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.

Supreme Court Wife: A Wedding to Die For!

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Hall of Springs at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Administrator’s Note:

If you are a follower of Leon Koziol.com, you know that a book is being authored in connection with  Leon’s ordeal in family court. Set to be published this year, it will include retributions for his reform efforts and reports of judicial misconduct now headed for the Justice Department. Today we take you back to where this all got started. It is a book excerpt that should captivate you.

A Wedding To Die For

By Dr. Leon R. Koziol

It was only days after my return from our honeymoon when the wife of a state Supreme Court Justice approached me at a local restaurant to render a ruling of sorts.

“Now that was a wedding to die for!”

She was referring to an all day affair culminating at the Saratoga Hall of Springs in upstate New York. A cathedral style ceremony, outdoor brunch, stretch limos, horse drawn carriage, elegant reception, and two weeks in Europe, I planned it for my children to cherish one day. And so it happened. Two precious girls came of this wedding, enough to justify every expense. None was spared.

You see, I was locked on tradition at the time, detesting the sort of “anything goes” culture we live in today. A woman is still a lady, one to be romanced over a lifetime, and although our marriage lasted only a few years, there was no reason we could not have kept our mutual admiration intact, for the sake of our daughters if nothing else.

But for that to occur, shared parenting was a must, something that could not be negotiated, coerced away or sold to a childless substitute. Unfortunately this was New York where the laws are still geared to lucrative custody contests. With ignorance and lack of conscience, the woman I married fell for everything when court corruption, gutter politics, and self serving lawyers got hold of her.

We separated amicably, getting along much better during that period than we did before and afterward. But an uncontested divorce turned into chaos the day I announced a run for Congress. The judge’s wife could not have imagined what would follow this wedding. Five years later, her husband would recommend me for a judgeship, and one year after that, he would organize my campaign committee in retirement for another public office.

Unfortunately as a candidate in the judicial district where my family issues were being litigated, and as a growing critic of the abuses which were occurring, I became a target of retribution. The goal was to discredit my complaints and reform efforts even if it meant using my own children in the process. My ordeal came to read like a John Grisham novel, and it bore striking resemblances to the abuses once faced by Dr. Martin Luther King.

It started when my application to move my case to another district was denied by a judge from my opponent’s political party. This egregious error was proven by more than 30 trial judges assigned to my family court deliberations over the next eight years with half of them  stepping down of their own accord including the retired judge’s own son.

That something like this could even occur in a civilized court system is beyond comprehension but the damage to my children, career and support capabilities was irrevocable. Even worse, the mother was exploited to entice all sorts of false petitions to kill the messenger of reform notwithstanding my 23 unblemished years as a civil rights attorney.

A tremendous scorn on her part aggravated this harm particularly when a second marriage was being planned. If she could not have me, no one else would, not even our children. She easily spent tens of thousands of dollars in her spiteful quest and gained nothing near what she could have for our children had she simply agreed to shared parenting. I live a solitary life now helping others avoid the pitfalls of divorce and family court.

We expect qualified judges to pick up on scorn and court abuses when they rear their heads as brazenly as they did here. It left me with no choice but to defend myself from any order which comes from a corrupted family judge in Lowville, New York named Dan King. These book excerpts help establish a public record to avert tragedies such as the Walter Scott murder while promoting long overdue reform.

This wedding was in its earliest stages when I was just a boy watching Walt Disney do his magic. It really paid off as you may verify yourself by viewing the videos which follow. Everything from the weather to our dessert table fireworks was about as perfect as one could expect. The feature dance had a surprise ending, and after all the lessons we took, it’s the only time we got it right. They say a picture tells a thousand words. This one tells a whole lot more.

Readers’ Note: Leon is offering professional services to those who may wish to publish their own court ordeals. Call us for details and cost estimates at (315) 380-3420 (office) or (315) 796-4000 (direct).

