As followers of this site, http://www.leonkoziol.com, are aware, whistleblower attorney Leon Koziol has been persecuted by his profession after nearly 25 years of unblemished practice as a civil rights attorney in federal and state courts. Among the 40 trial jurists removed from his originally uncontested divorce, one was permanently banned from the family court bench by New York’s high court after the judge admitted to sexual abuse of his handicapped, five-year old niece (Bryan Hedges). Koziol was vindicated again when Hedge’s replacement judge, Michael Hanuszczak, was forced to resign after being found guilty of harassing his court clerks. Yet another replacement, Utica City Court Judge Gerald Popeo (no longer a judge) was publicly censored by a state judicial commission for racist remarks and physical threats from the bench.
This kind of exposure was obviously a public relations disaster for both federal and state judiciaries when coupled with court filings, lobby initiatives and protest marches in Washington and elsewhere which Leon sponsored to influence a federal investigation of Title IV-D funding abuses and human rights violations in our nation’s divorce and family courts. Indeed the most recent federal judge who dismissed one such filing was removed from a case by a federal appeals court in Manhattan for concocting a human gene for decision making that would not be discovered by the scientific community in “another fifty years.” The appeals court based its removal of Judge Gary Sharpe on the loss of public confidence which he caused to our judiciary by such omnipotence , United States v Cossey, 632 F.3d 82 (2nd Cir. 2011).
As most of us in the reform movement know, the best way of suppressing a highly qualified whistleblower is to attack his credibility and undermine his income producing capacity. Over a twelve year period, a collection of judges and lawyers in upstate New York did exactly that with a record period of law license suspensions, parental alienation and ultimate death threat based on an orchestrated child support debt. This long term persecution nearly cost Leon his life and forced him to seek human rights protection overseas. Too extensive an ordeal for conventional modes of public disclosure, it is now summarized in Leon’s newly published book, Whistleblower in Paris. Get a free insight at http://www.whistleblowerinparis.com. The book is available at Barnes and Noble stores and major bookseller sites.
To offset the defamation wrongly inflicted on this whistleblower, it has become necessary to recite Leon’s accomplishments on this site, in court filings, news releases, and reports to various oversight authorities. Put another way, you can always abuse public office by destroying a critic’s reputation but you cannot erase the achievements which support the credibility of a vital public message. One such achievement is a series of successful decisions in federal and state court in which Leon single-handedly invalidated a billion dollar casino compact against high profile law firms such as Cravath, Swaine and Moore. So humiliating were these defeats that they generated no public comment. Shockingly, they went so far as to dilute Leon’s identity as the successful plaintiff attorney by placing him alongside the law firm, Bond, Schoeneck & King, which did not assist or represent in any way. Look them up at Oneida Indian Nation v County of Oneida, 132 F.Supp.2d 71 (NDNY 2000) and Peterman v Pataki, 2004 NY Slip Op 51092. The headline story in the Las Vegas Sun is found below.
On Thursday, September 23, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul obtained a mound of testimony from aggrieved parents regarding the abuse of forensic evaluation orders in the state’s domestic relations courts. It was the second of two public hearings conducted virtually on Webex, and it featured psychiatrists, therapists. lawyers, experts, parents and public officials. The testimony was widely divergent with some calling for abolishment of forensic evaluations altogether (a position joined by Leon Koziol) and others calling for overhauls.
One attorney-parent, a former U.S. Attorney, broke down emotionally for much of her testimony while outlining her ordeal as an alienated mother fighting a powerful system. Another, Francesca Amato-Banfield, jumped right into the fray from her vehicle phone condemning the hearing itself, its sponsors, “everyone,” even the speakers, before lamenting 15 years of accountability efforts that yielded no progress whatsoever. It was highly offensive but also very useful in reflecting the sheer anger and frustration of court victims.
Many speakers focused on their personal ordeals citing corrupt judges, narcissistic adversaries and evaluators masquerading as concerned experts. A number of presenters appeared in rough condition which is becoming increasingly common today (like they just got out of bed). It reflected a societal decline which accords little respect for other participants and oneself. After all, this is a formal proceeding financed with public money, and such sloppy appearances only draw adversely upon the quality of such testimony. For our part, formal attire and preparedness ruled the presentation, and Leon Koziol’s testimony is reproduced below,
Before I begin, I would like to preface my remarks by emphasizing my position here as a judicial whistleblower. This Commission is focused on accountability and that cannot occur without whistleblowers. In fact many of the presenters today could be considered whistleblowers in various contexts. I would also take issue with the speaker from Pennsylvania who raised some kind of complaint regarding fathers rights groups. This is not a fathers rights issue, a mothers rights issue or any other select group but a human rights issue, and we need to work together to solve these problems. Finally I would like to join those who have called for an abolishment of forensic evaluations.
