Custody Battle Led to Deadly California Salon Shooting

Custody mayhem in California could have been avoided by reform litigation being pursued by parental rights advocate Leon Koziol, J.D. 

Regrettably, the kind of violence evidenced by this incident could have been prevented through the efforts of parental rights advocate Leon Koziol, J.D., and his test cases currently being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court and federal appeals court in New York City. This latest incident as predicted, was described in a post on his website www.leonkoziol.com only several days ago, appearing on October 10, 2011.

In a very ironic and timely twist on this, Mr. Koziol’s case will be conferenced by the Justices of the United States Supreme Court tomorrow, October 14, 2011, for a possible precedent setting decision. On the other case in New York City, the United States Justice Department, New York Attorney General and defense firms, have secured extension for their briefs and arguments.

For a fuller description of Mr. Koziol’s efforts to reform laws that harm parent-child relationships, please visit: www.leonkoziol.com. Leon Koziol is available for commentary regarding this current news story and pending litigation. He can be reached at (315) 796-4000. We are also asking our regular followers to please share this story with regional and national media connections.

As stated in previous posts, resources have dwindled to nothing in connection with our current cases. We are therefore seeking contributions from all concerned. Such cases would cost individual litigants or groups hundreds of thousands in competent fees and litigation expense. It is therefore crucial for all of our supporters to join us in this effort. A pay pal account has been set up to accept your donation. No matter how great or small it may be, every amount helps. Please consider this using the method provided below or by mail to: Parenting Rights Institute; 1518 Genesee Street; Utica, New York 13502. Once again, we would like to thank all of you for your help.

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Fed Up With Parenting Abuse? Join Our Federal Court Action Today!

FED  UP  WITH  PARENTING  ABUSE  IN  OUR  COURTS?  JOIN OUR FEDERAL  TEST  CASE  TODAY!

You can persist in the costly court battles, type away on your keyboards, and complain endlessly about a dysfunctional divorce, custody and support process in our state courts. You can also protest in the streets, burn yourself alive like Thomas Ball did, or take the law into your own hands as so many victims are doing today. Maybe even, you will take up a fledgling cause brewing among our followers known as “Occupy The Family Court” patterned off of the Wall Street protests. Or, you can join a federal lawsuit working its way to the Supreme Court known as Parent v State. This case is on track for setting precedent against abusive court processes which impair our fundamental rights of parenting.

You probably did not know such a right or lawsuit even existed. This is because, like the Thomas Ball incident, it is being suppressed by a multi-billion dollar child control industry. Whenever you enter a Family Court, Probate Court or divorce court with children at issue, the state takes virtual control of every aspect of a right which our Supreme Court has consistently described as the “oldest liberty interest” protected by the American Constitution. However, the same court has never established a constitutional limit to these state invasions of family privacy unlike other areas such as abortion and gun control. The time is long overdue for such a limit so that your liberties in childrearing and our family values as a nation may be enhanced.

The Parenting Rights Institute has been promoting this federal lawsuit brought by constitutional rights advocate, Leon R. Koziol, J.D. Filed in United States District Court on February 26, 2009, a federal judge has allowed the plaintiffs to litigate under the assumed identity “John Parent” and “Parents Similarly Situated”. It will soon come up for argument before a federal appeals court in New York City and may wind up before the United States Supreme Court. A related case is already being considered during the current term of the high court on a petition for certiorari. You can verify the Second Circuit docket number 11-2474 and learn more about this precedent seeking litigation by reading the entire Parent brief at www.leonkoziol.com.

Many followers of this site have contacted us for purposes of joining this case, even identifying their lawyers and personal backgrounds. However, formal joinder of parties would cost individuals many thousands of dollars depending upon the experience and competency of legal counsel retained by each. It would also complicate and delay progress for years. For this reason, we are offering our supporters the opportunity of informal joinder without the need for costly fees. We are creating a list of “parents similarly situated” to become a potential class member of this lawsuit. Any person who donates $100 or more to our cause will have the option of being named to this list. It may make you and your child a part of the legal history of this nation.

We already have a list in the making thanks to our early donors. However much more support is needed to cover the herculean costs of these court processes. Mr. Koziol has sacrificed a lucrative career in law and politics to bring this litigation. We cannot and must not allow his efforts to die out. He has already proven his ability to succeed after 23 years of practice in the trial and appellate courts of New York. Three sample cases that he pursued have been cited in earlier releases, including one which resulted in a final judgment declaring the largest casino in New York State unconstitutional, see i.e. Oneida Indian Nation v Oneida County, 132 F. Supp. 2d 71 (NDNY 2000); Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (2nd Cir. 2004) and Koziol v Hanna, 107 F. Supp. 2d 170 (NDNY 2000). Kindly pass this on to others.

