Unbelievable you say? Unless the New York Times is making this up, it’s true!
Followers of this judicial corruption site, Leon Koziol.com, may already know that its sponsor, civil rights advocate, Dr. Leon Koziol, has had his law license suspended for nearly nine years. Never even accused of a crime, the suspension traces itself to a conscientious stand against his profession regarding father discrimination, federal funding abuses and corruption in our nation’s divorce and family courts.
On May 22, 2013, ethics lawyers stated in closed proceedings regarding reinstatement that they would oppose his applications so long as his complaints and public criticisms of our courts continue. Only weeks later, they were forced to resign after a state inspector general discovered that they had been falsifying time sheets. No public charges, criminal or ethical were brought against these standard-bearers of attorney ethics, and they continue practicing law (Torncello, Devane and Zayas).
Now comes a feature story in today’s New York Times regarding Stanley Cohen, an attorney known for his representation of police murderers, terrorists, members of Hamas, Al Qaeda and even a convicted son-in-law of Osama bin Laden. Recently released from prison for tax evasion, he has now been returned to the practice of law by the same court system which has kept Dr. Koziol in a state of turmoil and limbo. Attorney Cohen quickly returned to representing shady figures.
A full page article with Cohen’s half page photo outside his Catskill Mountain home is found on page A18 of the October 22, 2018 edition of the New York Times. The article was written by Corey Kilgannon, and it presents a quintessential paradox between good and evil in the courts of New York. A child support debt was orchestrated through a destruction of Koziol’s livelihood with the same earnings level as practicing attorney to set monthly support payments. One family judge (Daniel King) fabricated a college degree for alternate employment to keep those payments beyond a manageable level.
And only weeks ago, a fraud was committed when the state support agency failed to credit Leon with a $45,500 support payment in 2015. An acting family judge, Gerald Popeo, was publicly censured for misconduct by the state Judicial Conduct Commission, and he later issued a jail order while denying a timely court transcript which shows that fraud. It resulted in a “shoot on sight” threat by a traffic cop who targeted a vehicle driven by a Koziol assistant.
Yet no one in government seems concerned about any of this, leaving the victim to fend for his life as best as he can. The moral of this story is that First Amendment does not apply to our third branch of government, the same one that seized the power to interpret our supreme laws under the Constitution.
Dr. Koziol is now petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court for recourse and to prevent ratification of this human holocaust through high court inaction. Share this message and Dr. Koziol’s latest corruption report with your Congress representatives, media and fellow court victims. If you can help, call Leon personally at (315) 796-4000. Because when they can do this to a model parent, lawyer and citizen, they can easily do it to you or your loved ones.
I know this post may shock some of you, blow your mind, whatever, but as a parent and American citizen, you need to read it, share it, make it viral, and overcome the censorship which surrounds it. I’ve not communicated with my followers for some time because I did not want to alarm family members or friends about events accumulating recently which have now placed my life in serious danger.
You might say, I am a “dead man walking,” and I will be contacting the United States Supreme Court tomorrow morning to discern, perhaps for the first time ever, whether there is any court procedure to protect a citizen from a “kill on sight” order issued verbally by a traffic cop against me for a child support debt. As fate would have it, I have a petition pending there along with a motion for a stay of the proceedings which caused all this (before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg).
Some of you may recall former Georgia state senator Nancy Schaefer. She was supposed to be a featured speaker at a parenting rights convention in our nation’s capital along with me in 2010. She never made it because she was found mysteriously dead along with her husband of 52 years in her home. She had been exposing family court corruption no differently than I have been. It is literally a trillion dollar industry that is destroying families and our moral fiber as a nation.
Today, my hours may also be numbered. For the time being, I have found a temporary place of safety. Hence, I can now explain what is truly going on in connection with a story leaked to WIBX radio in upstate, New York last week. Concerned parents have called from around the country offering support. Some have asked me to surrender to a so-called “child support” warrant issued by a corrupt, Utica, New York criminal judge assigned as an “acting family judge” to my custody and support cases. His name is Gerald Popeo.
