An Open Letter to Sylvester Stallone and the Expendables in Support of Fathers

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Dear Sylvester Stallone:

We enjoyed your movie series “The Expendables.” This open letter builds upon that theme by alerting you to a real life story involving “expendables” in our nation’s domestic relations courts. I refer of course to good fathers relegated to that lower class of citizen known as a “non-custodial parent” and made to exercise an archaic form of parenting known as “visitation.” Such an exercise is more appropriate for prisons and funerals, not children and families.

An insidious trend continues to develop across our country whereby fit and loving fathers are marginalized, alienated and even removed from their children’s lives in order to feed a trillion dollar government industry. This industry thrives on orchestrated conflict, needless litigation and federal incentive grants that reward judges, lawyers and our state governments based on the number and magnitude of child support orders manufactured in these courts. Such orders are dependent upon an unequal scheme of parenting classifications and otherwise threatened by any shared parenting law routinely suppressed by political insiders and bar associations.

It is a trend which requires heroic action of a different kind. I am very respectfully asking you to assemble a team of celebrities in support of a fathers rights cause which could awaken our nation to a serious epidemic with lasting benefits for generations to come. To that end, I have released an extensive report based on my experience as a father and trial attorney which contains an action plan for a fathers day rally in Washington D.C., a writ before the Supreme Court filed the same week and a political action committee which requires financial support. Entitled “We Are Fathers,” it is being shared among high profile figures and the public generally over the viral internet.

I am a civil rights advocate who spent more than 23 years successfully litigating David and Goliath cases on behalf of women, children, minorities and land owners, among other victims of government abuse. When I turned my energies against my profession by seeking family court reforms, an ordeal ensued which reads today like a John Grisham novel. Here is one excerpt from my report which illustrates why my public message, informative website and reform efforts are being targeted contrary to First Amendment protections:

“If you are not yet convinced of the critical need for action and financial support, consider the fact that there are   approximately 300,000 lawyers in the state of California alone with as many law school candidates as there are practicing attorneys nationwide. There is no end in sight to this glut of lawyers entering the market on an annual basis, and the least qualified ones typically end up in family court. This is where apprentices learn their trade and marginal lawyers can instigate lucrative controversy to last an entire career. It begets a host of forensic additions to the mix by request or court order, including psychologists, law guardians and social workers, all in the business of dictating how our children are to be raised on vague, conflicting or utopian standards.

Accountability is as nonexistent as the number of malpractice cases arising in these tribunals. In the medical profession, a surgeon who performs needless operations for profit is discovered through an objective review process. In family court, when a lawyer performs a needless hearing for profit, there is no similar review, no real measure for competent performance. The all-encompassing child’s “best interests” can be satisfied by any half baked participant, and parental alienation is a damage claim that is typically non-recoverable. If you are a person who has not yet been harmed by this system, you pay the price for it in taxes and social costs at the very least.”

Exactly three years ago, actor George Clooney staged a protest in front of the Sudan Embassy in Washington D.C. to bring world attention to the hunger and homeless plight in that east African nation. Here in the states, homeless fathers are being manufactured by an unjust system, and we are merely asking for your support and participation. If you could manage to assemble action hero fathers to produce three blockbuster films, you can become a more profound hero for the ages by doing the same for this vital cause. We fathers have faithfully supported your celebrities: Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damm, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Mel Gibson and others.  Now we need your help.

I will conclude this public appeal by asking all fathers and their loving families to contact these celebrities directly or through their agents to invite greater public support. I will also reiterate a quote taken from a Bruce Willis movie, Tears of the Sun, and an excerpt from my report relating to military and public safety victims:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

                                                                                                            Edmund Burke

     “And so, while our federal government escalates its military involvement around the globe, soldiers are returning to empty homes, child alienation and felony support warrants. I was able to save the life of one such victim from attempted suicide at a parenting convention we sponsored in 2011, but the unsuccessful instances are more telling, see i.e. Purple Heart’s Final Beat, Second Class Citizen.Org (2009). Father discrimination may be the convenient scapegoat for politicians seeking to advance themselves, but as President Calvin Coolidge is quoted: “A country which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.” This message resonates as well with our domestic defenders. Virtually all responders on 9-11 were men entitled to equal treatment under the law. Yet an unpublicized number of fathers became eternally separated from their children and families without any changes to these laws as construed and enforced by our courts.”

