By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
On November 15, 2019, at 9 a.m., at the United States Courthouse in Albany, New York, a federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments regarding a precedent-seeking case entitled, Leon Koziol, Individually and as Natural Parent vs State of New York, Child Support Processing Center, Acting Family Judge Gerald Popeo, Support Magistrate Natalie Carraway, Chief Court Clerk Barbara Porta, Support Investigator Katie Lawrence, Custodial Parent Kelly Hawse-Koziol and Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol.
This case features inhumane retributions which I sustained as a model parent and attorney who blew the whistle on corruption in our divorce and family courts. That corruption is twofold: first the systemic bias among judges rewarded by the number and size of support orders they issue under a federal funding law known as Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, and second, a particular bias ranging from my pedophile custody judge removed from the bench (Bryan Hedges) to a racist, unethical and abusive judge censured by a judicial commission (Gerald Popeo, a defendant here).
It was filed on August 7, 2019 in New York Supreme Court after I was denied court transcripts and evidentiary subpoenas to show a major fraud during a support violation proceeding. My rights of due process, free speech and equal protection were violated incessantly after federal judges in upstate New York referred my complaints to state court over the years. In a shocking irony, the New York Attorney General (representing the state, judges and court clerk) then moved my case from state court back to federal court on August 29, 2019.
Nearly 40 trial level judges have been disqualified or removed from my originally uncontested divorce. Over a period of 12 years, my livelihood, reputation and parent-child relations were utterly destroyed through such concoctions as a “prohibited alcohol related gesture” (a wedding toast) and fabricated college degrees (PhD and Masters) to elevate my support obligations.
It has set new records for unmitigated corruption. For example, ethics lawyers engaged in the witch hunt against me have opposed my reinstatement to practice as long as I continue to blow the whistle. This has been ongoing for a record 10 years. The same lawyers were then allowed to resign without any criminal or ethics charges after being caught falsifying their time sheets.
As observers across the country have warned time and again, if they can do this to a model parent and unblemished attorney (for more than 23 years), imagine what they could do to the rest of us. A sort of Gestapo atmosphere is growing in our family courts to advance a trillion dollar industry. Anyone courageous or conscientious enough to stand in the way of this gold mine will be squashed, immediately or over time.
The greed and corruption are so rampant that I was subjected to a “shoot on site” threat arising from an unlawful support warrant one year ago. That warrant was issued by Defendant Judge Gerald Popeo who accepted an assignment to my support case six months after complaining of my supposed participation in a “witch hunt” that led to his public censure by a judicial commission. Defendant Sheriff Robert Maciol admitted during a radio program that this high alert warrant was unlawfully leaked to the media. Read more details by clicking on to the link below:
This is a watershed case seeking to declare excessive enforcement practices unconstitutional, to establish parental alienation as a constitutional violation, and to secure legal protection for judicial whistle blowers. Bradley Birkenfeld recovered $104 million in an IRS whistle blower case after serving a 30 month prison term in retaliation for his exposure of a Swiss Bank scandal involving billions of dollars in federal revenue losses. I am seeking to set precedent here for those parents sent to debtor prisons and punished for protecting their children. Over time, it could result in billions of dollars in federal tax savings.
Precedent cases in recent years have proven me correct in my long held positions while paving the way for justice to finally occur. These include unanimous Supreme Court decisions in Exxon Mobile v Saudi Industries, 544 US 280 (2005); Marshall v Marshall, 547 US 293 (2006), Sprint v Jacobs, 571 US 69 (2013) and Rippo v Baker, 580 US __ (2017)(per curiam). They are reversing a 50 year trend by lower federal judges of denying family court victims their rightful access to our federal courts whose paramount purpose is to preserve our most basic federal rights.
This year alone, in the case of Timbs v Indiana, 580 US ___ (2/20/19), the Supreme Court declared that excessive fines and asset confiscations violated the Eighth Amendment. Although applied in the criminal context, parallels can be made to the civil case abuses which lead to needless bankruptcies, parent-child separations and premature deaths. Throughout my highly isolated crusade, I have exposed excessive court orders which, like the seizures in Timbs, benefited the state and third parties more than they did the “best interests” of any parent, child or family.