Don’t bother trying to figure out any of that jurisdiction or assignment stuff. Even New York’s bar association condemned a justice system in our state which features 11 trial courts in contrast to our largest state of California which has only one. But hey, such complications are highly lucrative for lawyers even if it means murders and suicides among the people they incite. And that leads me to this horrific event exposed for the first time.
On Thursday night, August 30, 2018, at approximately 9 pm, at the toll booths of interstate 87 and 90 near Albany, New York, a former client and friend was headed northbound toward Lake George, New York in my black truck (H-3 Hummer). He was quickly pulled over by a patrol cop. There was no real traffic issue, he was likely tagged by a registration, computer-generated, sticker on the windshield, having been accused of erratic driving, failing to signal, etc. Talk about citizen monitoring!
Anyone coming through that maze of intersections knows how ridiculous such charges would be, and he was also cited with speeding, 66 in a 55, coming out of those toll booths. For at least two hours, this man was berated and threatened with multiple felony charges because the registration came back to my name. He was required to disclose my location based on some sort of “all points bulletin” depicting me as a dangerous suspect (of nothing at all because it related to a civil child support debt).
These Albany guys were relying on an Oneida County deputy sheriff-initiated phone conversation. What they were not told is that my statements (long present in my court papers) were premised on a logical belief that I was being set up for a violent arrest (more on that shortly.) I would never resist a “lawful arrest,” but that’s not how it was portrayed in an “All Points Bulletin” of sorts that was, as stated, sadistically “leaked” to the media.
At one point, it was learned that the driver had a child support warrant of his own, but the applicable law enforcement agency (Lewis County bordering Oneida County) refused an offer to pick him up. This was likely based on a realization that the situation was getting way out of control. I mean, after all, weren’t there real criminals somewhere to be focused on with our tax dollars?
Judge Daniel King in that (Lewis) county case was the same person who caused this driver (and me) to lose our children, in my case to facilitate substitution by an unfit, childless millionaire who went so far as to nearly run me over with his black cadillac last summer (witnessed by a nearby restaurant manager). You may have heard the stories of at least two New York Supreme Court judges who were sent to prison on child custody bribery charges (Albany’s Thomas Spargo and Brooklyn’s Gerald Garson).
The driver was finally released despite all the felony threats. When he finally reached me, the story he told would make any free world citizen cringe. How ironic it was that I was proudly wearing an NYPD shirt when he described his ordeal. It had seven patrol cars and one in cop in particular who threatened him with all sorts of harmful consequences unless he led them to me. The others apparently did not correct him when he stated that they would “kill on sight” regarding that APB put out against me for this money debt. He also accused the driver of trying to protect a “cop killer.”
Remember Walter Scott? Probably not. That’s because, often times, when the “black lives matter” movement comes around in the media, they conveniently leave him out of the serial carnage. Yet he is the worst case from all the other killings. Walter was running, unarmed, from a child support warrant at a traffic stop in South Carolina. He was murdered by that traffic cop and shot dead in the back five times. If not for a cell phone video by an unseen by-stander, no one would have believed the story.
While everyone at Walter Scott’s funeral (I was there) tried to make it a race issue, the funeral pastor saw it differently. He blamed it on these draconian child support enforcement practices. No one cared, no reform resulted from this dad’s needless murder. The family recovered $6 million in a wrongful death lawsuit but how did that help his little ones spend the rest of their lives without their loving father? Is murder by a traffic cop the newest form of “child support?”
Our government learned nothing from the Walter Scott murder, Thomas Ball’s self-immolation or the family murder suicide in Astoria only a few weeks ago. To prove that, I am today, literally a “dead man walking.” I may be dead only minutes from now because I will not surrender to the corruption of our courts any more than Martin Luther King did with his “Letter from Birmingham jail” or Susan B. Anthony did who refused to pay her fine for the crime of voting in a congressional election.