My name is Leon Koziol, Director of the Parenting Rights Institute. I am also a civil rights advocate who practiced law in the courts of this state for more than 23 years. As a victimized father of two daughters now in college, I bring a comprehensive background to the work of your panel and the refreshing objectives of our new governor, Kathy Hochul.
There are countless parents, children and families victimized by forensic evaluations in our divorce and family courts. They are part of a lucrative process and silent epidemic that is causing needless murders, suicides, domestic violence, parental alienation, criminal activity, and an overall decline in the health and productivity of the people of this state.
At another time and place I might be citing cases such as Utica police investigator, Joe Longo, who committed a murder-suicide that left four children without parents, Thomas Ball who burned himself alive on the steps of a family court, or the mother who murdered her two-year old child, Gabriella Boyd, rather than submit to a custody change.
But I need not expound because I too am a victim. Set to testify here on September 9th, I was instead recuperating at a hospital from a heart condition caused by the stresses I endured as an attorney whistleblower. Fortunately it proved to be a minor condition fully corrected. The 40 trial jurists removed from my originally uncontested divorce included a pedophile, Bryan Hedges, and Gerald Popeo who was censured for racist remarks and physical threats from the bench. I also testified before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption.
Such whistleblowing elicited a systemic bias as I have never been found to be an unfit parent, no convictions or agency complaints, and all offense petitions of a child alienating adversary were thrown out. Yet none of that mattered as I was denied contact with my precious girls for seven years on such bizarre grounds as an “alcohol related gesture.”
Yes, you heard that correctly, a champagne toast at my niece’s wedding, and you will find it in a December 2, 2013 decision of Lewis County Family Judge Daniel King. That decision was halted on appeal, but reborn the next month with concocted forensic orders. This illustrates the extreme to which reform efforts are persecuted. I have asked the Justice Department to investigate the human rights violations here.
This whimsical manner in which forensic orders are issued, vacated and then re-issued infringes upon a fundamental right of parenting which the Supreme Court has declared to be the “oldest liberty interest protected by our Constitution.” Such violations are fueled by an adversarial framework that yields undue profits for service providers and federal revenues under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act.
In my litigation experience, parents have been subjected to evaluations strictly for tactical reasons. In the end, moms and dads rightfully stressed over the threat of losing their children in a custody battle or debtor imprisonment for child support, could be found defective on some 300 disorders approved by the psychiatric profession in its DSM-5 manual.
If the parent was a father, his condition might be nothing more than resistance to a justice system sworn to equality which still discriminates on account of gender. I have compared this to the anger issues of slaves. Reports are laced with human defects without tracing them to their structural cause, rapid fire torture which can incite a violent reaction.
High conflict divorce with its immense carnage was criticized in the 2006 Matrimonial Report to our state’s chief justice and in countless cases such as Webster v Ryan, where veteran family judge, Dennis Duggan, made a stand for overdue reform with the following edict:
At the outset, the Court notes that the terms ‘custody’ and ‘visitation’ have outlived their usefulness. Indeed their use tends to place any discussion and allocation of family rights into an oppositional framework. ‘Fighting for custody’ directs the process towards determining winners and losers. The children, always in the middle, usually turn out to be the losers…
This Court has abandoned the use of the word ‘visitation’ in its Orders, using the phrase ‘parenting time’ instead. If the word ‘custody’ did not so permeate our statutes and was not so ingrained into our psyches, that word would be the next to go… This misplaced focus draws parents into contention and conflict, drawing the worst from them at a time when their children need their parents’ best.
Abusive forensic orders can be mitigated by a shared parenting model for adjudications. But my reform efforts in that regard read like a John Grisham story. And as fate or timing would have it, that saga is now found in my newly published book, Whistleblower in Paris. A copy is being provided to this Commission because this forensic crisis is too extensive for purposes of this hearing. I am therefore joining others today seeking genuine accountability.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Why is judicial accountability so crucial to democracy? The answer is simply this: too much power vested in a single person invariably leads to corruption. We see this everywhere today. As it is said, tyranny begets anarchy, and when judges fail to honor the rule of law established by the people, the natural consequence is to take the law into one’s own hands. This is the very underpinning of American society and how our country came to be.