Only weeks ago, a federal appeals court issued a “Precedential” decision in Surender Malhan v Secretary U.S. Department, et. al., 18-3373 (3rd Cir. September 18, 2019). Citing two of the cases listed above, the court reversed a lower federal ruling which had dismissed a father’s civil rights case seeking to curb excessive support enforcement practices. It rejected Rooker-Feldman and Younger Abstention practices which deferred federal claims to pending or completed proceedings in state court. The case was remanded back to the lower federal court. That means it is unlikely to reach the Supreme Court any time soon.
Court arguments will begin and conclude on my case in the morning of November 15, 2019 and are open to the public. It took a horrific sacrifice to make this happen for the benefit of court victims everywhere. Spread the word, attend the hearing, and donate to this site to cover our vast litigation costs. For more information, contact our PRI office at (315) 380-3420 or e-mail me personally at email@example.com.
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
If you are a regular follower of this site, Leon Koziol.com, then you know about New York Supreme Court Judge James McClusky who excused a school bus driver from any jail time despite his conviction of raping a 14 year old student earlier this year. It has resulted in a petition for his removal containing over 75,000 signatures.
Meanwhile dads are being routinely jailed for non-violent support violations without notice or concern from anyone. The discrimination is blatant as reflected by another post from our site: A woman judge, Jerri Collins, was reprimanded by Florida’s Supreme Court on August 26, 2016 for belittling a domestic violence victim and sending her to jail.
It occurred after the woman willfully failed to show up for her trial as the complainant and main witness, citing fear and anxiety among the excuses. The judge gave her a mere 3-day punishment, but after feminist protesters took aim at the “injustice” of such a harsh outcome, the woman was released.
The fact that an accused (man) is innocent until proven guilty, and despite his costly retention of counsel, witnesses and evidence in his defense, the complainant’s absence from court was a-okay if you follow Florida’s high court reasoning. They simply sacrificed law and justice for politics and self-aggrandizement.
Judge Collins was not belittling a domestic violence victim, she was upholding a man’s due process rights and preserving the integrity of our judicial system. Even the families of murder victims respect that integrity by showing up as complainants, witnesses and observers at the proceedings designed to determine guilt or innocence.
When a dad willfully, or even accidentally, fails to show up for a support violation proceeding, not just a trial but any scheduled appearance, he is immediately subject to an arrest warrant and incarceration. And the excuses don’t matter, whether it’s the fear of a biased judge, false allegations that are never held accountable or the lust for federal incentive funds.
Jail sentences are doled out at six months in New York State and as much as two years in South Carolina where Walter Scott was shot dead five times in the back unarmed by a traffic cop while fleeing a support warrant. Our government is now killing dads for money while overlooking the violence which all this is causing.
Recurring jail sentences lead to suicides, lost employment and targeting. The court reports are virtually unanimous for jail terms ordered against dads, thereby filling our prisons. This, in turn, creates jobs and construction projects which the “Kids for Cash” scandal exposed in Pennsylvania. There is an unwritten judicial policy which treats dads as preferred jail targets on the sexist presumption that they are tougher and can survive confinement more readily.
Now comes a case in which a Michigan dad lost his two year old son in 2017. A family judge transferred custody to a mother fraught with drug abuse and CPS reports leading to the death of an infant. That custody decision was made by family judge Rachel Rancilio over the objections of his attorney and the dire warnings of imminent harm. The judge merely defended her decision that such issues were in the past.
The father, Jonathan Vanderhagen, then embarked upon a social media campaign to expose this judge for both her fatal decision and callousness. The judge retaliated by claiming to be fearful of Vanderhagen’s criticisms but a sheriff department investigation concluded that no threats were made.
