EARLY BIRD BREAKING NEWS: Racist Judge Censured by Judicial Commission now defended by state’s top attorney in civil rights case. New York’s first African-American Attorney General Letitia James moves case from state to federal court.


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At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019, an upstate New York city judge somehow assigned to the family court case involving a prominent civil rights attorney will issue an arrest warrant to incarcerate him on a fraudulent child support debt. It is expected to occur at the Oneida County Family Court in Utica, New York.

Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol has been exposing corruption in divorce and family courts for over ten years after a stellar career as a civil rights attorney. It led to the destruction of his professional career and father-daughter relationships in retaliation for his whistle blowing and court reform activity.

Among those abusing judicial office to execute on a concerted effort to discredit this principled crusader is Utica City Judge Gerald Popeo.  He caused a warrant and “shoot-on-site” threat by a traffic cop last year. It resembled the police murder of Walter Scott in South Carolina on April 4, 2015, an African-American father shot dead five times in the back unarmed while fleeing a child support warrant.

As a result, Dr. Koziol filed a civil rights case against Popeo and his co-conspirators in New York Supreme Court on August 7, 2019. Popeo retaliated by ordering a sheriff deputy to serve a summons to appear for a child support hearing despite $35,500 in support payments never credited by the state support collection agency.

The goal here is simply to use child support as a pretext to punish Dr. Koziol with incarceration to avenge his supposed involvement in a judicial misconduct hearing against the same Judge Popeo. Here is the famous Footnote 1 of the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct decision of February 12, 2015 regarding Popeo’s shocking conduct while in a judicial robe:

It was alleged that after a court session had ended, respondent (Popeo) asked the lawyer, who is African-American, if the lawyer knew what black people from New York City call black people from upstate New York and when the lawyer responded in the negative , (Judge Popeo) replied, “Country Niggers.”

A hearing judge appointed to hear the evidence found that this did happen. However the Commission which did not hear the evidence decided that it was the only one of the many instances of serious misconduct which was too “50-50” to use against Popeo. He was represented by a white former state judge. The prosecuting attorney recommended removal but the Commission decided on a mere public censure.

You cannot change the spots on a leopard, and because Popeo was allowed to resume the bench as a repeat offender, he was assigned in bizarre fashion as “Acting Family Court Judge” on Dr. Koziol’s support and custody cases in February, 2018. He quickly denied all contact with Leon’s daughters and proceeded to orchestrate grounds for support incarceration in retaliation for that censure.

Leon responded with the state court civil rights lawsuit. Letitia James, New York’s first African-American Attorney General then became Gerald Popeo’s defense lawyer by operation of law.  This now creates the unprecedented situation of a “New York City black” in Popeo’s category referring to “upstate blacks” as “country niggers.” At the time of Popeo’s racial slur, Letitia James was the Public Advocate of New York City.

In a highly unusual move, Ms. James filed a removal notice this week which immediately transferred Dr. Koziol’s civil rights case to federal court. The removal notice is reproduced here and provides the first major victory for aggrieved parents seeking to hold state judges accountable for constitutional and human rights violations in federal courts.

Such courts routinely dismiss domestic cases out of deference to state court “expertise.” Soon we will know whether this racist judge issues his arrest warrant and jail order against this model dad and parent rights advocate who sacrificed everything for his precious daughters and parental justice in these courts.

The removal places an automatic restraint on the state court proceedings until a federal judge can rule. But it is expected that this rogue, rude and racist judge will press forward regardless. You can keep up with Leon’s crusade by contacting him directly at (315) 796-4000.

Enough of the insanity! Let’s finally pull together and support Dr. Leon Koziol in this vital cause to protect parents legally residing in America.

(Koziol Complaint Dated August 7, 2019)

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(Utica city court judge Popeo censured)

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(Bullying Utica judge censured for calling lawyer a ‘cigar store Indian,’ but cleared of racial epithet)












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.

Nationwide Support Growing for Federal Criminal Investigation of Family Courts

Knocked down, beat up and nearly killed, I’m still standing, now in the halls of Congress seeking to elicit a federal criminal investigation of corruption in our nation’s family courts. The persecution by judges, lawyers and county sheriff has only increased my resolve to give abused moms, dads and children justice for all their needless suffering.

Parenting Rights Institute

Today, PRI Director, Dr. Leon Koziol, continued with his quest to elicit a federal criminal investigation of corruption in our nation’s divorce and family courts. An upgraded report was submitted to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer after last week’s personal interactions with Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. A copy was also submitted to a highly intrigued reporter of the Associated Press.

