By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
Only by the grace of God am I still alive sending you this message. I remain in New York City where I am advocating for a federal investigation of the Oneida County Sheriff, Family Court and certain judges who engaged in an unprecedented attack upon my free speech. So horrific were their abuses of public office that my life and family were placed needlessly in danger. It is reminiscent of Deputy Kurt Wyman who was also placed needlessly in harm’s way under the administration of Sheriff Robert Maciol.
The public admission of a “leaked” APB to the media by Sheriff Maciol, his deputy who abused security duties to provide free service of process to a private litigant (Kelly Hawse-Koziol) and a Utica, New York city judge who abused judicial office to avenge a public censure by the Judicial Conduct Commission are only the tip of the iceberg. New York’s corrupt Fifth Judicial District is at the center of it all, those attorneys whose livelihoods are being threatened by my reform efforts. There are also those who made defamatory public statements that will face a civil lawsuit when my work here is done.
Recently, New York 22nd District Congresswoman, Claudia Tenney, leaked out her own memo depicting opponent, Anthony Brindisi, as some kind of mobster whose family would react with violent acts upon her staff. She claimed this would occur because his political career was coming to an end (evidently by her presumed victory in November). She gave only vague events and possibilities of retaliation, thereby proving that this was all a scam to dredge up dirt by association and ethnic heritage.
When called to task by the New York Post, Claudia back-pedaled, claiming she did not mean to refer to the younger Brindisi (law partner and Assemblyman), and not even his father who was charged at one time with seven felonies stemming from a drug ring operated from his law office. She was referring to unnamed “thugs” somehow connected to the Brindisi family. The elder Brindisi was a reputed mob lawyer. A young attorney in the same law office was found tied to a chair, gagged and dead in the basement.
Welcome to my home town where I served as city councilman and corporation counsel. Known once as “Sin City,” the abuse inflicted on me for exposing corruption here should not surprise you. When news was “leaked” to the media behind this major man-hunt against me for “child support” (a conscientious attorney never even accused of a crime), there was no concern expressed by Claudia for me as one of her constituents. She knew my ordeal when interviewing me in my home in 2010 as a secondary media representative prior to winning her first election. She knew the stand I was making for abused fathers and non-custodial mothers. But evidently it was only her own interests that were important.
I filed complaints with Sheriff Maciol, the Judicial Conduct Commission and Chief Judge Janet DiFiore in January of this year outlining the crimes committed against me and even predicting what was to come. Not a single one gave me the courtesy of a reply, leading to the logical conclusion that crimes by judges, lawyers and court staff were perfectly acceptable. Under these circumstances, and our Constitution, the citizenry is entitled to fend for itself. That is how our nation began.
Now it is all before the United States Supreme Court. Today, I received notice that my motion for stay filed during the time of Judge Gerald Popeo’s warrant was formally docketed (dated September 4, 2018). It is currently being considered by Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg. It has interesting parallels to the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings with the twist that men are now becoming a discriminated class in America. Indeed the first issue presented asks our high court to take up that very question. You can view the entire petition on-line on the Supreme Court website, search docket, Leon Koziol v Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, et. al. Case No. 18-278.
In closing, I want to thank those around the country who sought to give me support and assistance, most importantly those who combined to make the support payment needed to lift the Popeo warrant. We need to share this post and wage a campaign for accountability never seen before. Corruption is growing at all levels of government while the rest of us who follow the rules are abused as victims. I got no calls from my daughters. The alienation for money waged by their “custodial parent” Kelly Hawse-Koziol would make Satan herself cringe.
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
“You’re standing there with a grin that I would love to come off the bench and slap off your face”
“Mr. Scully (prosecutor) is playing cigar store Indian at the moment.”
“You know what black people from New York City call black people from upstate New York? Country Niggers.”
According to an ethics judge, these comments were made by Judge Gerald Popeo of the City Court of Utica, New York. In 2015, he was merely censured for those remarks instead of removed from that bench by the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct. Now Fifth District Chief Judge James “Bond” Tormey has elevated him to “Acting Family Judge.” This comes after Judge #39 and Judge #40 were disqualified from my 12 year originally uncontested divorce case.