However when judicial power is usurped in domestic relations courts, a more serious form of corruption emerges. This is because families and parent-child relationships have long been considered sacred, private matters. Unfortunately, despite a constitution that created a form of government divorced from the mother country, a judge-made doctrine in feudal England managed to evade our Bill of Rights by finding its way into these courts.
That doctrine, known as Parens Patriae, has been relied upon to invade our privacy rights in ways never before imagined in a free society. As an accomplished civil rights attorney who became a victim of this doctrine, I set out to expose the corruption it caused to me and fellow victims. I sought to convert family court from a lawyer-friendly system to a parent-oriented one. Over time it cost me my professional career, father-daughter relationships and ultimately my very health.
When my ex-wife and mother of my children began to see the consequences of my principled stand, she took advantage of the retaliation by filing petitions that received the favor of judges seeking to suppress my First Amendment rights. Indeed in November, 2015, that ex-wife, Kelly Hawse-Koziol, filed yet another family offense petition having an ulterior goal of removing me from my daughters’ lives. Over the years, all her offense petitions were thrown out, but this one featured a gag order disguised as a protection order on this whistleblower website, http://www.leonkoziol.com.
The illicit scheme was profoundly exposed when I obtained a court order in New York Supreme Court challenging it. Despite motions denied over a six month period, the presiding family judge who issued that gag order (Daniel King), cancelled his hearing on the offense petition and vacated (removed) his own gag order. Weeks later, the same Judge King stepped off the case entirely after three years of harm to my father-daughter relationships. He never ceased his retaliation for my 2013 whistleblower testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. There I exposed fabricated college degrees used to elevate my child support obligations for incarceration (contempt) purposes.
Throughout this crusade, my daughters and law license were used as ransom to elicit my silence. For her part, rather than honor the sacred interest in a father-daughter relationship, Kelly Hawse-Koziol exploited the clear retaliation by asserting one false accusation after another which I was forced to defend. I did so to an extreme of seeking constitutional protection in federal courts. But by then the fix was in, the record too tarnished, and any basic rights I might have once had were ignored or shamelessly violated. Hawse-Koziol was never held accountable for her perjuries and abusive petitions.
That favoritism was made possible by a judge made doctrine known as judicial immunity. Under that doctrine, judges can actually abuse public office by maliciously targeting a critic. To illustrate its absurdity, Michigan family judge, Wade McCree, was removed from the bench after his adulterous relationship with a litigant was exposed. It featured an adversary father that McCree placed on a child support monitor to appease his paramour. The father sued for civil rights violations in federal court but was denied recourse based on immunity, leading to the bizarre conclusion that sex in chambers with a litigant is now a protected judicial act.
This website, Leon Koziol.com chronicles more than ten years of efforts to reform this system and the retaliation which has yet to earn an Innocence Project outcome. Critical to my ordeal was a willingness of biased jurists, acting without a jury, to ignore perjury in the petitions and hearing testimony of Kelly Hawse-Koziol. Anything that could be used against me quickly found its way into decisions and orders that systematically destroyed proven father-daughter relationships. The judge prejudice was so extreme on one occasion that I was ordered to cease objections to such testimony under penalty of being removed from the courthouse (Family Judge Daniel King, January 14, 2014 transcript).
That willingness to ignore perjury was well demonstrated at a June, 2016 hearing where I was challenging a city marshal who claimed service of a support violation petition upon me at a local restaurant (known as a traverse hearing). After his sworn service document and testimony were introduced by Hawse-Koziol’s lawyer (one of many she retained), I cross examined him on a segment which claimed recitation of veteran status during the service of the petition. Knowing of an upcoming witness of mine in the waiting area, the marshal admitted that he never gave such a recitation. He then admitted that he had lied on the sworn document and in his testimony before the court.
Although the petition was consequently dismissed, no referral for perjury prosecution was made to the Syracuse district attorney. Such lack of accountability became potentially fatal when a scheme was hatched one year later to have an Oneida County deputy sheriff acting in the capacity of court security to serve the next violation petition upon me during a custody hearing. Unlike all other court litigants, Hawse-Koziol was not charged for this service as prescribed by law and the deputy sheriff was acting outside the scope of his security duties. So disruptive was this unlawful act that it caused yet another assigned judge to step down from my case.