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Additional information from the Oswego County Peeled Onion:

http://oswegocountypeeledonion.blogspot.com/2015/04/judge-king-is-just-too.html

http://oswegocountypeeledonion.blogspot.com/2015/04/stay-in-lewis-county-judge-king.html

Billions in Child Support Going to Lawyers and Bureaucrats

 

Public Apathy and Lack of Accountability in Family Court are Damaging Our Children

By Dr. Leon R. Koziol

While federal and state prosecutors focus on high profile politicians for public accountability, our third branch of government remains self regulated and largely overlooked. As a result, parents, children and extended families are being fleeced by lawyers and third party beneficiaries every day to unconscionable levels. It’s all part of a lucrative child control industry.

Consider the recent custody case reported by the New York Post involving Dr. Eric Braverman, a highly committed father and respected neuro-surgeon in Manhattan who spent more than $4.5 million in an unsuccessful attempt to retain a meaningful relationship with his children. A judge-appointed attorney for those same children went to horrendous lengths to pervert this man’s efforts with fees approximating a half million dollars.

Now come on folks, let’s not lose sight of sanity here! How can one lawyer acting on behalf of immature and unsuspecting children be worth so much on a single case? Was this lawyer truly committed to “client” interests or was he seeking to justify his gigantic personal pay-out for a dubious role in a sensitive matter?

More disturbing, while this lawyer was busy racking up billable hours in his agenda against the father, those fees were being exacted from the same children’s college funds. Once again, it all goes back to our earlier posts warning followers of Leon Koziol.com that no amount of fees is enough once you enter divorce and family court. We even offer a program to convince would-be victims to choose mediation, counseling and alternative resolutions.

Compounding this uncontrolled greed is the lawyer glut entering the market. There are more than 1.25 million licensed attorneys in the United States today with about  300,000 in California alone and at least that many seeking a law school education each year. These people have to work somewhere and the bureaucrats are making room for them in family court. This is where apprentices typically learn their trade and marginal lawyers can concoct litigation to last an entire career.

The public is generally unaware that our federal government rewards the states by the number and magnitude of support awards generated in their family courts. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conclude that such incentive grants make the decision makers inherently biased against fathers. Support obligations are artificially hiked through such judge-created fictions as imputed income. Fathers comprise 82% of support debtors per our Census Bureau.

To give an appearance of ethics, many states impose rules which prohibit lawyers from executing contingent fee arrangements in domestic relations cases. However, exceptions have been crafted which allow them for support collection purposes. This gets very interesting when you look deeper into the deceptions and the greed.

Think of it! A lawyer can now charge thousands of dollars in up front fees and billable hours during protracted litigation and then double dip on the back side by getting a third of the actual support intended for the children. The state typically gets all the interest generated off these awards in addition to a custodial fee and the federal incentive money.

In New York, the tax department is assigned support enforcement authority. In effect the state is intervening with all its machinery on the side of the so-called “custodial parent” while no similar powers are offered to the lower class parent to remedy child access deprivations. It prompted one state Supreme Court justice to question the state’s involvement in a private debt between self sufficient parents.

If you’re a debtor, you could be charged with your lawyer’s fees, the children’s lawyer, opposing fees, the contingency collection fee and court costs such as counseling, supervision and “parent education” as they call it. In countless cases, particularly those involving veterans and minorities, the debtor fathers will never be able to complete their servitude, landing them in debtor prisons. This will only add to our tax burdens and a dubious distinction as the most imprisoned population in the “free” world.

This kind of piling-on caused one police investigator to commit a murder-suicide, leaving three children without parents and city taxpayers with a $2 million liability. Nowhere in the civil rights case will you read about this father leaving support court living on $28 per week, see Pearce v Longo, 766 F. Supp. 2d 367. It begs the question: what would make a law man resort to such extremes after following the “proper” channels?

We’ve been doing our best to inform you of these alarming developments because the media is ignoring this crisis. But we cannot continue to do so without your financial support in a war against a trillion dollar industry. Public apathy has allowed this to happen along with the lawyer greed shockingly rationalized to be in our children’s best interests. It is a gold mine of unparalleled proportion that is causing so many of our social ills today. And who pays for that?

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Petition to Congress: Family Court Corruption and to Abolish Title IV-D Funding from States to have incentives to illegally courtnap children, CPS corruption, judicial corruption

http://www.petition2congress.com/10413/family-court-corruption-to-abolish-title-iv-d-funding-from-states/