Judicial Whistleblower Exposes Corruption in Public Release

PARENTING RIGHTS INSTITUTE

The alarming video above is unprecedented. It exposes corruption in New York’s court system while addressing the need for overdue reform nationwide. It is being submitted to media and key government officials to demand accountability especially in our divorce and family courts where innocent children and unrepresented parties are most impacted.

The whistleblower here, Dr. Leon Koziol, exposes the abuse of federal funds and human rights in these courts based on more than two decades of litigation experience as a trial attorney and twenty years as an aggrieved parent. You can get a free insight on his book, Whistleblower in Paris, at the book’s website http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com.

Help us publicize this video so that reform may finally become a reality.

Censored: Who is Alec Baldwin to compare Governor DeSantis to cult leader Jim Jones after his 2008 suicide disclosures?

Dr. Leon Koziol (fully vaccinated by choice)

Parenting Rights Institute

NOTE:

This post, first published yesterday, September 14, 2021, was derailed from its normal track on this website and Facebook, thereby denying the public access to vital information that is central to our First Amendment value system. American military sacrifice daily for these rights but Big Tech, Big Pharma and now Big Family are trampling all over them to transform our society into a socialist one. You see the proof everywhere in the way of retail establishments closed due to a lack of staffing.

For this reason we are re-publishing this post with the hope that you will help defend our rights on the domestic front by making it viral. Our site, http://www.leonkoziol.com, has been the target of various government entities offended by publications that accurately expose public corruption. Such censorship includes a family court gag order disguised as a protection order which was removed after a challenge in New York Supreme Court in 2016. At one time, we received thousands of shares or likes on various posts. Today we are lucky to get a few.

Censorship? Fear of identification, association or retaliation? Whatever the explanation, it is entirely un-American and typical of the regimes we confront overseas. We do not expect agreement with all our reports or opinions but excluding certain ones is nothing more than an attempt to conform us all to a single thought or way of life. The number who seriously misunderstand free speech and press is staggering. But rest assured, our postings do not coddle hypocrites who exploit their fame to influence public discourse with wild, reckless and highly disparaging analogies. This is one such example:

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Hollywood headlines today in Breitbart and other news outlets featured Alec Baldwin comparing Florida governor Ron DeSantis to cult leader Jim Jones who caused over 900 suicides among his followers in a South America commune 40 years ago. The radical liberal actor was making the radical comparison of face mask freedoms to suicide by those who fail to comply with federal Covid-19 mandates.

This bizarre comparison was obviously designed for shock effect and not genuine public safety given the actor’s periodic aspirations for public office. But it is seriously infected with grave hypocrisy after the actor’s suicide revelations in his 2008 book, A Promise to Ourselves. At page 183, he itemizes such things as a hike deep into the woods to shoot himself, overdosing at a bed and breakfast, and daily thoughts of jumping out his apartment window in Manhattan.

It was all headline news back then after a vulgar answering machine message was made public during a contentious divorce with Kim Basinger. Baldwin’s book was intended to influence a reform of our divorce courts which caused parental alienation and phone messages such as this one. But the actor’s suicide disclosures stole the media hype, taking the focus away from the book’s main objective.

I attended Alec’s book-signing in New York and was pleased to add our group to his cause, but he exited the movement as quickly as he entered the fray, no doubt to avoid further damage to his acting career caused by his status as a controversial whistleblower. Unfortunately in doing so, he crushed the hopes he created among countless other victims.

Suicide choices may have been Baldwin’s right in reaction to a contentious divorce. But that right has no place in a discussion over vaccination choices. And it cannot be excused simply because a famous actor chooses a different one from fellow citizens. How many other divorce victims have been moved to consider suicide based on this actor’s book disclosures? And can we then make the comparison of Alec Baldwin’s influences to that of Jim Jones?

Needless parental alienations and the suicides they cause formed an impetus for my own (newly released) book on divorce court corruption titled, Whistleblower in Paris. Alec Baldwin’s time would be better spent promoting this book especially after he orphaned fellow divorce reformists years ago. Get a free insight on that reform at http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com. And here is the relevant excerpt from Alec Baldwin’s book, reprinted at page 21 of my book:

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Silent Epidemic of Our Time Exposed in Highly Censored Book, Whistleblower in Paris

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Distinguished author, former trial attorney and parental rights advocate

Crucial Note: My book, Whistleblower in Paris, has been available on major bookseller sites for only three weeks, and already it is being targeted and censored. Suddenly standard e-mails of my postings to longtime followers are being sent to “spam” and otherwise re-routed to obscure locations.