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U.S. Justice Department and Others Seek Extensions For Parenting Rights Case

U. S. Justice Department, defense firms and New York Attorney General seek extensions to file briefs in parenting rights case being heard in federal appeals court in New York City.

The U.S. Justice Department has weighed in on the appeal brought by constitutional rights advocate Leon Koziol in New York City. It is representing Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. who was named as a defendant. The case seeks to promote shared parenting through a precedent setting decision which strikes down a scheme of federal and state laws that discriminate against fathers and non-custodial mothers in divorce, custody and support proceedings.

The complete brief was released publicly on this site, www.leonkoziol.com, on September 22, 2011, shortly after its filing. It addresses a full range of parenting rights routinely infringed in our state domestic relations courts. Like the equal rights vindicated by Brown v Board of Education, but unlike the fundamental rights pursued in Roe v Wade, this appeal is designed to promote family values in separated parental settings. If successful, it will provide a weapon for parents everywhere to resist draconian support orders and abusive court processes.

Significantly, U.S. attorneys have joined the New York Attorney General and law firms representing other defendants in seeking extensions to file their response briefs into December, 2011, or the maximum period allowed by law. Mr. Koziol has opposed those requests on grounds that he was able to complete his own brief in less than one week while filing motions, rule statements, record and appendix in a lesser period of time without office staff or support. Evidently this case, years in the works, is proving to have merit or cause for concern.

Unfortunately, as related in our last post, the financial burden inflicted by such delays is having devastating impacts upon Leon’s continuing ability to maintain this litigation. Simply put, it is a case which seeks a proper remedy in lieu of a constitutional amendment in the state legislatures and Congress that could take decades to produce. To our knowledge, only the State of Louisiana has endorsed such an amendment. On the positive side, the current briefing delay opens the door for persons or groups to join the case or provide their input on the arguments.

For our regular followers, input can be made by e-mail at: leonkozioljd@gmail.com. However you must first read and digest the brief referenced in our last post. In the coming weeks, you will be given the opportunity for virtual participation in our profound litigation by keyboard from your very own homes. Updates on this case and others being pursued by Mr. Koziol will follow. The referenced requests by government attorneys and defense firms may be viewed directly through the links found on our site. In the meantime, we would like to thank our early donors as we continue to urge your support behind this vital cause. Even if you are not currently impacted, the damage caused by these socialist welfare laws is affecting the health, safety, productivity, education and family heritage of an entire nation. Kindly pass this on.

As stated in our previous blog post, resources have dwindled to nothing in connection with our current cases. We are therefore seeking contributions from all concerned. Such cases would cost individual litigants or groups hundreds of thousands in competent fees and litigation expense. It is therefore crucial for all of our supporters to join us in this effort. A pay pal account has been set up to accept your donation. No matter how great or small it may be, every amount helps. Please consider this using the method provided below or by mail to: Parenting Rights Institute; 1518 Genesee Street; Utica, New York 13502. Leon can be reached directly at (315) 796-4000. Networking and media connections are also greatly needed. Once again, we would like to thank all of you for your help. 

 See Requests for Extensions Here

Federal Appeals Court to Hear Parenting Rights Case in New York City

KOZIOL’S  PARENTING  RIGHTS  CASE  TO  BE  HEARD  BY  FEDERAL  APPEALS  COURT  IN  NEW  YORK  CITY  (ENTITLED  PARENT  VS  STATE)

Years in the works, Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol has brought his case for parenting reform before the federal Court of Appeals in New York City. This precedent seeking litigation is designed to promote shared parenting through a decision which strikes down discriminatory custody and support laws as unconstitutional. It is a case not unlike Roe v Wade in its approach to fundamental rights except that this one seeks to advance family values in America.

The ominous trend in today’s childrearing laws features the state’s increased interference in family affairs. Diverse agreement and home environments are upstaged by socialist welfare practices which place the child above the parent in decision making authority. The state has seized power over private matters by engaging in needless financial inquisitions and substitutions of judgment reserved to moms and dads, whether married or living apart.

The insidious vehicle for this violation of human rights is the federal “Child Support Standards Act” which conditions divorce and court access upon the parents’ adoption of “custody” titles and an unequal doctrine of childrearing. Fathers and non-custodial mothers are particularly harmed by over inclusive laws which place good parents in the same classification as bad parents for purposes determining support and child access. Put simply, it is a lucrative institution which discourages liberty, cooperation and diversity as hallmarks of our Constitution.