What’s the chance that the courtroom named after Susan B. Anthony in Rochester, New York is the same one where my law license was suspended in 2010 for refusing to pay “sexist” child support. Even now, well into the 21st century, our Census Bureau continues to report that nearly 85% of all parents paying child support are men, 90% of (antiquated) “custody awards” go to women, and nearly 100% of all parents sent to a debtor prison for so-called “child support” are men.
I want to thank all of you who have offered me assistance. We have the dubious distinction of having the most imprisoned population in the “free world,” all for the sake of money (i.e. kickbacks to judges in Pennsylvania for prison construction contracts that landed juveniles falsely in prison). I have retained a video regarding the foregoing incident and sent it to three people for my personal protection. Every minute now may be my last, but it was a sacrifice which needed to be made.
For “the record,” the APB thing originated from a telephone conversation initiated by a security deputy at the Oneida County Courthouse in Utica, New York. Out of concern only for himself due to his unlawful conduct, he asked me to surrender myself to Gerald Popeo. I don’t even know this deputy’s name but his manner of treating me like a common criminal incited my emotions. I’m wondering if he ever offered such privileges to other dads who simply failed to appear for a family court hearing on a money debt.
Anyway, this is the same guy who was asked by a family court clerk there to serve me with the support violation summons which is now leading to my imminent death. He did so to benefit Kelly Hawse-Koziol, the so-called “custodial parent” of my two daughters. This deputy sheriff abused his court security duties by interrupting a separate custody proceeding to serve that summons. Meanwhile I was required to pay for such services through the same deputy sheriff’s civil division.
What’s even worse, the support magistrate, Natalie Carraway, who recommended the Popeo-approved six-month child support incarceration, failed to rectify a $45,500 tax-free child support payment I made in 2015, making the whole support debt a fraud upon the court by the robotic state “Child Support Collection Center.” Gerry Popeo allowed an adjournment to obtain the relevant hearing transcript showing that fraud, but curiously, two stenographers that I hired for that purpose, changed their minds for its production.
In short, the entire family court was placed on the side of my adversary with no concern from any judge, supervising or presiding. Did this deputy not commit a crime by abusing his assigned duties and stealing from taxpayers what they were entitled to at the Civil Division of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department? I made all the appropriate complaints to New York’s Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, the court administration and Sheriff Robert Maciol, even following up with phone calls where my complaints were acknowledged (in January of this year). As of this publication, I have yet to receive the courtesy of a reply.
As for the judge who issued my “death” warrant, Gerald Popeo was censured by the New York Judicial Conduct Commission on February 12, 2015 for physical threats made to litigants from the bench and unlawful (civil contempt) jail sentences. A Commission judge concluded after hearing the evidence that Gerald Popeo had made jokes while on duty to an African-American attorney that “downstate blacks refer to upstate blacks as country niggers.” He should have been arrested by court security for his threats and thrown off the bench for his racist remarks. Instead he was given a mere censure which he blamed, in part, on me as a “witch hunt.”
Gerald Popeo was recently assigned to my support case as revenge and to complete the persecution for my public criticisms of these courts. Coupled with my twelve year divorce ordeal, it is all sufficient for me to conclude that I have been targeted for physical injury in an unlawful arrest. By law, I have the human right to defend myself as Rodney King could have when he was nearly beat to death on a roadside in California. Robert Maciol, his deputy, Gerald Popeo, Daniel King and others must be held accountable for my death should that occur.
As for attention-deprived, Kelly Hawse-Koziol, she is obviously enjoying all this. She could end it all by simply withdrawing her demands for money but she seems to literally want “blood.” This has nothing to do with any child’s “best interests.” I cannot pay gender biased “child support” after all my means for obtaining income were taken by the state’s judiciary and child support machine. The people need a federal investigation into my case. All I ask now is for my daughters to contact me so that I can say good-bye. You girls were always my whole life while it existed.