Welcome to Trial Judge #41, a judicial record by most accounts. You have to believe that Judge Jerry “Rocky” Popeo filling the latest slot was a monumental joke. After all, with the violent threats and racist remarks he was prosecuted for, the last thing you would expect a rational court system to do is appoint him as a family judge. Isn’t that the court where domestic violence is being condemned? Isn’t that where African-American fathers are discriminated most, even shot dead five times in the back while fleeing unarmed from a child support warrant (Walter Scott)? What is Judge Jerry doing here?
Imagine if this wanna-be Rocky treated an African-American father this way? (let’s just call him Apollo Creed). He compares Apollo to a “country nigger” and threatens to come off his bench to “wipe that smirk off (his) face?” When Larry Nassar, ex-physical education director of Michigan State University was facing his sentencing for sex crimes, a father of three victims lunged for him across the trial table. He was restrained by court security but never charged with contempt by the female judge because she understood his rage.
But what happens if it’s the judge provoking violence? What if the litigant in the Popeo case accepted Judge Rocky’s challenge to come off that bench and wack him? Who would court security restrain or taser? We may soon find out as I face this pompous judge next week. Talk about domestic violence, provocation and father discrimination! What was the Commission thinking when it released this judge on his own recognizance to put law enforcement in harm’s way? They have families too. And what kind of coward hides behind them in a black dress when making such threats? (it’s a robe only when the person in it acts accordingly.
I have asked the same Commission in a formal complaint to reconsider its decision in light of the misconduct which occurred by Judge Popeo in my own court cases as a civil rights attorney over the years. There is also an effort being started by a veteran U.S. Marine to make a stand against this sort of discrimination and misconduct due to the vast number of daily suicides occurring to his brothers as a result.
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By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
Should you decide to expose corruption in our judicial system, be wary of the immunity which it claims over your First Amendment rights. This immunity and self-regulation power has become so abused that Michigan Family Judge Wade McCree was able to commit adultery in chambers, get a litigant mother pregnant while he placed her adversary on a child support monitor and suffer no monetary liability to his victims.
Now we have another “Acting” Family Judge in upstate New York who threatened a litigant from the bench, was found by an ethics judge to have used racial slurs (“country niggers”) and sent people to jail on serial contempt rulings because they grinned or complained of injustices. Meet Judge Gerald “Neanderthal” Popeo of Utica, New York, a regular standard-bearer for anti-violence groups. Get the details by clicking here.
Because the persecution for my judicial misconduct complaints has become so extreme, I recently filed an extraordinary lawsuit against such judges in New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division. There is little expectation of proper accountability, however, because our courts are self-protecting of their revenues, fees and reputation. They would rather excuse, ignore or rationalize racial slurs and judge revenge than accept the public consequences for their actions like they require of the rest of us.
So what can we do? My lawsuit may shed some light. Here is an excerpt of my arguments before that court which may shock you, but it is a sound position based on my 23 unblemished years as a civil rights attorney and successful cases which recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for my clients. That was before the judicial retaliation began for my whistleblowing activity. These arguments are made to oppose dismissal motions filed by New York’s Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and various inferior judge (respondents) engaged in clear misconduct:
Koziol v DiFiore, et. al.
2) This is a hybrid declaratory judgment and extraordinary relief action brought pursuant to CPLR Articles 30, 63 and 78. It is otherwise authorized by New York’s high court under a “Rule of Necessity” laid out in another hybrid action, Maron v Silver, 14 NY3d 230 (2010). If the Chief Judge and respondents are to be plainly understood by their motions, a hybrid lawsuit filed by predecessor chief judges challenging legislative dysfunction for pay raise purposes is proper, but if those whom they serve seek to do the same for purposes of protecting their children, livelihood and liberties from judicial dysfunction, they are out of line, subject to summary dismissals or even filing prohibitions of the sort demanded here.