More than 40 trial level jurists were assigned to my family matters over a 14 year period, a national record by most accounts. That alone warrants a federal investigation. There was no disciplinary action taken by this deputy’s superior, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, and no investigation by the state judicial conduct commission or attorney general, proving clearly that the state courts are unable to police themselves. The unlawfully served petition ultimately led to a “shoot on sight” threat from a traffic cop purporting to enforce a violation warrant issued by Utica City Judge Gerald Popeo. He was assigned to replace the one who stepped down and to avenge a public censure of that judge.
The corruption here was so rampant and unchecked that it forced me to take a bold stand against this irreparably infected process. Law enforcement would be well served by looking into such corruption because it puts them needlessly in harm’s way. One of Sheriff Maciol’s deputies was fatally shot during a stand-off with a parent trapped in a garage during a domestic incident. Had the officers who had him surrounded let time and talk take its course, that deputy might still be on duty today.
Throughout my ordeal in this corrupted family court system, I was proven justified time and again. To cite only a few examples, I filed a motion to remove one of my custody judges from my case and to prevent a private meeting with my young daughters in chambers. Opposing lawyers condemned it as an assault on a judge whose reputation was “beyond reproach.” Only months later, that judge, Bryan Hedges, was permanently removed by New York’s high court after Hedges’ public admission to sexual abuse of his handicapped five year old niece.
Judge Hedges’ replacement, Syracuse family judge Michael Hanuszczak, was forced to resign after a state judicial commission had found that he sexually harassed subordinate court staff. Judge Gerald Popeo, as stated, was publicly censured (when he should have been removed) by the same judicial commission for making racist remarks, jailing litigants for such conduct as a “smirk,” and threatening violence from the bench to remedy such indiscretions. The ethics lawyers who also targeted me were allowed to resign after falsifying their time sheets. These removals are all a matter of public record.
While this is only a partial list, it underscores the problem I set out to correct. A mother truly committed to her daughters and a co-parenting environment that was once so promising would counsel them on the righteousness of my cause. Instead she exploited the clear misconduct for selfish gain. My parenting liberties were so monitored that nothing I did was acceptable. Conditions were imposed that were not only contradictory, something I described as a “contempt by ambush,” but they forced me to avoid all contact with my precious girls.
This ordeal is detailed, in part, in my published book, Satan’s Docket, available on this site and http://www.parentingrightsinstitute.com. I am asking all court victims to carry on this cause so that my sacrifices are not in vain. For more information, you can contact me directly at email@example.com or (315) 796-4000. Kindly share this post to overcome continued censorship and suppression.
After more than thirty years litigating in federal, state and appellate courts, I gained valuable insights on the widespread corruption occurring to parents, children and families in our nation’s domestic relations courts. As a civil rights trial attorney, I won numerous awards for victims of government abuse, set legal precedent for many of those victims, secured a restraining order on a $30 million high school project right out of law school, and even won a judgment in New York Supreme Court invalidating a billion dollar casino compact on constitutional grounds.
Today, after taking a stand against corruption in divorce and family courts, I am unable to get a simple order giving me access to my daughters despite no finding of unfit parenting or even an accusation of abuse. My court filings are suddenly “rambling, vitriolic or frivolous,” my unblemished professional record over 23 years suddenly unethical. It’s a classic John Grisham story but with no fiction attached, an innocence project awaiting fulfillment, and a potential martyrdom that I never asked for. It remains a vital cause impacting every aspect of modern day life.
Over the years I had occasion to witness or investigate needless deaths and human carnage in divorce and family courts across the country. Thomas Ball went so far as to burn himself alive in front of a family court in Keene County, New Hampshire to protest draconian enforcement practices relating to child protection, yet little media attention was given to this horrific event. Imagine if an African-American mother did the same to protest domestic violence.
I addressed national media at the 2015 funeral of Walter Scott, an unarmed black father fleeing a child support warrant at a traffic stop in South Carolina. He was shot dead five times in the back by a white cop. Among the black lives news reports, the Walter Scott murder continues to get the least attention despite an argument that family courts are now killing for money. Had this horrific event not been captured by a concealed by-stander on his i-phone, no one would have believed the cop setting an object on the “suspect’s” body to make it appear that it was an act of self-defense.