The good news is that this should send the powerful message that this publication effectively exposes divorce and family court corruption at the expense of service providers, bar associations and special interests. As far as the court predators are concerned, it is a book that must be erased along with the countless moms and dads subjected to parental alienation. This is all the more reason to order a copy. Help defend our First Amendment rights by sharing it.

Here is my response in a new Home Page to be published this week on the book’s website, http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com.

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It is the silent epidemic of our time, the growing number of manufactured controversies in divorce and family courts. Collectively these controversies are undermining our productivity, health care, moral fiber, and human rights as a nation. This book, the first of its kind, explains how this is happening, how it is impacting you even if you never set foot in any court.   

Based on a true story, it features a conscientious attorney who took a stand against his profession to expose this epidemic. Over time, that made him an involuntary whistleblower of corruption resulting in unconscionable retributions from a calculating group of judges and lawyers, those charged with the highest duty of safeguarding our rights of free speech and self-governance.

Those retributions included the transformation of an uncontested divorce into a contentious one, the destruction of father-daughter relationships through parental alienation, the suspension of law and driver licenses needed to satisfy support obligations, seizure of accounts and a stellar record needed for self-employment, and the violation of human rights that led to a near death climax in 2020. Treated together, the persecution constituted an unprecedented abuse of public office.

As citizens of a free world nation, we associate such retributions with those executed by tyrannical regimes. But when a gold mine is being threatened, a different kind of regime emerges, one whose mission is to safeguard the easy flow of fees and court revenues. This book puts a face on such a regime which ultimately forced the author to seek asylum in Paris.

You may not have heard much about this epidemic because it is being suppressed by service providers, bar associations, drug companies and other beneficiaries. But like so many instances of concealed misconduct, it takes a qualified whistleblower to expose it so that, even with a lack of proper oversight, the victims might have a fighting chance of protecting themselves.

More than ever, the public is being duped into believing that government is acting in the best interests of our children when it adjudicates disputes. However countless victims discover all too late how a fraud is being practiced in courts and offices across the country leading to bankruptcy, suicide, homicide, domestic violence, and utter devastation to co-parenting families.

To reach the largest audience, and compel a federal investigation, the author takes you through the experiences of a mom and dad who meet in Paris as pending fugitives. After educating the reader to a human rights crisis in early chapters, a metamorphosis follows when the two victims make a run for it in the French Riviera. Lively exchanges, intrigue and romance are then added to keep the reader glued to a challenging voyage for justice.

Welcome aboard.  

With economic crisis looming, contentious parents continue to pay into a lucrative shark tank known as family court

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

As many followers know, I have just released my latest book on the subject of divorce and family court corruption with sales growing by the hour. After more than ten years of whistleblowing, reform efforts and highly informative posts at http://www.leonkoziol.com, countless parents still prefer court battles over cooperation, mediation and common sense.

My book, Whistleblower in Paris, was therefore published after extensive supporting research and case studies to counter this dangerous trend. It provides a valuable overview of the court process with ways and reasons to avoid court costs. Creative metaphors are employed as a wake-up call for a better outcome, bringing to mind one caller who stated that he could not afford our educational DVD or book on this site only to advise hours later of $10,000 he had for any lawyer referral I could provide.

Here is one such metaphor from an excerpt of my book to alert you to the realities you face in these courts with or without a lawyer referral (chapter 10 entitled “Shark Attack” at pg. 147):

These were not courts of law, they were shark tanks. Wherever family issues could be concocted, there you’d see the feeding frenzy. In all my years on both sides of this tank I could never understand how so many intelligent parents could plunge headlong into these unholy waters only to fall victim over and over again. Even my reform allies continued to pay into this system.

They were the mammals of Seal Island waddling into the treacherous waters off South Africa, endeavoring to cross False Bay only to be scarfed up by great whites. But these court predators were nothing like the impressive sharks, they were more like the mangy buzzards of a dried-up swamp plucking away at a carcass known as divorce.

Such were the ugly thoughts cast to the wind behind me as I passed gas along with it while racing to a destiny I could never have imagined when passing my bar exam so many years ago. And I suppose that’s what made this whole ordeal so exciting in a sick sort of way. I could not envision where the next turn on my fateful journey might take me. Only months ago I was being threatened with contempt in snow country. Today I was riding aimlessly in a tropical paradise.