3) New York’s judiciary clearly had no authority to direct the amounts or timeliness of pay raises absent diminution. It is a subject textually committed to other branches of government under the people’s constitution. Yet the Maron case was filed anyway, by judges no less, and it is still “the law” in this state. It can only be construed as an unconstitutional scheme to politically influence the other branches through an abuse of our courts. If private litigants endeavored to do the very same thing, they would be subjected additionally to fines, sanctions and even contempt.
4) Both motions have utterly ignored the Maron v Silver case, indeed it is not even mentioned in the joint Memorandum of Law, Table of Authorities. This is because the outcome is already anticipated. There is no neutral and detached arbiter, hence vitiating any good faith effort or purpose for preparing an opposition Memorandum. Ignoring stated precedent is not only unethical but also the tactic employed by most, if not all jurists reviewing this case to date.
5) In my recent book, Satan’s Docket, I have described this tactic as “Orchestrated Law.”It was practiced in the serial rulings which were, in fact, cited in the moving papers, further confirmation of the systemic bias carefully and convincingly laid out in the petition. Both motions have also ignored the precedent seeking nature of this case premised on escalating new facts caused by each biased ruling designed to suppress speech directed at judicial misconduct.
6) The motions continue with their deceptive agenda by totally ignoring salient facts of the petition without facts of their own interposed by any person having personal knowledge. That renders the petition presumptively true for purposes of any summary ruling. Even on technical grounds identified for dismissal, the untwisted facts cannot be silenced on such an extraordinary case. But as practiced here for at least ten years, decision makers have cherry picked only those facts and precedent (if at all) which supports a predetermined outcome and a “law” concocted contrary to our legislated ones.
7) If you don’t mention material facts or egregious misconduct clearly bearing on that outcome, it simply didn’t happen. This results in a monumental fraud upon the public by that branch of government charged with highest duty of protecting our constitutional rights and “justice for all.” If our courts are bold enough to cover up their own corruption, there is no “law.” It is all the justification needed for victims to take matters into their own hands. We can rightfully conclude that we are living in an increasingly lawless society. Proof is everywhere, from the mass murders by a fatherless teen in Florida to the terrorist threats in daily news reports.
8) A simple test which bears this out is the perjuries of judge-appointed child lawyer William Koslosky and the state’s “custodial parent,” respondent Kelly Hawse-Koziol. The record clearly shows that they both conspired to conceal the true residence of my daughters, going so far as to serve a Notice to Admit in November, 2015 attaching a purported electronic notice of child relocation with the address “gmai.com.” It constituted an impossible transmission without the “l” character demonstrable from the face of that doctored confirmation notice. The 35th assigned judge, Daniel King, bent on revenge for my testimony before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, simply vacated the notice without any consequence to either co-conspirator. He did so while a gag order was in place in the last decision prior to his removal.
9) The logical question which then arises is why a lawyer would engage in such clear misconduct. The answer lies in the continuing refusal of our appellate division justices to hold William Koslosky accountable. That failure in duty occurred as recently as February 26, 2018 when Judge Joanne Winslow submitted notice to me declining to sign a show cause order on this case. I am making that application, already served on the parties, a part of this cross-motion. It sought, inter alia, a referral of William Koslosky minimally for disciplinary action stemming from his July 31, 2011 and August 2, 2011 affirmations in support of appeal dismissals.
10) Those affirmations were re-filed one month later in the Third Department after this court’s transfer order. In that particular scheme, Koslosky stated under oath that I sought to reinstate my law license in a family court cross-motion dated March 3, 2011 before later disqualified Judge Pirro-Bailey. It was obviously orchestrated to discredit me as a parent, lawyer and critic insofar as every sane lawyer knows that a law license cannot be reinstated in that court.
