Judge King has had to rely on such extremes as “prohibited alcohol related gestures” (a wedding toast to his niece at a table shared by his children) to issue forensic orders designed strictly to punish Leon’s speech outside the courtroom. Meanwhile Judge King himself is a regular with his own children at a Lowville, New York tavern where the bar staff have committed his cocktails to memory.

In the story regarding NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, references were made to his grandfather, a German security officer in 1923 who testified against Adolf Hitler and caused the future dictator prison time. Drake made parallels to the systemic retaliation he and other whistleblowers endured here. In Leon’s story and testimony, references were made to Hitler’s Mein Kampf, written in that prison, where the future tyrant counseled his followers to exploit children to get the people to abandon their rights. Isn’t that what’s occurring today in these family courts? Leon need not go two generations to understand dictators. His own father counseled him well after spending five years in a Nazi concentration camp.

 

Leon’s testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption that led to retaliation can be viewed here at approximately the 2 hours, 31 minutes and 45 seconds mark:

 

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