On our Parenting Rights Institute site, www.leonkoziol.com, a link to the complete brief will orient you to this case. You can short cut the legalese by skipping over to the “Summary of Argument” and “Argument” sections. This case is more comprehensive than the one being considered simultaneously by the United States Supreme Court (also found on our site). Together they seek precedent for the benefit of aggrieved parents everywhere as well as the lawyers who risk their livelihoods in defense of our most valued rights.

To assess the credibility of our work and its importance to you and your loved ones, three sample cases are offered for your review from Leon Koziol’s litigation history, Oneida Indian Nation v Oneida County, 132 F. Supp. 2d 71 (2000)(successful maintenance of state court action against Indian casino enterprises represented by national law firms seeking injunction);Koziol v Hanna, 107 F. Supp. 2d 170 (2000)(successful challenge of city mayor who violated First Amendment rights of city employees as city corporation counsel, upheld by same federal appeals court here); Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (CA 2, 2004)(featuring $333,000.00 jury verdict obtained by Leon Koziol on behalf of a civil rights victim ultimately settled on remand).

Unfortunately resources have dwindled to nothing in connection with our current cases. We are therefore seeking contributions from all concerned. Such cases would cost individual litigants or groups hundreds of thousands in competent fees and litigation expense. It is therefore crucial for all of our supporters to join us in this effort. A pay pal account has been set up to accept your donation. No matter how great or small it may be, every amount helps. Please consider this using the method provided below or by mail to: Parenting Rights Institute; 1518 Genesee Street; Utica, New York 13502. Leon can be reached directly at (315) 796-4000. Networking and media connections are also greatly needed. Once again, we would like to thank all of you for your help.

                                                                                                                                                         

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KOZIOL FILES CASE IN UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT

KOZIOL FILES CASE  IN  UNITED  STATES  SUPREME  COURT  SEEKING  CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION FOR PARENTS AND FAMILY ADVOCATES

On August 15, 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States submitted notice to civil rights advocate Leon Koziol that his petition for a writ has been accepted for consideration under docket No. 11-185. The petition will now undergo a review to determine whether the case will be heard by the full court. A vote of four justices is needed to make this occur.

The case is based upon Mr. Koziol’s four year ordeal at the hands of state disciplinary agents retaliating against his campaign for reform in state domestic relations courts. Specifically, after 23 unblemished years as a successful trial advocate in federal and state courts, Mr. Koziol became victim to fabricated charges designed to suppress protected activities under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

The petition is a fascinating read for human rights victims and those who have been abused in divorce, custody and support courts. It has all the ingredients of a John Grisham novel, and it actually seeks protection for lawyers who pursue admirable causes for the people. Through vague code provisions and substandard prosecutions, good lawyers are easily removed from the profession when they take on litigation against powerful government officials.

Leon Koziol is asking all of his supporters and followers to read his petition and pass it on to those who may be of assistance, i.e., media contacts, authors, intervenors, columnists and benefactors to help fund this vital cause. Without the good guys among those practicing law, the people will continue to be fleeced of their resources through orchestrated family controversies that are collectively harming the health, productivity and heritage of an entire nation.

Link to petition (Click Here)

Equal Rights Alert

This is a public call to all women who support equal treatment under the law. Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol, a former practicing attorney who has won gender, race and sexual harassment cases during a 23 year career, is seeking your signature to a petition for a meeting with Barack Obama. He is seeking equal treatment for fathers in childrearing decisions in our domestic relations courts. Like the women’s rights movement which could not have succeeded without men supporters, he is confident that he can rely upon women of good conscience to join him in this call for reform. President Obama’s first act signed into law was the equal pay amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and appointments of two women to the United States Supreme Court. We hope Obama is not a hypocrite and will do the same reform for the other half of America’s parenting population. Little girls and women partners are victims in addition to good fathers under this antiquated “custodial institution of childrearing”. Attached is our Petition and “Open Letter to Barack Obama” for your review. Please pass this on to other women and rights advocates.

See “Open Letter to Barack Obama” –  (Click Here)

Sign Petition – (Click Here)

Parenting Alert

Please sign our Petition for parenting rights reform and pass it on. If you have not read the “Open Letter”, a copy is attached or available on our site at www.leonkoziol.com. Remember: “We must be seen before we can be heard”. Support Leon Koziol in his professional efforts on our behalf. He sacrificed a prominent and lucrative career as a civil rights attorney by fighting the lawyers and judges who are violating our most cherished human rights. Why waste your hard earned money on lawyers who will not stand up for you because of the profits made off of your children or retaliation of the kind experienced by Mr. Koziol. We must show support for “our advocate” or stop complaining. By doing nothing, you accept the system as it operates today.

