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By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

Since “Acting” Family Judge, Gerry “Scary” Popeo, issued his retaliatory support warrant against me on August 22, 2018, and since Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol  admitted to an unlawful publication of a secret bulletin, and since a trigger-happy traffic cop in Albany, New York made a “shoot on sight” threat, I have become privy to information that should make every American real scared of our government.

I’m not Roger Stone, fortunately I look nothing like him, although a child support sting operation at my home in 2010 does comes to mind. I’m also not a prison escapee or murder convict, and I have never even been accused of a crime. Yet that is the way I was treated as an unprotected judicial whistle blower. If they could apply such efforts to crime prevention, our people would be so much safer.

I was viciously targeted for one reason, and one reason only: I was threatening a lawyer gold mine in our nation’s divorce and family courts. In my home county of Oneida near Syracuse, New York, the economy is one of the worst in the country. Lawyers here would go bankrupt if they were unable to orchestrate needless controversy between moms and dads for profit.

My news conferences, public forums, editorials, published books and constant posts on this site, http://www.leonkoziol.com exposed family court for what it was and remains, a dysfunctional operation which exploits children for money. In response, I have caused people to avoid lawyers, prefer mediation and counteract this lust for lucrative conflict (or “annuity payments” as one lawyer described his clients.)

Consequently, that meant less money for divorce and family court lawyers. When you look at the latest saga of my 12-year ordeal as a judicial whistle blower, the horrific events make more sense. The pieces fall quickly into place. You might think that a victim who lost his daughters, licenses, livelihood, stellar reputation and nearly his life would simply run or surrender.

However, as I saw it, when those charged with the highest duty of safeguarding our Constitutional rights abuse them instead for money, it was time for a model citizen to make a profound stand. Much younger men out of high school sacrificed their lives for these rights overseas. With a life well lived, I felt that this was the least I could do in their honor on the home front. Indeed, when you learn the full back story, you will easily conclude that I was given no other choice.

Since the time that warrant was lifted due to a rescue loan, I have been approached by numerous “insiders” with compliments and respect for the stand that I took. Over the past six months, the information I received was unsolicited. Now their “verdict” may really surprise you, but for good reason I cannot disclose the names of those I did know.

Many were total strangers. One lawyer disclosed that many law enforcement officers did not want to enforce Scary Gerry’s support warrant. In contrast, a Utica cop solicited a bartender to notify him should I arrive.  Another retired lawyer (law clerk for a judge) commended my principles. A sheriff deputy reversed his opinions after soliciting “the other side” and full backstory, concluding that he supported me 100%.

The list goes on, and I’ll only disclose a few more. A group of off-duty police officers required no backstory. Knowing what goes on when forced to arrest so many dads for a civil debt, they simply went out of their way to shake my hand while exiting a restaurant. Another county deputy supported my stand out of sympathy for the many “good” dads they deliver and guard at the county lock-up.

Many corrections officers and fellow law enforcement fell victim to the same discriminatory court system with one Utica police investigator, Joseph Longo, taking his life and that of his ex-wife upon exiting support court. It left four children without parents and the city police department with a $2 million wrongful death liability. Because discriminated dads do not get active in reform efforts, the carnage continues, leaving me in the undesirable condition of a one man fighting machine as a Florida talk show host described me.

In further support of my cause to benefit law enforcement and parents alike, a retired family court clerk stopped me at the Turning Stone Casino to state that he had read my book, Satan’s Docket, cover-to-cover, and my description of these courts was very  accurate. Even as recently as this past weekend, a retired town cop expressed dismay that I was still alive and talking to him after all they had thrown at me. Warning me not to get a “big head,” he concluded that only a “brilliant” person could have survived this long. I replied that I was lucky to have a head at all.

The trigger-happy Albany cop could not have known any of this when seven patrol cars surrounded my targeted vehicle on the night of August 30, 2018. They also could not have known that the only danger they faced when harassing my driver was his criminal record. As a former client, child support prisoner, father’s rights activist who I saved from suicide, he had been acquitted of assaulting an off-duty police officer and was on probation for a later assault conviction.

At the scene, it was learned that he had an outstanding support warrant despite completing a six month term only two years earlier. The rural county Sheriff Department declined the request to pick him up, presumably because they knew the controversy in neighboring Oneida County and did not want to get mixed up in it. My driver was released after he continued to resist disclosing my location while cuffed, chained and interrogated alongside Interstate 87 for hours. He was released contrary to a drunk driving claim as the reason for the stop.