11) As the petition and show cause application explained, lawyer Koslosky went so far as to assert factually that I was seeking to “revoke” the authority of this court to decide licensing matters. There was no proof of any of this, but the sworn affirmations remain in the records of both upstate licensing/appeals courts. The effectively ratified perjuries have not been retracted or even acknowledged by any judge to date. My answering affidavit and the ones repeatedly filed here contained the Koslosky sworn statements and entire cross-motion showing no such events.
12) This court cannot deflect by asserting timely recourse to the Fifth District Grievance Committee. Apart from its own duties under the Judicial Code, its appointed Committee has yet to even acknowledge my 2011 grievance against Koslosky and custodial counsel, perhaps due to the simultaneous disqualification and transfer of my disciplinary matters to the Third Department and the witch hunt lawyers there focused on my public criticisms.
13) These standard-bearers of lawyer ethics were allowed to quietly resign without public prosecution of any kind after an Inspector General discovered their falsified time sheets. As the petition explains with sufficient detail and examples, I was not accorded similar favor after more than eight years of license suspension, one year longer than a disbarment period.
14) The Third Department misconduct was not much different prior to transfer when Fifth District Attorney Mary Gasparini submitted a false written statement to her Committee that I had not sought an adjournment to better prepare for a first time prosecution of ten grievances in 2008. This lie, in turn, led to “discrepancy” claims elevating a first time admonition to formal charges and my first one year disciplinary suspension by the Third Department (still extant).
15) The Gasparini lie was fully proven in a March, 2009 motion for discovery and other relief during that prosecution. This court denied my motion in a cursory, confidential decision two months later without any mention of Gasparini’s misconduct. Ten grievances (six later dismissed on their face) comprised this first time prosecution after two decades of unblemished practice. It originated on January 9, 2008, the same day as arguments before Judge John Centra of this court which contained extensive proof of ethical misconduct by Keith Eisenhut, opposing divorce counsel unknown at the time to be a member of that same Fifth District Committee.
16) These grievances were stale for many years as was the one currently prosecuted by the Third Department involving events of 2008. Hence it cannot be said that timely recourse against Koslosky is somehow stale or waived. To the contrary, the intentional disregard and uneven treatment of lawyer misconduct have only left wide open the door for a series of perjuries that have destroyed all aspects of my former model existence over a half century period, including the gmai.com concoction years later. In the face of all that has been presented and accumulated to date, how can anyone conclude that a rational justice system has been made available to me? The notion that an anti-filing order should now be issued is an even greater farce inasmuch as such an order has been effectively in place since January 9, 2008.
17) But that corruption pales in comparison to the one which now confronts everyone involved. If lawyers appointed and licensed by this court can freely concoct facts and lie under oath, anything can be contrived against me as long as my reform and whistleblower activity persist. That entitles me to resort to every manner of personal protection at my disposal.
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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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By Dr. Leon Koziol
Parenting Rights Institute
It’s true, it happened, a story of for the ages, and spiced with court corruption on steroids. We couldn’t have tried to make this event take place. But it did in a place called the Oneida County Family Court in Utica, New York. And the gift was delivered to Judge Scrooge only days before Christmas Eve, 2017. You’ll need a little background to get your own reward from it.
For those of you who have followed my ordeal as a judicial whistleblower, you know how my daughters, livelihood and law licenses were taken from me due to my conscientious stand against my profession. Judges acting like the children they’re supposed to be protecting went ballistic in retaliation for my exposures of corruption. They did so with no regard for law and ethics. I have never even been charged with a crime or unfit behavior as a parent.
You also know how the ethics lawyers in the witch hunt against me were allowed to resign quietly by their appeals court employers for falsifying time sheets without any criminal or ethics charges. And you know about the unprecedented 30 plus trial level judges assigned to my originally uncontested divorce of 2006 who were disqualified for various reasons.
They included my custody judge, Bryan Hedges, removed from my case just prior to his admission of sexual abuse on his handicapped, five year old niece. And just when you thought it was safe to come out, along comes today’s feature on Leon Koziol. com, a parental blog site dedicated to exposing corruption in America’s divorce industry.