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Dr. Leon R. Koziol, Director
National League of Fathers, Inc. & Parenting Rights Institute
(315) 796-4000
leonkoziol@parentingrightsinstitute.com
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Where Does a Self-Governing Society Find the First Amendment Today?

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Parent Alienation in Family Court: A Neglected Public Issue

In today’s news we find at least three parents who lost their children to untimely deaths: a 13 year old boy discovered under a snow pile on his parent’s homestead, a Syracuse University track star found dead in her Times Square hotel room and a woman pulled from her car in a lake. The headlines are predictable. Stricken parents lament their losses as the worst of nightmares.

Yet similar losses are occurring every day in our nation’s family courts.  Through an insidious process known as child alienation, parents are being deprived of their children in order to feed a trillion dollar divorce industry. Time and again our media ignores this vital news story. We are even forced to learn that the New York Times was preoccupied on the same day as these tragic losses with a photo cropping scheme to defraud the public into believing that George Bush was absent from a civil rights rally in Selma, Alabama.

Does First Amendment tampering get any worse than this? As a civil rights advocate who successfully prosecuted numerous cases, this “Scheme at Selma” is no small event for a self governing society. It comes in the wake of an NBC news anchor who falsely reported an attack upon his helicopter, raising serious interferences with national security.  And it begs the question: where do we go today for our First Amendment rights? What good is our speech if the press has seriously breached the trust reposed to it under the same amendment? Where do we get all the news that’s fit to print when the press has joined in the corruption of our government?

It was depressing enough to learn of the arrest of New York’s top Assembly Leader on bribery charges that implicate lawyers, judges and possibly the Governor himself. We know now why he prematurely disbanded his Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. As one of the few invited speakers, I raised the subject of family court corruption but it was suppressed along with the Commission. Then, of course, there is the liberal cover-up of Hillary Clinton’s private government. That’s a lot of corruption for the American public to digest in so short a time.

However in our nation’s family courts, the corruption may be far more damaging to the average citizen. We take for granted that parents will fight over custody and support of our children and assume that these courts are the proper forums for resolution. But the custody framework is antiquated and highly dysfunctional. It actually breeds needless conflict and bad parents. At least one Supreme Court Justice described these same courts as kangaroo operations and the misconduct is growing here on an alarming scale. In my own work as a parental advocate, I have reiterated the proof time and again through personal experience.

For example, Syracuse family judge Bryan Hedges was removed from my custody case for “political espionage” and from the bench altogether for sexual misconduct upon his five year old handicapped niece. A judge in Lowville, New York was discovered fabricating college degrees in a scheme to impute support income in retaliation for my public criticisms, a Michigan judge was removed for presiding over a child support case involving a mother he impregnated in chambers, and two Pennsylvania judges are doing time in prison for a “Kids for Cash” scandal which necessitated the reversal of 4,000 juvenile convictions. My list goes on, and it reads like a docket sheet in any criminal court.

So where’s the outrage? Where are the people? Where is the modern day Selma protests over the corruption of our children? On March 1, 2015, I released a 25-page report titled “We Are Fathers” in an effort to incite long overdue protests and reform. It is the product of two decades as a trial attorney observing the misconduct first hand and tolerating all I could until my own children were harmed. I can identify with the likes of Curt Schilling when he hunts down the cyber bullies who trashed his daughter, but the average victims of family court corruption have no one to look out for them. They comprise the walking dead in our society today.

On March 18, 2015, I will be starting a speaking tour in Nashville with the goal of sparking a national reform campaign. My report provides startling insights into an insidious trend which is harming our families, health care, moral fiber and productivity as a nation. A six point action plan is set out which invites you to participate by supporting a rally in our nation’s capital this June and by donating the necessary funds to facilitate the campaign. We are currently engaged in soliciting public figures and benefactors to oppose a powerful opposition of bar associations and political insiders. We cannot ignore this project. Kindly give us your assistance today because time is of the essence as our First Amendment continues to  break down in this country. It is time for us to take this particular law into our own hands.