Ironically the cop who put them all in harm’s way committed misconduct in the process leading to the Popeo warrant. That misconduct tarnished the entire process much like prosecutorial misconduct would negate a conviction. It was never properly addressed by his superiors. On January 18, 2018, I registered a citizen complaint with Oneida County Sheriff “Baby Bobby” Maciol. Afraid to upset his self-loving, public image, this PUBLIC SERVANT did not have the decency to even respond. Today, more than one year later, I am still waiting even after follow-up confirmation of receipt by his personal secretary.

In my complaint, I detailed how Maciol’s subordinate deputy had abandoned his security post at the request of a female court clerk to serve the support violation petition on me during a separate custody hearing. Even the out-of-town presiding judge noted that such service was contrary to policy in his home town family court. By abusing his security duties, this deputy and female clerk  not only jeopardized the impartiality of the court, they deprived the Sheriff civil division and taxpayers of the service fee prescribed by law while placing the public at increased risk in the courthouse.

The amount of misappropriated services or fee  should not matter here. In 2005, I successfully defended a Utica city worker at a criminal jury trial. He had been charged with a felony after using a city gas card for a $16 reimbursement two hours after his termination by the City of Utica. We went on to recover $80,000 in federal court for the malicious prosecution taken in retaliation for his public exposure of executive raises.

At the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption hearing at Pace University, I compared his $16 felony arrest to the $70 billion stolen by Bernie Madoff to illustrate how the foxes were guarding the chicken coop (Madoff was a securities regulator). I made this comparison to illustrate how lawyers were guarding their client coop in family court. Within three months of that testimony, a referenced family judge concocted a “prohibited alcohol related gesture” (a wedding toast) as a reason to end contact with my daughters. That travesty has remained in place for five years.

The “protected” security deputy is the same deputy who contacted me by phone in late August to “turn myself in” on Popeo’s support warrant despite seeing first hand all the targeting and provocation exerted against me during eight months of proceedings, the same deputy behind a one-sided secret bulletin which featured buffed and shirtless photos of me from this website in a scheme to make me appear dangerous. Missing was all the misconduct and a vengeful judge blaming me for a public censure regarding judicial misconduct issued against him by the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct on February 12, 2015.

Judge Gerald “Rocky” Popeo should have been removed from the bench instead of a mere public censure based on findings of racial slurs, violent threats from the bench, and unlawful confinements of men for such things as a facial smirk. I’m not making this up. And he is a Utica city judge never elected to county family court who “somehow” managed to get assigned to my family case after the custody judge was forced to disqualify himself following the deputy service fiasco. That deputy was behind the secret bulletin which his boss, Baby Bobby, admitted publicly had been “unlawfully leaked” to the media, thereby placing distant police officers in harm’s way on an Albany interstate.

If you are an Oneida County deputy, and you have read this far, you may obtain a personal benefit from this saga. The short of it is that you are being used to make lawyers rich while being deprived time and resources to prevent real crimes. Compare the misconduct of this deputy to the crime of Official Misconduct at section 190 of the New York Penal Law. I have in my possession the relevant court transcripts.

All indications are that this security deputy was never charged or disciplined (I don’t know his name but Broccoli comes to mind). During my years defending law enforcement in disciplinary hearings, including large recoveries against the same Oneida County Sheriff Department, I successfully used disparate disciplinary treatment to obtain favorable federal court rulings. Baby Bobby may have set a precedent which you or your attorney might consider helpful in any disciplinary matter elsewhere in the Sheriff Department.

More importantly, such a protected deputy sends the message to our citizenry, and the real criminals, that cops are “above the law,” giving the good cops a bad reputation. That encourages people to take such “law” into their own hands. Oneida County Deputy Kurt Wyman was killed in the line of duty under Sheriff Maciol’s watch. Baby Bobby authorized or ratified a shoot on sight order using dummy rounds against a father holed up in a garage. He was there long after the alleged domestic violence victim had left. That man returned the fatal shot when time and competent negotiation could have prevented it.

Every citizen has a right to defend himself or herself against a violent, unlawful arrest. Rodney King’s highway beating in the nineties comes to mind early in my career as a civil rights attorney. But my situation was becoming more like the murder of Walter Scott in South Carolina on April 4, 2015. He was shot dead five times in the back unarmed while fleeing a child support warrant. Like me, he committed no crime but could not obtain employment to satisfy ever escalating child support debts. Such debts continued to accrue even during prior terms in these debtor prisons.

I’m not African-American, but I am treated with similar prejudice based on my successful race discrimination cases over the years. I also won gender discrimination, sexual harassment and false prosecution cases on behalf of women over the same two decade period but that was all forgotten when I needed help as a discriminated male parent in Oneida County Family Court. I addressed national media at the Walter Scott funeral and made some headway shifting public opinion from race to father discrimination inasmuch as a white and black officer were indicted.