My recently released book, Satan’s Docket, continues to entertain readers while educating them to the realities of divorce and family courts from a model father and civil rights attorney who spent 30 years in litigation. What a great Christmas present as so many have discovered through recent orders at www.parentingrightsinstitute.com.
Today’s shocking story could never have occurred unless I so angered certain judges with my public disclosures that they went ballistic with their retributions and abuses of judicial office. You need to share this with media, organizations and fellow victims not so much for my sake, no one is seriously supporting me anyway, do it for your families and children.
As yesterday’s post reported, I filed a parental equality case in New York Supreme Court. One day after its filing, on December 15, 2017, I was summoned to appear before the 40th trial level jurist assigned to my originally uncontested divorce. That’s right, forty (40). I’m not making this up any more than my pedophile custody judge or his replacement Daniel “Kangaroo” King who allowed a fabricated PhD and Master degree into the record for purposes of imputing false income. He did so for retaliatory support incarceration in 2013 after I reported court corruption before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption.
Now the name of our latest villain is Natalie Carraway, and I have no idea where this support magistrate came from any more than the security guy did who said she had come to our local family court just for me. How truly “honored” was I. Anyway, four days earlier on December 11th, I had appeared before Kangaroo King’s replacement judge, James “dweeby” Eby of Oswego, New York Family Court. It was a first appearance on my show cause petition for holiday parenting time filed at least one week before Thanksgiving.
Of course, the dweeb had no intention of “granting” me father access to my daughters after nearly 1,500 days removed from their lives. He was assigned by Syracuse Judge James “Bond” Tormey (Morin v Tormey family court “espionage” case) to harass me with every possible abuse of judicial office. The Jimbo twins were determined to discredit my professional reputation and public message of reform at any cost.
After telling me to pound salt, the dweeb was interrupted during proceedings by that security deputy. He came in uninvited and asked this Oswego judge if he could serve me with a support violation petition then set for a first appearance four days later before Natalie “clueless” Carraway. The dweeb replied that it was not Oswego “policy” to allow service of papers in a case not assigned to the presiding judge but because it “may be” policy in Oneida County, he ruled that I was “served.”
We were then excused from his deliberations but I refused to accept service on grounds that I was intending to challenge “service by mail” in the separate support case, a mode of service requested by the “custodial sociopath” Kelly Hawse-Koziol on the face of her sworn petition. Because such petitions feature warnings of arrest and incarceration of up to seven years, that’s right seven years, on their face, I was not expecting “corrective” service by a court deputy assigned to security.
More importantly, I wanted to obtain a ruling to invalidate this unchecked practice of mail service given its clear violation of due process and devastation to victims such as Walter Scott. You might recall him as the unarmed dad in South Carolina shot dead in the back five times while fleeing a child support warrant. His family recovered $6 million for civil rights violations (the latest form of “child support”).
But how could Judge “dweeby” Eby know any of this? He was not assigned to the support case. And now he unwittingly became a witness to the service issue and therefore subject to (yet another) disqualification (always blamed on me, the innocent victim). Of course my adversaries, known and unknown, will endeavor to “sweep this all under the carpet” using every lame excuse possible. Or maybe they just don’t care about “law and order” anymore. We got to get this guy, Leon Koziol, out of the way at all costs, legal or illegal.
To my surprise, the security deputy was still pursuing me outside the courthouse to serve me again with the same papers even after Eby’s ruling that I had already been served. Now how close did this pursuit come to the one which resulted in the murder of Walter Scott? The only thing which separated our fates was the mood and mentality of this sheriff deputy who managed to barge into an unrelated (custody) proceeding and take control of it. Stay tuned! It gets better!
Between the dweeby proceeding and clueless one of December 15, 2017, I had the parties named in my state Supreme Court case served properly with my complaint. I did this with a privately retained process server. We had to travel hundreds of miles over a two day period to serve New York’s top judge in Albany, and judges Eby and Tormey in Oswego (Lake Ontario) and Syracuse. It cost me hundreds of dollars to comply with “the law.”