By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
Before continuing with this latest post on judge corruption in our nation’s divorce and family courts, I would like to say Hello to all the judges, lawyers, doctors, professors, investigators, commissions, national and local news reporters, and even New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore who may be monitoring this website, Leon Koziol.com. Confidential informants continue to report a growing number of “fans.”
Many of you are friends, others are bent on revenge, and most are seeking information or assistance. If you’re new to this site, opened in 2010, you’re in good company with more than 6,000 followers from Europe to Hawaii. This will be a “breaking news” post you will want to make viral because it is yet another shockingly true story. As we have assured time and again: “You just can’t make this stuff up.”
Judge Gerald Popeo is a racist and pompous judge who managed to keep his job in an upstate New York city court despite a battery of ethics charges brought against him by a prosecutor, public defender, an African-American lawyer and court victims before the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct. Because its proceedings are secret, we cannot tell you how many complaints he has faced during nearly two decades on the bench.
On February 12, 2015, Judge Popeo was merely censured by that Commission instead of removed, although to his credit, the Commission Chair, Thomas Klonick, dissented. He voted to sustain the findings made by a hearing judge concerning those charges of using racial slurs as a judge. They included at least two depictions of a prosecutor acting like a “cigar store Indian” and another, to an African-American attorney no less, where Popeo “joked” that New York City black people refer to upstate black people as “country niggers.”
That’s not all, the charges and findings that were accepted included temper tantrums and serial contempt citations without the requisite warnings and due process protections. In one case, evidently copying some of the movies that Gerry has watched (i.e. “My Cousin Vinny”), Judge Popeo sentenced a man to five successive thirty day periods in jail for each facial gesture or comment about the lack of justice in his courtroom. Only after getting a phone call from his chief administrative judge, James “Bond” Tormey, did he reduce the 150 day sentence.
But among the “injudicious” acts which the Commission did accept for public censure, the one which was most disturbing is a violent threat from the bench made to another litigant in his courtroom. After noting a grin on his face, Judge Gerald Popeo, evidently assuming the mantra of judicial Rocky Balboa, warned that he “would love to come off the bench and wipe that smirk off your face.” The Commission could not excuse this street thug remark because those in the same court could hear it clearly and it was recorded by a court stenographer.
But it gets better (or worse depending how entertained you are by Judge “Rocky” Popeo). After the litigant was excused and exiting the courtroom, a different kind of grin caught Judge Rocky’s attention. So he summoned him back for a contempt sentence because, in his delusional mindset, this poor sap “gave (Popeo another) nice big smirk …. as if to say, blank-you judge.” Seriously Sylvestor? Even the real Stallone might have you committed to a mental institution.
As a lawyer and litigant in Popeo’s kangaroo court and many others over a thirty year period, I have made all sorts of grins, objections and human expressions which could fall in the Popeo contempt playbook. And now this judge has been assigned to my custody and support cases as an “Acting Family Judge” in a court he was never elected to. How’s that for domestic violence prevention and our children’s “best interests?” You women better not grin in Gerry Balboa’s boxing court.
Yes you read that correctly. After my family court matters were assigned to remote courts at Lake Ontario and near the Canadian border, with 150 mile round trips to receive decisions already written, Judge James Bond has now assigned a judge only a few miles from our (parent) homes who threatens violence. Welcome to Trial Judge #41 assigned since my originally uncontested divorce was filed 12 years ago in 2006, a judicial record by most accounts.
It occurred after the Oswego and Herkimer judges recently stepped down. Judges #39 and #40 gave no reason, and I was given no notice of their disqualifications, but they came after my complaints to oversight authorities. Those published complaints focused on their unauthorized back room involvement in each other’s separate cases to orchestrate unlawful service of a support summons threatening as much as seven (7) years in jail. That’s more than violent felons and child molesters get. My pedophile custody judge Bryan Hedges (look him up) got no prison time!