Dr. Leon R. Koziol, Director
National League of Fathers, Inc. & Parenting Rights Institute
(315) 796-4000
leonkoziol@parentingrightsinstitute.com

COUNTRY MUSIC AGENTS RESPOND TO “WE ARE FATHERS” CAMPAIGN

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Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks and Jason Aldean among early Responders to Leon Koziol’s “We Are Fathers” Project in Nashville

As followers of this site know, Parental Rights Advocate Leon Koziol will be in Nashville this month to promote his recent nationwide reform initiative “We Are Fathers.” On March 1, 2015, a 25-page Public Initiative Summary was released which describes a serious “fatherless crisis” in America today together with a six point action plan to bring shared parenting and accountability to our nation’s divorce and family courts. It was quickly shared with celebrities, public interest groups and major potential benefactors across the country.

On March 18, 2015, Dr. Koziol will begin his promotional tour in Nashville sponsored by an attendee of the Family Law Reform Conference held in November at our nation’s capital. In December, this person responded to a home exchange proposal by offering to accommodate Dr. Koziol in Nashville to meet with family reform advocates. We have not been able to divulge all of the details behind this developing venture but can now state that we are seeking to open our nation’s very first fathers’ outreach center in that city. This center will provide diverse victims with personal support of the kind which no therapist, lawyer or government servant can.

To that end, Dr. Koziol has been talking directly with agents of industry, business, public interest groups and celebrities. In less than a week, he has been able to get promising responses from some unexpected confidential sources. In Nashville, he has focused on business people, country music agents and such groups as the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Anyone who has followed our work knows that Dr. Koziol has been censored, targeted and punished by the state for his free speech, hence the First Amendment Center was yet another good reason to start this campaign in Nashville.

Today we bring you a startling contrast between responses from a number of country music agents. We begin with Miranda Lambert. Regrettably, her agent advised that she would not be able to help fund the “We Are Fathers” project but she was professional and complimentary of our funding request:

“Hello Leon, Unfortunately we have to pass on participating in the promotion of We Are Fathers. As you may know, Miranda is a big dog lover and spends a lot of time on that charitable endeavor. Due to the high volume of requests we receive of this nature, all worthwhile of course and impossible to decide which ones to be able to make happen, we feel that her efforts are most beneficial by focusing her time on her MuttNation Foundation and other animal related charities as they are closest to her heart. All the best. Dara Foutch.”

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Another response comes from The Greenroom. This is the agency which represents Country Music Singers Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks and Jason Aldean. After discussing our worthy project with agent Kristie Sheppard Sloan (Her Email Address), a one line response came the following day:

“Hi Leon. To be honest, I don’t believe any of our clients apply to this situation.”

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The word “apply” caught our immediate attention because it was difficult to give it any sense. Was she saying that the three singers we were focused upon had no father interests? Could it be possible that Kristie, their agent, was not representing them properly given all the fathers who are their loyal fans? To help answer such questions, we looked a bit further into the singers’ backgrounds to learn of some startling contradictions. On the very day that agent Kristie Sloan was sending us her peculiar one-liner, Kix Brooks was being honored later the same evening with the first-ever CMA Foundation Humanitarian award at an event held at the Nashville’s City Winery. According to one beneficiary of his many public service causes:

“Kix doesn’t think about why he shouldn’t do something, he thinks about why he should.”

This comment at the event came from Victor Sansone, CEO of Operation Finally Home, a charitable organization committed to building homes for our injured war heroes. It is a cause which can be compared with ours insofar as “We Are Fathers” is highly focused on providing shared parenting homes for our returning soldiers. Yet somehow, according to Kristie Sloan anyway, Kix Brooks does not apply. How can she know this on the very same day as such an award? We were focused on Leon “Kix” Brooks III because of his background as a loving father, his radio program which promotes patriotic causes and recent film successes.