A New York Times reporter (Robles) wrote a powerful story about the inhumane and revolving door jail treatment of fathers in South Carolina’s family courts. But three years later, nothing has changed just as I predicted in a June 14, 2015 report to the Justice Department. On the cover of that report, I predicted that I would become a victim like Walter Scott. I just never imagined how exact it nearly became. Only fate caused me to be absent from the vehicle that was being targeted at a toll booth in Albany.

White victims do not receive the same media attention as black victims which made my situation even more ominous. Also shocking, the warrant issued against me was based on a violation hearing in which I was able to show that the New York Support Collection Center (with a secret location in Albany) had not credited me with $45,500 in child support payments made in 2015.

I discovered the fraud in a payment history report which was offered belatedly into evidence but later rejected and never provided to me after my discovery in court. For all I know, it may be shredded by now, but it enabled the “custodial parent,” her free social services attorney, and biased support magistrate to “prosecute” and demonize me for twice the actual amount, a whopping $89,000. This was designed to guarantee incarceration for my exposure of court corruption. Indeed, to date, that “discrepancy” has not been corrected as I await the next round of attack.

As emphasized in the video series above, if they can do this to a prominent attorney and model parent, imagine what they can do to you? I have submitted reports to Congress, various oversight authorities and law enforcement to open an investigation into my ordeal and the widespread corruption which it exemplifies in our nation’s divorce and family courts.

I have also been organizing a Parent March on Washington and Lobby Initiative on May 3, 2019 to promote this investigation along with a congressional hearing based on the vast waste and abuse of federal funds sent to these courts. As the volunteers grow in number, I will release a proposed agenda which can be discussed during an upcoming nationwide conference call. Please join us for the sake of your own children, families and future generations.


Contact Event Sponsor, Parenting Rights Institute, at (315) 380-3420 or me directly at leonkoziol@gmail.com.

How can Chief Justice John Roberts proclaim integrity after refusing to hear judicial accountability cases?

Dr. Leon Koziol and fellow family court victims after a 2016 news conference at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

By Dr. Leon R. Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

In a recent public debate regarding political bias in our federal courts, Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer unwittingly supported Donald Trump by agreeing that many of our high court’s decisions “seem highly political.” Schumer was adding his views to that of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts who publicly rebuked the president by denying any politics in our high court. He proclaimed that “what we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal rights to those appearing before them.”

Never mind the grammatical peculiarity of that statement, his rebuke of Trump is contradicted by his consistent refusal to hear judicial accountability cases submitted to him throughout his long tenure as Chief Justice. In my own efforts to expose and rectify judicial corruption over the same period of time, I sought review seven times. All were denied without comment. These cases presented subjects ranging from family court gag orders to a pedophile judge removed from my custody case and ultimately from the bench altogether (Bryan Hedges).

As a general rule of ethics, judges should avoid public comment particularly on cases which are under consideration or which may ultimately come before them. An example where a violation of that rule got out of control is when Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg conducted a series of news interviews in 2016 against then private citizen Donald Trump. She did so before he earned his party’s nomination and it sucked her into an elevating extrajudicial controversy. Even the liberal media condemned her antics, and it compelled me to file a motion for her disqualification in Koziol v U.S. District Court (Gary Sharpe), Case No. 15-1519 (2016).

At first the motion in a case then under consideration could not be found ten days after receipt. Upon further inquiry, the properly filed motion was located by a court clerk but treated as a “Suggestion” by the judges. It was never ruled upon. This was a judicial accountability case (extraordinary writ) which sought to open our federal courts to parents victimized by constitutional violations in our nation’s domestic courts. It also sought First Amendment protection for judicial whistleblowers and websites promoting Donald Trump’s candidacy. By denying writ on that case, the issue of judicial integrity in our nation’s highest court was avoided.

I sought to test that proposition by following with a case that challenged the composition of the court as ineffectual under Article III of the Constitution. The current nine-member court has only three more than it did in 1789 when the Supreme Court was created. At that time, our nation’s population was less than 4 million, the justices traveled by stage coach to their chambers and the law was delivered on parchment paper. Today our population is over 300 million, travel can be accomplished faster than the speed of sound and decisions are issued globally in a fraction of a second. Writ was denied in that case too (Koziol v King).

Most recently, I presented a case docketed by the same high court on September 5, 2018 which sought to condemn corruption that was rampant on my support and custody cases (and those of other victims), Koziol v Chief Judge DiFiore, Case No. 18-278. A motion for stay was denied by Judge Ginsburg without mention of the earlier undecided recusal motion. A supplemental brief followed to emphasize the life threatening consequences arising from a judicial whistleblower denied all legal protection over a ten year period. The brief was accepted but the entire case was denied the next day. Now how can it be that Judge Ginsburg, found snoozing at an Obama state of the union address many years ago, could have reviewed the case personally without so much as an adjournment?