For your autographed paperback version of this book, make a $30 contribution on this site. Proceeds go toward reform efforts. Your card address will automatically appear for a mailing address and receipt within five days. Orders, including e-books from the publisher, Author House, can be made through its on-line store. Books can also be obtained at any Barnes and Noble store or Amazon on-line. A book website, http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com is also available for more information regarding this first-of-its kind publication.

Attorney whistleblower book now available at Barnes and Noble, Author House, Amazon and other global sites


Book cover featuring author Leon Koziol in Paris during his escape to freedom after being persecuted for exposing court corruption in the states. Now head of a citizen commission in New York, this undeterred human rights advocate and former trial attorney seeks to expose more corruption while elevating judicial reform efforts

Global publisher, Author House, has announced its latest book release, Whistleblower in Paris, by Leon R. Koziol. An extraordinary read, this literary work chronicles the intriguing story of an attorney whistleblower forced to seek protection in Paris after years of persecution that nearly cost him his life.

Ideal for anyone who wants to get a behind-the-scenes look at corruption in the judiciary, it can save unsuspecting litigants many thousands of dollars in lawyer fees and court costs. Book sales are growing at various bookseller sites that offer hard copies, soft cover and e-books at low costs. Proceeds will go toward reform efforts.

Spread the word to someone you love or want to protect.

Citizen Commission Seeks to Reopen Moreland Corruption Hearings After Cuomo Resignation

NEWS RELEASE

August 10, 2021

Contact: Leon Koziol

President, Citizen Commission Against Corruption

(315) 796-4000

A nonprofit commission is asking New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to reopen hearings of the 2013 Moreland Commission on Public Corruption so that a broader level of whistleblower complaints can be obtained regarding the operation of state government. This comes on the heels of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announced resignation today.

The Citizen Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) explained that this request is timely, even “long overdue,” given the governor’s decision to postpone his exit from public office by two weeks and the corruption which has gained momentum since 2013. The Commission also quoted from its mission statement to directors on July 4, 2021 to justify its request:

This (Moreland) commission was created by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to address a “culture of corruption in Albany.” However, when testimony began to implicate the governor himself, his commission was prematurely dissolved with no prosecutions by a publicly financed and politically appointed panel of experts and law enforcement.

Some of the Moreland panelists are still in office and engaged in current investigations. The 2013 closure incited one of the hearing speakers, federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, to seize commission files resulting in the convictions of the leaders of both houses of the legislature and a top Cuomo aide. The governor managed to evade similar liability but as fate would have it, he would later be subjected to multiple investigations for sexual harassment, family favoritism, abuse of state resources for book profits and falsified nursing home reports.

Leon Koziol, was one of those selected to testify at the first Moreland hearing at Pace University while countless others were left on the streets to protest their exclusion. A model parent and former civil rights attorney, Mr. Koziol suffered horrific retributions after helping to expose judicial misconduct. It included his pedophile custody judge, Bryan Hedges, and his replacement custody judge, Michael Hanuszczak, for sexual harassment of his court clerks. Both were forced to resign.

After 23 years of unblemished practice, Mr. Koziol’s near death experience in 2020, and his unyielding search for justice, have proven that there is no legal protection for lawyers who expose corruption in our third branch of government. His ordeal was published this month in bookseller sites across the country. Titled Whistleblower in Paris, this timely literary work has already earned a French promotional translation by Amazon.

Moreland Commission testimony can be found at https://publiccorruption.moreland.ny.gov/


[1]   Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, The New York Legislative Process: An

    Analysis and Blueprint for reform (2004); Still Broken: New York State Legislative Reform (2008)

[2]  Robert Gavin, Oversight lawyers quit amid inquiry, (Albany) Times Union, July 10, 2013

Government Accountability is a Fraud: Why should the people honor laws that lawmakers flaunt?

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Is there any shame these days to the widespread misconduct of public officials? Is there any accountability for those who flaunt the law with impunity? We’re not talking about isolated indiscretions, but serious misconduct undetected for years, even decades. Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, Congressman Anthony Weiner, Wall Street regulator Bernie Madoff, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and ex-California Congressman Duncan Hunter constitute a small list of disgraced officials who brazenly advanced themselves at public expense, a joint hypocrisy of epic proportion.

And now, topping this list, we find Andrew Cuomo engaged in a flurry of news releases to deflect from his growing scandals. From a sudden legalization of recreational marijuana to the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions, the current governor of New York is relying on an electorate that quickly forgets. This long abused practice flies in the face of government misconduct that should be held accountable to avert the lawlessness it incites elsewhere. The public message here is that if you bend the rules, by the time anyone catches up with it, a lavish life has already been fulfilled.