Next we took a closer look at Dierks Bentley to discover that he too was a curious subject for a “does not apply” response. As a loving father of three, he would easily identify with parents wrongfully denied contact with their children in our dysfunctional family courts. Jason Aldean has been a long time donor and fundraiser for breast cancer, a gender specific charity which places him high on a list of potential participants in a gender specific cause such as fathers’ outreach. As we continue to grow our campaign, we ask you to contact the three singers represented by Kristie Sheppard Sloan to urge their direct review of the “We Are Fathers” project summary in her possession. We also ask you to get involved at www.leonkoziol.com.

 

HOME EXCHANGE MAY BRING PARENTAL ADVOCATE LEON KOZIOL TO NASHVILLE

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Thanks to some networking at the Family Law Conference in Washington D.C. this past November, parental advocate Leon Koziol may be spending the month of March in Nashville, Tennessee. It all came about when a potential investor of our Parenting Rights Institute responded to our last post regarding a home exchange brainstorm. It was simply an idea for facilitating economic trips to other states for the purpose of advancing mutual reform interests regarding divorce and family court. Although Southern California was the early objective, Nashville certainly fit our objective for visiting a warm climate this winter.

And so Leon will meet with a person whose identity and profile necessitate confidentiality. It is not likely that this person will actually occupy Leon’s home at any time that month, the proposal was simply a way of getting face-to-face discourse underway in the home at the other end. However if we can convince the financier of this visit otherwise, there will assuredly be a lot of excitement generated here in upstate New York. As it stands now, the proposed arrangement is focused on getting Leon to Nashville to address parental issues for a series of meetings. Hopefully mutual benefits will result.

None of this would be possible without back-to-back decisions by two New York Supreme Court judges who, in a very rare move, denied foreclosure on Leon’s home. It gets a bit complicated but suffice it to say, Leon successfully argued that the mortgage on his home was void due to a criminal act on the part of Leon’s ex-office manager and the bank’s assistant branch manager. They had orchestrated a refinance with forged signatures and excess proceeds which were then misappropriated. Both scheming participants in this fraud were fired by each employer not long afterward. Leon’s ex-manager was also arrested and prosecuted years later in another county for representing herself as a lawyer for a “client” in a court of law without any license or degree.

This gets interesting because the illegal transaction further corroborates what Leon has maintained all along, that his ex-office manager had engaged in a scheme with outsiders to orchestrate ethics issues, support arrears and problems leading up to the present day after 23 unblemished years of practice. Court appointments were not placed on the office calendar and mail was diverted or destroyed without Leon’s knowledge. It took at least two years to discover all of the misconduct before a substantial internal report was generated and furnished to law enforcement authorities. While these confidential deliberations were underway, Leon was being exploited by authorities despite his status as a crime victim. A thorough investigation ultimately led to a conclusion that office funds well into the six figures had been misappropriated, hence the support delinquencies.

It gets more bizarre. The bank sought to suppress knowledge of the illicit mortgage transaction presumably for the reason that it might invite regulatory authorities into the mix. Leon was ultimately able to show that neither he nor his ex-spouse was present to sign the papers. Indeed the presiding judge concluded argument on December 18, 2014 by questioning whether the relevant property description was contained in the mortgage. When the bank attorney candidly admitted that it was not, the judge announced that he would return shortly with his decision. Both a receiver for the premises and a reconsideration motion for the foreclosure itself were denied (after an earlier judge decided the same way). None of this is consistent with bank protocols for the protection of our public. Indeed, no competent attorney would have signed off on such a transaction.

If all goes well, the home is free and clear of the entire mortgage and any back support is therefore easily satisfied. Moreover, the clear criminal conduct on the part of this ex-office manager will support Leon’s case for reinstatement and other relief. It sometimes takes awhile to achieve justice and Leon has not sought to carry grudges with anyone. But hopefully things will fall into place now with brighter prospects. There is much more to report but matters are continuing and highly confidential. These events have now opened the door for the home exchange along with an expanded initiative behind our Parenting Rights Institute. We hope that you will look into purchasing our Court Management Program which has helped so many others reduce the high cost of divorce and family proceedings. Visit our site at http://www.parentingrightsinstitute.com.