All that was left to serve in my newly filed lawsuit at our December 15th support hearing was the “custodial sociopath” and Clueless Carraway. We got the sociopath, Kelly Hawse-Koziol, in the court lobby and then my server joined me in the back of the courtroom before Magistrate Natalie Carraway. She progressed through the usual formalities.
That’s when I learned that my custodial adversary was now represented by her sixth attorney employed by Social Services (while she was earning nearly $100,000 annually as a tenured Frankfort-Schuyler school teacher receiving $45,500 in tax free child support only two years earlier, again under threat of incarceration to a debtor prison).
When the subject of our next appearance came up, I logically raised the mail service challenge and in-court service by a sheriff deputy assigned to court security. But my ordeal never ends when it comes to shocking events. Clueless Carraway informed me from the bench that she had taken it upon herself to investigate the service issue already (before I even raised it at our first appearance now underway).
Magistrate Carraway had secured the transcript of Judge Eby’s custody proceedings at public expense when it was my adversary’s legal obligation to do that at her expense for purposes of proving proper service. More bizarre, Judge Eby would eventually become the appeals judge in her support case and therefore tainted as a biased witness to proper service.
Hey this is New York, don’t try to figure it out. In my lawsuit, I explained why judges and experts could not understand my ten year ordeal, but stick with me anyway. It’s for your own good. You’ll just have to trust me on that. Judge Clueless announced that she was accepting her colleague Eby’s ruling on service while selectively excluding the county policy question which preceded it.
That’s when I responded with the chaos that would follow from her precedent which I was certain that no judge in my (Oneida) county would adopt. I asked Clueless to imagine what our system of justice would be like if any court security deputy could simply interrupt any court proceeding to serve papers for a private party in a separate case. An angry Carraway was unmoved as presiding judge here. And that’s when her world was rocked.
If that was her firm precedent, I asked her to accept service of my state Supreme Court summons and complaint which named her as a defending party by my process server seated in the back of her courtroom. She made me repeat that question as it was evidently beyond her comprehension that a judge could be served by a litigant while deliberating on his case.
But come on man! This is exactly what had occurred to me in Judge Eby’s courtroom four days earlier and she had just ruled that this was an acceptable mode of service. Utterly discombobulated, Clueless Carraway finally replied that she was going to conclude this first appearance and attend to matters in chambers (this was her only case and she was probably intending to consult her assigning judge, James “Bond” Tormey about it all).
But our needless wait in the court lobby for Carraway’s exit had its fateful benefits because the deputy was enticed in the meantime to respond to our casual inquiries about what had just happened. He gradually disclosed that he had been contacted by an Oneida County family court clerk (only minutes after my arrival for Eby’s hearing and Hawse-Koziol’s observed entry into that clerk’s office) to serve papers for someone. Deputy Dummy replied, “sure, why not” while abandoning his security post for this purpose.
Deputy Dummy then confirmed that he had no idea who this service was for and that he was not being paid for it. After all, that would be double dipping and likely the crime of official misconduct inasmuch as he was already being paid a wage for public safety purposes. Making matters worse for him, he also conceded that he was not a part of the Sheriff Department civil division which by law must charge a fee for such private purposes.
I could go on and on, but you probably know where I’m going with all this now. That’s right, the same state Inspector General who caught my ethics lawyers falsifying time sheets. After all, imagine the liability consequences if a violent event erupted in the court lobby while Deputy Dummy was preoccupied, uninvited, in closed proceedings where no one was in danger. Judge Tormey’s chief family court clerk recovered $600,000 just for being directed improperly to conduct “political espionage.”
This was also a nail in the coffin for my state Supreme Court case against Dweeby Eby, Clueless Carraway and James Bond Tormey. Can a better case be made for gender discrimination practiced by those who apply public dollars and special court privileges to give free process serving to a custodial mother while dad is required to pay for his? Shouldn’t we “lock her up” along with all the others who do this?”
There’s much more to come. Stay tuned!