Yes, crime pays, and the message continues to be that the people served are idiots for honoring laws that apply differently to separated classes. Those in power abuse their authority to achieve a higher standard while those who make it all possible are remanded to a life of poverty, incarceration, suicide and meager employment. To maintain the upper class, various programs are announced to make it appear that these lawless politicians truly care about the rest of us struggling to make sense of our reality as a two class society. Any middle existence is an illusion of escalating proportion particularly with the impacts of the current pandemic.

On Constitution Day, 2013, I testified at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, to warn of our current realities. This was yet another window dressing entity designed to fool the public into believing that there will be accountability for a “culture of corruption in Albany.” But the same governor who created this commission with great fanfare acted just as quickly to dissolve it when growing testimony implicated officials close to Cuomo himself. Not to be duped, one of those testimonials came from a federal prosecutor who seized commission files resulting in the convictions of both leaders of the state legislature and a top Cuomo aid.

For my part, as a qualified whistleblower in our third branch of government, I exposed a family court epidemic that was causing vast separations between parents and their children. How ironic and hypocritical it is today that much more attention is being given to criminals and illegals at our southern border. Is this equal justice for our tax paying citizenry or the promotion of corporate profits dependent on cheap labor, drug addictions and false advertising?

In my reports to Congress and Justice Department I explained how Title IV-D funding was creating a biased judiciary rewarded by the size and number of child support orders doled out in our nation’s domestic relations courts. Put another way, federal funding was being incentivized by the number of “custodial parents” needlessly manufactured to incite lucrative conflict in the so-called “best interests” of our children.

In support of a federal investigation, I even cited proof in my own case featuring over 40 trial level jurists removed over a twelve year period in a maliciously protracted divorce that caused irreversible parental alienation. This was anything but a process for advancing the best interests of my two precious daughters. And in the end, like most whistleblowers, I suffered severe retaliation to suppress judicial accountability. Attacked as the messenger of overdue reforms, I was targeted by these same jurists and their ethics agents. By destroying my credibility, the gold mine of service fees and federal money was further preserved.

That targeting was successful largely because the public is further duped to believe that judges are “beyond reproach” as members of that arbitrarily created elite class. Such argument was used by lawyers to attack my motions for removal of biased judges from my support and custody cases in Syracuse, New York. That was before some of them were removed from the family court bench for misconduct that was made public. They include Judge Bryan Hedges permanently banned from judicial office by New York’s high court for sexual misconduct on his handicapped, five year old niece and more recently, Judge Michael Hanuszczak, exposed for sexual harassment of female court clerks.

The growing number of judicial scandals should have all of us very concerned because this is where we expect justice to be dispensed. Examples cited in my reports include Brooklyn Judge Gerald Garson sent to federal prison after being convicted of seeking a bribe in favor of a father in a custody case, and Albany Judge Thomas Spargo for seeking a bribe in favor of a mother in a divorce case against a father-attorney.

Such judicial misconduct is nationwide in scope as demonstrated by the “Kids for Cash” scandal which landed two Pennsylvania judges in prison, and Michigan Judge Wade McCree who impregnated a mother while presiding over her child support case. The victimized father was unable to secure justice or compensation in federal court due to judicial immunity, sending the message that adultery in chambers is a protected judicial act.

Unfortunately my expert reports, lobbying excursions, and peacefully led marches in Washington yielded no reforms. Instead I was rewarded with human rights violations, indefinite suspension of licensing “privileges,” and near death experiences. Such are the consequences for whistleblowers in countries led by ruthless dictators, not one that professes democracy and social Justice. Yet those remain the consequences here in America for a civil rights attorney whose greatest crime was to seek more parenting time with his children and to expose corruption by self-jurists and politicians. My ordeal is now a looming documentary published in a recent book, Satan’s Docket.

This is not a “lone wolf” project but a representative undertaking for a disjointed mass of aggrieved parents from across the country hoping to achieve resurrection from their suffering at the hands of evil beings. It is not the message I was hoping to present on Easter Sunday 2021, but we can either join to achieve a better society or we can continue to surrender to one that is becoming more godless by the day.

Please help spread this vital message to overcome censorship of this public service blog site, Leon Koziol.com. You can reach us for comment and support by calling our office at Parenting Rights Institute at (315) 380-3420 or me directly at (315) 796-4000, e-mail at leonkoziol@gmail.com. Stay tuned for an eye-opening post coming soon on the subject of parental alienation which caused two girls to avoid all contact with their hospitalized dad this past Christmas holiday.