This brand of judicial integrity and commitment forces people to seek relief elsewhere for constitutional violations. When the judicial system breaks down as severely as it did in my case, and that of countless others in our divorce and family courts, the victims take matters into their own hands. Domestic violence escalates, mass murders and suicides grow, worker productivity declines and our societal problems magnify many times over. In place of self-help remedies of the violent kind, I have developed a self-representation program designed to reduce court costs, promote parental integrity and get the victims out of these courts as quickly as possible for the true “best interests” of our children.

It is urgent that you share this message, promote my program to help finance reform efforts and earn a $50 finder’s fee with every purchase. Order it yourself now on this site!

Best regards,

Dr. Leon R. Koziol

(315) 796-4000


Dr. Leon Koziol submits report to Senate Judiciary Committee seeking criminal investigation of family court corruption

Before and after this October 11, 2018 meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dr. Leon Koziol discussed his recent report regarding court corruption with several key members. Each one committed himself and senate staff to a review. Hopefully it will lead to a long needed federal investigation of our state family courts.

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Parenting Rights Institute Director, Dr. Leon Koziol, has just returned from a week long trip to Washington D.C. He has been lobbying the Senate Judiciary Committee, House Oversight Committee, Justice Department and others for a federal investigation and committee hearings on the subject of judicial corruption in our nation’s family courts. He hopes other victims will join.

At the center of his effort is a report describing his Supreme Court petition docketed on September 5, 2018 entitled, Leon Koziol v Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, et. al. Case No. 18-278. That case relates the ten-year ordeal of Dr. Leon Koziol as a trial attorney and model parent with a request for judicial whistleblower protection. All documents are accessible on the Supreme Court site.

Depicted graphically throughout this website, Leon Koziol.com, his ordeal dwarfs the one related to the same Judiciary Committee by Dr. Blasey Ford during the recent confirmation hearings. Newly seated Justice Brett Kavanaugh will now review the Koziol case featuring claims of discrimination in our family courts, judge corruption and the targeting of men everywhere. 

The horrific mistreatment of this whistleblower climaxed this past year to include violations of law, procedure and government policies in a clandestine effort to literally kill a highly qualified reform messenger. Oneida County, New York  Sheriff Robert Maciol admitted that a secret police bulletin was improperly leaked to the media, one which led to a verbal “shoot on sight” order by a town patrol cop. It was compared to the police murder of Walter Scott on April 4, 2015. Unarmed and fleeing a child support warrant at a traffic stop, this dad was shot dead five times in the back leading to a $6 million settlement.

Sheriff Maciol has ignored Dr. Koziol’s complaints since January regarding the targeting of his free speech, parenting and due process rights, making him complicit in a conspiracy to violate federal law. The volatile situation which this has triggered can be compared to the needless killing of another deputy under his command, Kurt Wyman, during a domestic stand-off.

In the Koziol case, a subordinate deputy was reported for abusing court security duties, providing free service of a support summons as a favor to a court clerk, and depriving taxpayers and sheriff civil division of the fee prescribed by law. In a comparable case successfully defended by Dr. Koziol followed by civil rights recovery of $80,000, a city employee who abused his position in a similar way was quickly charged with a felony.

Dr. Koziol’s formal request for a federal investigation was discussed personally with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, some of the same ones featured during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. That process alerted the public to our third branch of government which is neither “above the law” nor immune from accountability under our Constitution.

As relevant here, and set out fully in Dr. Koziol’s report, the violations of our federal rights can elevate from civil to criminal status. A key example is “Operation Greylord,” a federal sting operation regarding judicial corruption in Chicago. Also cited in the report, it led to indictments of 93 civil rights violators that included 17 judges, 48 lawyers, 10 deputy sheriffs, 8 policemen 8 court officials and an elected politician. Nearly all were convicted. One judge committed suicide and another died in 2011, one year after his release from prison.

These are the federal criminal statutes relied upon in the Koziol report supporting a comprehensive criminal investigation of his horrific ten-year ordeal:

Title 18, section 242 of the United States Code provides as follows:

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both;

(A)nd if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

Title 18 section 241 of the United States Code provides as follows:

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or if two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—

They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

Free speech, due process, equal protection and the fundamental parenting right were all crucified here. As always, Dr. Koziol needs your personal and financial support after losing everything behind this worth cause. That cause is benefiting parents, families, children and future generations at great risk to a conscientious whistleblower and court reformist. Kindly share this post with your congressional representatives, media and other contacts.