I had been challenging service by mail on the face of that summons and petition because it leads to innocent non-appearances or fatal law enforcement for money collection purposes. A sensationalized example is an unarmed African-American shot dead five times in the back while fleeing a support warrant at a traffic stop in South Carolina (Walter Scott).
When I became one such victim of a non-appearance, an earlier support magistrate corrected the human error over the phone in 2012. But not Gerry Balboa. He was on some kind of mission given to him by his boss Judge James “Bond” Tormey who assigned all the other 40 trial jurists to my family court cases. He did so in a manner which mirrored the retributions inflicted on a chief family court clerk which resulted in a $600,000 recovery against “Bond, James Bond” in federal court for her refusal to engage in Tormey’s “political espionage.”
Again we don’t make these things up here at Leon Koziol.com. Look it up at Morin v Tormey, 626 F.3d 40 (2nd Cir. 2010). Shameless Tormey was neither removed from his position nor did he resign from the bench. With my full page advertisements and editorials published over the past few months in Syracuse, Utica and Watertown, New York mainstream newspapers, testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, and continued exposure of rampant judicial misconduct nationwide, the retaliation elevated to unprecedented levels in Oneida County Family Court on March 3, 2018.
On that day, I made it clear that Gerry had better not threaten me with violence and most assuredly, he had better stay put on his bench. For the reasons that follow, I knew this was beyond question a contempt by ambush and an unlawful act of attempted imprisonment which a citizen has a right to defend against in such an extraordinary case. Think of it as a Rambo One movie with the corrupt cops replaced by corrupt judges.
In my reports I compared the judicial gang assault inflicted upon me for so many years to a Rodney King beating with the fists and batons replaced by orders and edicts. If Gerry decided to confront me physically and unlawfully under the protection of our court security, it raised the real question of who they should taser. Who was the real criminal here with this focus on domestic violence in these (family) courts? What would Sylvestier Stallone do if he was real in this environment?
While depicting my discrimination and First Amendment motion papers as “rants” without so much as a first court meeting or argument, Rocky Popeo joined his predecessors in denying me parent-child contact since my 2013 testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. He did so without any finding of unfit parenting, criminal charge or child protection report. Meanwhile “rehabilitated” heroin addict moms and life term prisoners were being reunited or allowed contact with their children.
Not mentioned was Popeo’s conversation at a golf and country club during one of my client cases or the unsolicited “rant” he gave me in the presence of a key witness last summer at a local bar. He accused me of some involvement in that censure prosecution. I had no such involvement, no obligation to answer his “rant” anyway, but he was obviously moved by my history of litigation success on behalf of African-American victims in his court, federal court and Utica city government.
That history included former “black” Public Works Commissioner Stephen Patterson and his pastor father who I represented and recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars as a result of law enforcement targeting and wrongful discharge, i.e. Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (2nd Cir. 2004). Judge Popeo was obviously making a connection between my civil rights advocacy to the racial slurs which nearly caused him his judgeship.
In another case, Mr. Patterson, who had never seen a jail cell, was imprisoned by Judge Balboa in 2010 for non-appearance on a series of nuisance and city ordinance violations. I was not able to represent him then due to the ethics witch hunt already in place, so Steve got front page news after attempting suicide upon discovering that a belt had been placed in his cell while dazed and asleep.
Ultimately he was found “not guilty” on all charges by a jury, and I won yet another ruling for him in a federal civil rights case later that year for police and city harassment. As hard as it may be to believe, I won it while suspended because the papers were prepared by me beforehand and no qualified substitute lawyer could be found.
Rocky Popeo persisted in his beliefs that I had somehow influenced his public censure. He even inquired whether I had filed a complaint against him regarding his eviction ruling upon my former law office the same year as that censure. The current judge assignment should never been offered or accepted on grounds of revenge and prejudice alone. Such persecution has now required resort to natural laws for my protection. I am no Rambo, but I finish the fights that others start without provocation or genuine lawful authority.