HAPPY EASTER TO ALL !

Dad Jailed for Criticizing Judge Who Ignored Concerns

Read Story and Watch Video Here:

https://www.wxyz.com/news/region/macomb-county/grieving-dad-jailed-for-repeatedly-criticizing-court-system-in-macomb-county

Shocking New Book on Family Court Corruption Now Available: Satan’s Docket

 

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Today we are introducing the new Parenting Rights Institute website and its feature book release, Satan’s Docket: Corruption and Carnage in America’s Divorce Industry. Nine months in the works and based on thirty years of litigation experience, this book takes you through the horrific ten year ordeal of judicial whistleblower, Dr. Leon Koziol, which forced him to seek international protection in Paris.

However this book is much more. It can be considered a crash course in divorce or family court, your education to an epidemic that is harming our children, families, schools, workplaces and health as a nation. It was a herculean project, years in the research and writing phase with a 108,000 word manuscript completed only last month.

At present this book is the hands of a major publisher with a possible release date early next year. In the meantime it has generated inquiries from a documentary producer and will hopefully lead to an overdue investigation by Congress or the Justice Department into the federal funding abuses in our state domestic relations courts. We will keep you posted on that objective.

While all this was in progress, so were the many family judge elections across the country which promise to expand this epidemic and bring even more harm to future generations. One such election in Oneida County, New York sparked the early release of this uncensored version of Satan’s Docket. Its author resides in that county and became troubled by the lack of vital discourse on the real issues in these courts. In coming weeks, he hopes to change all that through this unprecedented literary work.

Satan’s Docket was authored in an extraordinary way given the difficulty of attracting interest to such a stressful and complex subject. It was a lesson learned from Alec Baldwin and his 2009 book release, A Promise to Ourselves. That memoir failed to achieve its highly anticipated book sales. Indeed mainstream media was most focused on excerpts relating to his suicide attempts during an incendiary divorce with actress Kim Basinger. Dr. Koziol was invited to Alec’s book signing in Manhattan and shared his ordeal with Baldwin’s agent at Creative Artists in California. More recently, crucial advice was obtained from best selling authors at the Whistleblower Summit and Conference this past summer in Washington D.C.

The title, Satan’s Docket, was a risky selection but has gained wide support. It was proven ironically to be a well selected title after discovering Bradley Birkenfeld’s recent book release at the Summit entitled, Lucifer’s Bank. Mr. Birkenfeld was a whistleblower of the Swiss bank industry who suffered retaliation by a jail sentence of 30 months for tax evasion. On his release he recovered a record $104 million under the new IRS Whistleblower Protection Act. Another new book release at this Summit featured a woman lawyer disbarred for exposing court corruption in New Hampshire. Her book is titled, The Dark Side.

So it would appear that Satan’s Docket is right on target. It was also inspired by former New York Senate Leader Joseph Bruno, whose memoir, Keep Swinging,  was released in November, 2016. Dr. Koziol’s book features two equal length halves. Part One is the Corruption segment of his subtitle. It is the macro part which describes a divorce and family court epidemic nationwide. Part Two is the Carnage half which focuses on his personal ordeal. In order to keep a broad section of readers glued to this book, a collection of shocking stories from around the country is spiced with romance, humor and horror in places ranging from Hawaii to Paris. It is a book well worth reading at a nominal cost that can save you college tuition and untold lawyer fees. It may be the best investment you will make in years.

Please share this post with as many parents, bloggers, media representatives and court victims that you can.

How can you hold your judge or lawyer accountable for misconduct?

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A picture tells a thousand words in divorce and family court

By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Judicial misconduct is the most censored, least publicized and gravest aspect of our federal, state and local governments. You can simply ignore it and move to your next on-line entertainment, but chances are it will find you especially in our nation’s domestic relations courts. So read on and share this post. It may be the most important one you will read in a long time.

The judiciary is our least accountable branch of government. Anyone who dares to reform it can expect severe retributions with no recourse. Judges enjoy absolute immunity for their reckless and even malicious acts. Judicial conduct commissions from New York to California are window dressing entities influenced by politics, typically investigating less than 10% of complaints.

So what does that mean to you? How do you know if your case is not already fixed, rigged or bought-off? You’re spending thousands, even millions of dollars in lawyer fees while your judge has already decided against you due to a bribe or political influence. Are you shocked by that, naive about the people in robes? Well here at Leon Koziol.com and Parenting Rights Institute, we have generated shocking examples of judicial and lawyer misconduct from our work all across America.