Parenting Rights Institute
National League of Fathers, Inc.

We, the Undersigned, Petition the President of the United States to meet with Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol to reform child control laws which unduly infringe upon parental rights. I support the “Open Letter to Barack Obama” found on the Internet at http://www.leonkoziol.com as published by Leon Koziol, J.D. on May 11, 2011.

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Open Letter to Barack Obama

Hon. Barack Obama                                                                                    May 11, 2011
President and Commander-in-Chief
United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington D.C. 20500                                           Re:  Human Rights Violations in America


Dear Mr. President:

The capture of Osama bin Laden stands among the greatest achievements of your administration. Today our nation learned of an upcoming speech in which you will seek to build upon this success. As I understand it, you will now promote democracy by revolution in Arab countries.

As a civil rights advocate who practiced law in New York for more than 23 years, I am asking you to reconsider this course of action. I invite you to focus instead upon a side of America you have evidently overlooked. It is one that our soldiers will face if and when they return home.

Good fathers are being systematically removed from their children in domestic relations courts around our country through discriminatory laws which support a multi-billion dollar government industry. It is a form of oppression where innocent children become the hard victims.

It works simply like this: declare the state to be the parent of the people, pass laws which promote controversy among families, and lawyers will take over to promote government jobs which our taxpayers cannot afford. I call it the state’s “Custodial Institution of Childrearing”.

This institution has taken over more than half of America’s parenting population through “custody” and “support” regulations which infringe upon all manner of family privacy. Parents are influenced to fight over their offspring in public forums reminiscent of the Roman Coliseum.

It is certainly not a new concept. In Mein Kampf, Adolph Hitler observed that if the state can make the people believe it is acting in the best interests of children, they will “happily” give up their rights. Your secretary of state once declared that “it takes a village” to raise our children.

This kind of socialist philosophy has not only been proven a world failure, but it goes against everything embodied within the American Constitution. Our Supreme Court has repeatedly declared the parenting right to be “the oldest liberty interest” protected under our laws.

In that vein, your victory speech caught my attention. You stated that we were a nation committed to “equal rights” and that we could accomplish anything we set our mind to. I could not reconcile this with the severe prejudice against fathers which is so accepted here.

The Census Bureau continues to report that roughly 85% of all parents paying “child support” are men. Women obtain custody in 80-90% of contested cases. Yet men are not so incompetent to engage in “shared parenting” any more than they are to share in the defense of our country.

This all brought me back to a day in 2008. I was one of your earliest supporters. Senator Clinton had dominated the primaries in upstate New York and you declared on Father’s Day that we needed to get men to step up to the plate, all the while ignoring what our states had done to them.

It was then that I knew that the problem of fatherless children would grow exponentially and, of course, it did. Separated parents are now the mainstream in America, and fathers are remanded to a lower class of person through antiquated laws which maintain a separate but unequal doctrine.

Under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, the states draw revenues based on the number and magnitude of “child support” orders mass produced in an institution hypocritically called Family Court. If you can get more parents to fight, you can make more money, simple as that.

It is a scheme which exploits a rule of nature. Good parents will sacrifice everything to maintain their offspring whereas bad parents generally avoid responsibilities. In the custodial system, all separated parents are lumped together and forced to prove their fitness to the state without cause.

This “winner takes all” contest enables one parent to “tax and destroy” the other for reasons unrelated to the child. Formula driven welfare checks euphemistically known as “child support” are based not upon a child’s needs but upon a victor’s highly contentious “way of life”.

This formula has communist overtones with waste, decadence and child disincentives which can lead to lawless behavior. Outcast fathers, constantly on the defensive, are paying for the process which seizes their children through diverted “child support”. Even Hitler was not this creative.

Inevitably these American citizens face a debtor’s prison when they cannot balance tax, credit and support obligations in hard times. It is far from a hero’s welcome for our returning soldiers as the courts routinely find that they can earn more than they are capable with their “war skills”.

In New York, our judiciary sued the other branches of government in its own courts for pay raises. Of course this was a violation of powers, but the obsession over money is finding its way in childrearing decisions contrary to a neutral design under our state constitutions as well.

Police, fire and emergency crews, such as those responders on 9-11, face the same treatment as our war veterans do under these abusive laws. In my small home town, a police investigator took his life and that of his ex spouse, leaving his children without parents after “child support” court.

Not long after that, a woman took a knife to her husband’s throat, a father shot his boy in front of police during a domestic standoff, and a purple heart soldier attempted suicide rather than continue a prison sentence on a support debt. That’s a lot of needless carnage for a civil society.