Nevertheless, on July 24, 2019, this dad and protester was taken to jail for alleged bond violations and malicious use of the internet. A half million dollar bond was required for his release and a jury trial is set for September 13, 2019.
In November, 2015, family judge Daniel King of Lowville, New York placed a gag order on this site, Leon Koziol.com under the guise of a protection order related to our exposure of a fraud by child attorney William Koslosky and “custodial parent” Kelly Hawse-Koziol, the mother of my two daughters.
Both the state appointed parent and attorney had submitted a purported Notice of Relocation of my children to the home of a childless millionaire named Joseph Flihan Jr. That notice contained the electronic address gmai.com (without the “l” character) as a purported satisfaction of a custody order requirement.
Daniel King was then exposed for his alcohol use with his children nearby at a bar to show an utter hypocrisy behind his finding of a “prohibited alcohol related gesture” (wedding toast) which he used to suspend my father-daughter contact. It came in a December 2, 2013 decision, three months after my testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, and it continues to the present day no matter that it is over five years “in the past.”
King denied my dismissal motions despite the vague and abusive terms of his gag order. It required me to obtain a show cause order against him in New York Supreme Court six months later.
That led King, without explanation, to cancel a trial set on the matter. He followed with a dismissal order on his own motion and removal of the gag order. Weeks later, he stepped down altogether, also without explanation. Because judges enjoy absolute immunity, I could get no liability, accountability or compensation for the loss of contact occurring under his judicial regime (King, replacement Judge James Eby and racist Utica city judge Gerald Popeo).
The criminalization and mass incarcerations of dads in this “dads for cash scandal” (I just made that up now, what do you think?) has reached epic proportions. It is today’s most ominous and suppressed public epidemic. We are now planning a march from the Oneida County Courthouse to Gerald Popeo’s city court in Utica, New York, a distance of only a quarter mile (seven city blocks) on September 26, 2019.
This comes after our successful Parent March on Washington this past May and removal of my state court precedent seeking case to federal court by the New York Attorney General last week. We need to grow the momentum here for the sake of veterans, parent victims and whistle blower protection.
Help us make parents great again by spreading the word, joining our crusade for justice and donating to this site. Contact us for more information at (315) 380-3420 (Parenting Rights Institute Office).
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
As promised, the Parent March on Washington has been memorialized on this Memorial Day Weekend with an inspiring video completed today. And it’s going viral beyond our wildest expectations.
It was produced by Philadelphia Attorney Lawrence DeMarco who dropped everything to attend our three-day event on May 1-3, 2019. An outstanding 15 minute production, there has never been anything like it in parent rights history.
If this does not motivate you to action, nothing will, not even the fees that you spend into bankruptcy trying to protect your children. Take as much time as you can now to make this video viral, do it for the sake of your own children and families, for the sake of suicide prevention, for the sake of future generations.
Our March lives on! Already I have addressed permit requirements with the New York State Police and Department of Transportation for our first follow-up regional march in upstate New York on October 3 and 4, 2019. A motorcade from Fort Drum to Utica, New York along State Route 12 will commemorate veterans lost to suicide and premature death as a result of a dysfunctional family court system.
On that evening we will feature the next round of expert speakers at a hotel conference room in Utica, New York. On Friday, October 4, 2019, we will march from the Oneida County Family Court a distance that is less than half of the one we completed in our nation’s capital. It will end at the Utica city courthouse where we will demand the removal or resignation of the following:
Syracuse Administrative Judge James Tormey
Watertown Supreme Court Judge James McClusky
Oswego County Family Judge James Eby
Lewis County Family Judge Daniel King
Utica City Judge Gerald Popeo
I am already recruiting the numbers locally to make this happen, and you need to do the same in your own communities based on the precedent we set in Washington. Like Operation Greylord in Chicago where nearly 100 judges, lawyers, clerks and deputies were arrested and convicted, family courts have become a corrupt institution as detailed in my report entitled Federal Funded Epidemic.
That report was distributed throughout Congress on May 2nd, and is now being submitted to school district superintendents throughout my congressional district as part of my ongoing lobby campaign. You need to do the same and join us to grow regional protests across the country.