We are an up and coming “Judicial Watch” for divorce and family courts, doing the work where our oversight commissions are failing us. Currently we are soliciting investors and donors to upgrade our effectiveness. We will come into your community, home or court to monitor your case and seek accountability for any misconduct. As Director of Parenting Rights Institute with nearly 30 years of trial experience in both federal and state courts, I am dedicated to exposing corruption. It may be the only way you can secure true justice and turn things around.

We offer a Court Strategy Program to keep you from being abused and a team of experts prepared to expose corruption in your case if it exists. It is well worth your while, for the sake of your children if nothing else, to look us up at www.parentingrightsinstitute.com or call our office at (315) 380-3420. Then take a look at this shocking excerpt of misconduct from a book I am completing:

Examples of court corruption are provided throughout my work for victims nationwide. Many are quietly suppressed and “read like a docket sheet in any criminal court.” That is what I declared publicly time and again. Yet the public continues to hold judges beyond reproach. The fallacy of that belief was well demonstrated by my custody judge who was also declared by lawyers as  “beyond reproach,” at least until he was removed from the bench after admitting to sexual misconduct on his handicapped five year old niece: In re Bryan Hedges, 20 NY3d 677 (2013).

One of the shocking cases cited to make my point, and the need for meaningful accountability, involves a New York Supreme Court Judge in Brooklyn caught on camera taking a bribe from a divorce lawyer. It was part of a scam to shift custody from a mother to an influential father. Had the feisty mother not convinced the FBI to act upon her evidence, this judge, Gerald Garson, would still be dispensing “justice.” It begs the question: how many other such judges and cases are there? What can explain Tamara’s bizarre case? We let you decide as our story continues.

The conviction of Judge Garson for federal crimes was actually not the most shocking part of his case. Due punishment was compromised by judges and lawyer colleagues supporting his early release in 2009. Now you have to ponder that for a moment. If Garson’s colleagues are still backing him after a crime which goes to the heart of our justice system, what does that say for their tolerance of corruption generally? Isn’t this where precedent is set and examples are made?

While the “Honorable” “Justice” Gerald Garson was busy generating unreported income through an abuse of judicial office, another New York Supreme Court Judge, Thomas Spargo, was busy securing a bribe against a father arguing a client case before him. At a dinner conversation, he requested $10,000 to help defray the cost of legal fees needed to defend against judicial misconduct charges pending against him at the time.

Like Judge Garson, you have to ponder that as well. Judge Spargo was already being prosecuted for judicial misconduct and resorted to more serious behavior to get out of it. He referenced this lawyer’s own divorce which might be transferred to him. The pressure was not uncomplicated. Play ball or else. I suppose the lawyer could have won his divorce for a nominal “fee” to this judge when compared to a contested case. He was placed in a real quandary, deciding ultimately to report the crime only after taking steps to avoid false claims that could cost his law license.

Chief Justice Sol Wachtler of New York’s high court was imprisoned for numerous crimes during the nineties. In his book, After the Madness, he explained that judges are made to believe that they are gods. Such deep rooted convictions do not disappear. Judge Wachtler went so far as to direct paid court staff to dig up grounds for preventing licensure of a New Jersey lawyer assisting the judge’s mistress to discover a man making extortionist and kidnapping threats involving her daughter. That elusive man turned out to be the judge himself.

Then there’s that family court judge in the state of Michigan, the “Honorable” Wade McCree, whose case defied all manner of ethics. He admitted to adulterous sex in chambers with a litigant mother while presiding over her child support case. Judge McCree was removed from the bench for all sorts of misconduct involving numerous cases only after the affair (and pregnancy) was confirmed. The father, placed on a tether for support arrears during this affair was denied recovery for the horrific misconduct by a federal appeals court on grounds of judge immunity.

These and other cases are easily found on the internet to verify a judicial corruption epidemic of undefined proportion. Most people view judges as honorable office holders committed to justice, equality and all that other good stuff we read about in high school civics classes. But behind the black robes, in the recesses of chambers and among discreet exchanges in restaurants, bars and golf courses, there is often quite another set of characteristics at play.

Bias, coercion, schemes, scams, deal-making and outright crimes are taking place which violate all manner of ethics formally placed in our judicial codes. In our nation’s domestic relations courts, such corruption is taken to the next level under a pretext of family confidentiality, thereby concealing the misconduct and protecting a trillion dollar industry built on needless conflict.