Related reports are showing a greater loss of life on the domestic front among veterans than in these foreign wars. If you’ve read this far, please view “Purple Heart’s Final Beat” at Second Class Citizen.Org for a brief but vivid memorial to Major Lance Waldorf, an Iraqi war veteran.

You might wonder how a once prominent lawyer, office holder and candidate for congress could survive a one man battle against his profession. After 23 unblemished years, a group of lawyers and judges combined to suspend my practice, a small sacrifice compared to those in mind here.

This retaliation began on the same day as arguments were being made in court similar to those found here. Last I checked, Mr. President, the judicial branch was still a part of our American form of government subject to the same First Amendment rules that you and the rest of us are.

Such rules are invaluable to a free society. This letter illustrates how government is losing the forest for the trees on issues ranging from the economy to doctors’ care. Our talents, health and productivity are being lost to a litigious system focused on the ever elusive child’s best interests.

You have proven that we have come a long way since the Dred Scott decision. Here we find a white civil rights advocate petitioning a black president for equal rights. Yet it is much more than that. A father is asking another father to help preserve future generations of Americans.

On Father’s Day Friday, June 17th, I plan to file a writ in the Supreme Court challenging the suppression of my liberties by New York’s court system. My ordeal may be compared to that of Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, reunited with his children only after giving up his civil rights.

I hope to be joined at that time by victims and families of these oppressive laws to deliver this letter personally to you at the White House. Until then, I am asking supporters nationwide to consider publishing it in the media, internet and public venues. Thank you for your time.

Respectfully submitted,

Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
National League of Fathers, Inc.
Parenting Rights Institute
1518 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502
(315) 796-4000
leonkozioljd@gmail.com

www.leonkoziol.com

Parenting Rights Convention Weekend Agenda

Hotel Utica, Utica, New York
April 15-17, 2011

Friday,  April 15, 2011,  7 pm

Meet and Greet with three time Super Bowl winner Tim McKyer and parenting rights attendees at the Hotel lobby and Lamplighter Room. Media interviews will be followed by social gathering and autographs.

Saturday,  April 16, 2011,  7 am

Morning brunch to discuss topics of general interest, Group introductions and current events. Tentatively scheduled for 1912 Room at Hotel Utica, subject to alternate location and time.

Saturday,  April 16, 2011,  2 pm

Main Event:  Public Forum at Hotel Utica, Saranac Room. Featured speakers will be followed by open public microphone to receive statements and testimony from attendees. Subjects will be incorporated into a formal report for submission to the U.S. Justice Department, President, federal and state officials and select members of Congress. Speakers include the following:

Chris DiMaggio, television host: Families in Transition, Long Island, New York

Purple Heart Soldier Presentation

L. Wilson, Executive Director, We the People Family Preservation, Coshocton, Ohio

Debra Young, Justice for Families and Children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gregg Fischer, Parenting Legislative Advocate, New York City

Tim McKyer, Fathers’ Rights Advocate and former three time NFL Super Bowl winner

Leon Koziol, J.D., founder of Parenting Rights Institute, civil rights advocate

Saturday, April 16, 2011, 7 pm

Group sessions to discuss cooperative efforts and public input

Sunday,  April 17, 2011, 1 pm

Strategy session for reform and rally in Washington D. C.

Profound Reform Expected From This Weekend’s Convention

As devoted parents and concerned citizens, we’ve complained for too long. Government continues to ignore us. They’re making too much money on our children. Action is therefore the only answer. The time has come to get the state out of the “child business” as one Family Court put it. We must demand reform and that time is now.

Momentum continues to build for the first ever National Parenting Convention at the Hotel Utica this weekend in upstate New York. Media coverage and exclusive interviews with celebrity speaker Tim McKyer are introducing the event to the public. Nationwide coverage will depend on the creative energies of each and every follower and advocate we’ve managed to reach since this Convention was first announced in November, 2010.

There is no room for excuses, no more apathy or laziness. These children are our children and our priority. However, to reiterate our rights to rear our own children, to participate meaningfully in their lives, and to remove oppressive barriers upon our liberties, we “must be seen before we can be heard” under an American form of government. The Supreme Court has described our parenting rights as the “oldest liberty interest protected under the Constitution”. Unless we act, we will lose that right. At least one Justice is already seeing to this.

At the Convention, you will be heard, you will learn how to protect yourself, and most of all, your children will be made proud. They will one day know when mom and dad finally declared “enough is enough”. In 1848, a group of 100 men and women came together at the first National Women’s Rights Convention at nearby Seneca Falls, New York. They came by trains and horses with no political support or money. Little did they know, this small group of visionaries would change the world. We look forward to meeting all of you. Details at www.leonkoziol.com.