And the list goes on: a deranged mother who dismembered her two year old daughter rather than give her up to a custody order, veterans committing suicide at a rate of 22 per day with no study that tracks the number relating to family court, and the harm to worker productivity and health costs due to these recurring, lucrative court proceedings. Many victims are forced to give up parenting rights to avoid a debtor’s prison for so-called “child support” that lacks accountability. They quietly fade away to a death caused by grief, stress and depression. One such parent, Michael Brancaccio, suffered such an outcome only three months ago.
On tonight’s conference call, one mother expressed sympathy for my ordeal with the question of whether anyone can overcome a family court lobby that is so powerful. The answer lies in our collective resolve in a nationwide crusade for justice such as the Parent March on Washington which I sponsored in 2019. It would include lobbying efforts in Congress for a reform of Title IV-D funding and an investigation by the Justice Department. This will require large scale funding, but there are wealthy victims who can be contacted for this purpose.
As irony would have it, I testified at Governor Cuomo’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption in 2013 which has relevance to this week’s calls for nursing home accountability. There I exposed family court judges who were fabricating evidence and engaging in judicial misconduct. It received widespread publicity. Three months later I was deprived all contact with my daughters based on more fabrications by Kelly Hawse-Koziol. Desperate to replace me with a wealthy, childless substitute, she acted without conscience to destroy something that was so precious and promising.
The latest chapter in my ordeal was published earlier today and can be read by clicking here. You can also contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or ((315) 796-4000.
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Click the link above to hear a full recording of the Dr. Pappas presentation and exchange. Note a quiet gap before the first caller comes on which is referenced below. We could not edit it out but you might forward to discussion on your end.
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
On June 1, 2020, our Institute sponsored another in a series of conference calls regarding family court reform and misconduct during the pandemic. Dr. Anthony Pappas, Professor at St. John’s University and 2018 Republican opponent to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was our featured speaker. It was noted that some callers could not access the conference. Others kept at it until successful. One participant suggested that waiting until 7pm was the ticket to get him on the call after similar frustrations.
However timing has nothing to do with this problem since the call could be set at any time. For the same reason, overwhelmed usage may not explain it as the difference between 6:50pm and 7pm is nominal. But if the site sponsor, Free Conference Call, can foreclose access to persons other than the host for this ten minute period, it can kill our series and discourage reviews of the recording due to a long quiet period at the outset.
Censorship should not be easily dismissed as a cause given the technical ability to sabotage these highly informative but controversial sessions. Facebook has already admitted to doing such things, censoring users simply because of views they dispute. Consequently you will find a long gap between the beginning of the recording and the first participant entry complaining of his frustrations with access.
Since the beginning of humanity, parents everywhere have been charged with a duty to protect their offspring from all manner of harm. That duty does not end with child safety, good upbringing and eventual maturity. It lasts to our dying days, a duty to make life better for future generations. Otherwise parenting itself may be in vain.
Coronavirus has now presented itself as our greatest test in modern times. We cannot hunker down in silence while professional con-artists seize authoritarian power to grandstand, deceive and assert unscientific projections for headline-grabbing purposes. Some egos are simply insatiable, and we cannot allow such egos to elevate the harm to our children, neighbors and loved ones.
From a rejection of 16,000 ventilators offered to him in 2015 to a delayed closure of schools, airports and playgrounds into the month of April, he presided over the greatest carnage and risk to human life in state history. Typically ahead of my time in whistle blowing and reform efforts, I was again “ahead of the curve” on the political front lines here.
Now comes breaking news that Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill DeBlasio failed to take timely action which could have saved 50-80% of lives in the epicenter. This news comes from a very reliable source which is not being well reported by mainstream media. In today’s (British) Daily Mail, the ex-CDC chief of the United States, Dr. Thomas Frieden, made that conclusion.
This was something I have long asserted. You would think that someone would finally put a stop to their ineptness and carnage. Instead the two were allowed opened floodgates to upstate carnage with latent viral curves which may take much longer to run their course before our communities could re-open.
History may some day treat Andrew Cuomo as the “Governor of Death” for what he caused in two entirely distinct regions of our state. I refer you now to preceding posts of these Corona Chronicles to show how correct my concerns have been.
In the meantime it remains critical that you sign and promote our Citizen Petition to Protect Upstate New York and other states from Coronavirus Infections spreading out from America’s epicenter. New York City and Italy are two of the most impacted parts of the world today. We should learn from their failures.