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It must have been an alluring editorial in the Syracuse press because law firms are now running ads around the on-line version, commentary is growing by the minute, and a link at the bottom of the article takes the reader directly to our website at Parenting Rights Institute.
Founder and director, Dr. Leon Koziol, author of this editorial, continues to make headway with mainstream media to expose and reform corruption in our nation’s divorce and family courts. His column in the mainstream newspaper, Syracuse Post Standard, was published today, Friday, February 16, 2018 in its on-line version at Syracuse.com. The print version is expected this Sunday or Tuesday.
Entitled, Whistleblower: NY courts are bloated, inefficient and unaccountable. it can be viewed at: http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/02/ny_courts_are_bloated_inefficient_unaccountable_your_letters.html. Or you can simply look it up at Syracuse.com, hit the three-line menu square on the upper left side, scroll down to “opinion” and it’s the third editorial down (as of 3 pm).
Given the rarity of public criticism directed at our judicial branch of government, and eye opening content of this publication, it’s a wonder it was published at all. But this one is getting a ton of supporting commentary, further proof that it is a subject which has been long suppressed. Indeed, one irate mother contributed what seemed to be a thousand word summary of her ordeal, and a father cited court corruption which might otherwise never make the news.
Another column with lesser 400 word content was published by the Watertown Daily Times on February 9, 2018. This mainstream newspaper near the Canadian border covers northern New York and the sprawling Camp Drum military base. That column can be viewed by typing Leon Koziol in the newspaper search bar. It is entitled, Tormey’s column hides judiciary’s troubles.
Finally, one day earlier, on February 8, 2018, in the central New York metropolitan area known as Utica-Rome, another column by Leon Koziol was featured in the form of a full page advertisement. This costly alternative was made necessary by the regional newspaper’s rejection of an editorial comparable in size to the Syracuse publication. Such censorship was overcome by a half page depiction of a nationwide epidemic entitled, Houston, we have a problem. And it’s in Congress, the liberal media and our courts. The complete rejected editorial was then published in the lower half of the same ad. You can look it up at Observer Dispatch (print) and OD.com (on-line) versions.
All three editorials were triggered by a commentary in the same newspapers authored by Fifth Judicial District Chief Judge James Tormey. This is the same judge who assigned some 40 trial judges to Leon Koziol’s originally uncontested divorce and was successfully sued by a chief family court clerk for $600,000 due to Tormey’s retaliation for her refusal to engage in “political espionage,” Morin v Tormey, 626 F.3d 40 (2nd Cir. 2010). And his co-defendant in that federal lawsuit was Leon Koziol’s custody judge, removed from his case, and later the family court altogether, upon admitting to sexual abuse of his handicapped, five year old niece, In re Bryan Hedges, 20 NY3d 677 (2013).
In the prior Judge Tormey column published in all three major newspapers of the Fifth Judicial District, a glowing report was given of divorce, family and other courts in connection with the Excellence Initiative sponsored by New York’s Chief Judge Janet DiFiore. It was therefore crucial for the public to receive a counter-point to this report, a shocking reality check even if a paid advertisement was required in one of them. The largest of these newspapers by far was the Syracuse Post Standard and today’s feature gave links to Leon Koziol’s cited reports and Parenting Rights Institute which he founded in 2010 and continues to direct today.
Please share this message and support our cause at http://www.leonkoziol.com and http://www.parentingrightsinstitute.com. You can also call our office at (315) 380-3420 or Dr. Leon Koziol directly at (315) 796-4000. Learn from an expert who sacrificed a lucrative career as a civil rights and trial attorney for over two decades to reform this corrupt family court system. Dr. Koziol’s recently published book, Satan’s Docket, continues to grow in purchases and popularity. Order your copy on line now. We hope to have more positive news for you moms, dads and court victims in coming days, so stay in touch.