System beneficiaries will continue to upstage our efforts, and you may think that your lone contribution will mean little, but it took a single dad who violated the law by bringing his daughter to a school in Topeka, Kansas which ended school segregation forever. Parent discrimination, alienation and family court corruption are harming our schools like never before. It’s time we ended it now!
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
On the heels of a highly successful Parent March on Washington and Congressional Lobby Initiative which I was able to put together in less than three months, I promised my followers a next step which I hope will ignite similar (regional) marches and protests across the country.
I am focused on a motorcade from Fort Drum in northern New York to Utica, New York with a protest seeking a removal of four judges in addition to Judge James McCluskey of Watertown, New York. I have a sufficient local following to make this happen but welcome all from around the country who want to keep our momentum going.
The motorcade is designed to draw attention to the veterans who have committed suicides as a result of family court abuses, see i.e. Purple Heart’s Final Beat, Second Class Citizen.Org. Fort Drum is among the largest military installations in the country charged with training and mobilization of all active services. In 1959, it was the site of Agent Orange experiments which later prevented healthy births for Vietnam veterans.
Fort Drum exists in New York’s Fifth Judicial District which has become a hotbed of judge misconduct. Corruption here is being ignored or glossed over by a state judicial commission dominated by lawyers. Over a 12-year period, all of my 30-plus complaints have failed to produce a single inquiry without explanation. Such vast inaction only encourages more misconduct.
Adding to the corruption, certain judges here are being allowed to retaliate against judicial whistle blowers. It is a shameless abuse of judicial office with my ordeal as a quintessential example. If they can do this to a prominent civil rights attorney and model parent, imagine what they will do to you.
For example, one of my custody judges, Gerald Popeo, was merely given a public censure by this commission in 2015 despite being found guilty of making racial slurs to an African-American attorney. He referred to a prosecutor as a “cigar store Indian,” threatened to come off the bench to assault a litigant for giving him a “smirk,” and he jailed men for contempt in violation of their due process rights. How much more misconduct is required for removal?
Because he was not removed, he managed to get assigned to my family court matters (as a city judge!). Among so many other abuses, he failed to provide a child support hearing transcript for appeal which showed a $45,500 fraud (2015 payment never credited to me by the state’s child support collection center). Instead, he issued a support warrant with a near fatal outcome after blaming me for that public censure at a local bar.
Now comes a judge who I sued last year for a continued abuse of my reform work as a judicial whistle blower. Judge James McClusky refused to give any jail time for a 26-year old bus driver who was found guilty of raping a 14-year old girl earlier this year. Over 70,000 signatures have already been obtained seeking his removal in only a few months.
McClusky’s boss, Administrative Judge James Tormey, heads the Fifth Judicial District, but he is playing politics with accountability that litigants rightfully demand. For example, his chief family court clerk recovered $600,000 against him (and my pedophile custody judge Bryan Hedges) in a civil rights case due to retaliation against her for refusing to engage in “political espionage,” see Morin v Tormey, 626 F.3d 40 (2nd Cir. 2010).
As victims, we need to join forces to bring accountability to this judicial district. We need to make an example here so that other regions of our country will do the same. We have reports delivered and discussed with members of Congress during our May 2nd Lobby Day which seek a federal investigation of human rights abuses in these courts. We must now make follow-up calls to those members before they sweep it aside like so many others on the subject.
There will be no conference call tonight after my efforts to unveil this “next step” was upstaged by a pair of “moles and trolls.” Those interruptions have been recorded and reported. In the meantime, I have been given a new access code with the same call number. Just contact me for that code if you wish to participate in our continuing reform effort. You can call the Parenting Rights Institute at (315) 380-3420 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, after taking a $5,000 loss on a March and Lobby event valued in excess of $50,000 (if sponsored by a special interest), I continue to seek donations and product purchases on my website, http://www.leonkoziol. com. That site will continue to serve as an information source. Please spread the word.