In only two days, highly enthusiastic support has come from across the country by phone, e-mail and our thousands of Facebook followers. Most are highly informed victims who “get” what Leon is trying to do. A special thanks to all of you from our volunteers at Parenting Rights Institute.

We need a groundswell of support behind a lobbying blitz in Congress. Pontifications from keyboards in the comfort of our homes is accomplishing nothing. Feel free to contact our office at (315) 380-3420 or Dr. Koziol personally, wherever he may be these days, at (315) 796-4000. Below is an excerpt of his upgraded report which may be of great value to those who doubt the reality of court corruption. Kindly share it with all.


The petition and record in Leon Koziol v Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, et. al. provide all the necessary support for a federal criminal investigation of the civil rights abuses found throughout a ten year whistleblower ordeal. The case exemplifies or exposes a national epidemic supporting a separate congressional inquiry into federal funding abuses in state family courts. The Supreme Court site under docket number 18-278 offers a petition, appendix, stay motion and affidavits at the end to verify the foregoing and to alert the public of a crisis in federal law violations. 

If these highly uncontested facts are insufficient to draw the interest of our federal authorities, such criminal statutes are meaningless for those who do not satisfy traditional victim status. A white male parent raised in poverty conditions whose own father spent five years in a Nazi war camp should not have to endure all the man-hating prejudice which surrounded the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process. That process has now taken father discrimination to unprecedented levels. A back-lash of severe proportion is pending because our halls of justice continue to pretend that dads, victimized only by their birth status, are getting fair treatment.  

Related to this, judicial accountability is routinely overlooked based on an elite presumption of superiority. Yet it is easily countered by such events as a federal sting operation (Greylord) involving judicial criminality in Chicago during the 1980s. 93 people were indicted after an undercover investigation by joint effort of the FBI and state law enforcement. They included 17 judges, 48 lawyers, 10 deputy sheriffs, eight policemen, eight court officials and an elected official. Nearly all were convicted of crimes ranging from bribery to mail fraud and racketeering. Three committed suicide including a state judge. Another died in 2011 shortly after his release.

More recently, a predecessor of New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore was sent to federal prison for extortion and false reports to FBI agents during an investigation of complaints made by the judge’s mistress. He also directed taxpayer financed court clerks to harm the law license interests of the attorney who was assisting the victim and her daughter regarding those crimes. Ex-New York Chief Judge Sol Wachtler directed a horrific campaign of crime, ultimately conceding in a subsequent book, After the Madness, that judges were trained to think of themselves as gods. 

Brooklyn judge Gerald Garson was convicted for accepting a bribe to fix a child custody case. Upstate Judge Thomas Spargo sought a bribe behind a threat to harm a lawyer in a divorce case. In the Pennsylvania “kids for cash scandal,” two judges were sent to prison for accepting bribes from detention center construction contractors. Some 4,000 juvenile convictions had to be thrown out by the state’s high court whose own justices have been the subject of misconduct in recent years. Judge Wade McCree of Detroit was removed from the bench after he impregnated a mother litigant in his chambers. The father was placed on a child support monitor. He sued for compensation but was denied relief in federal court based on judicial immunity. The list goes on.

On September 18, 2018, the New York Post featured a story about petitioner’s Congresswoman, Claudia Tenney, who sent a memo to her staff warning of “thuggish” retaliatory behavior connected to her opponent. Claudia was present in petitioner’s home in 2010 prior to her first political victory when the current reform effort was announced. Her opponent, Anthony Brindisi, is a state assemblyman, attorney, law partner and son of Louis Brindisi, a reputed mob lawyer charged with seven felonies during the 1990s for operating a drug ring out of the law firm’s offices. A lawyer there was earlier found tied to a chair and murdered in the law office basement. The underworld activity here was the target of a federal sting operation during the 1950s. It was all well depicted in a Utica, New York newspaper series by Rocco LaDuca entitled “Mob Files.” 

Attorney Louis Brindisi escaped with a misdemeanor plea after he began releasing the names of all prominent people who attended his law office parties. He never lost his law license. This is the same community where this petitioner maintained an unblemished law practice until it was destroyed by a secretary influenced by outside parties to sabotage office calendars, pilfer bank accounts and conceal client material to create ethics violations. Her crimes were discovered in 2009, but local police and prosecutors failed to act on petitioner’s criminal complaints. She was convicted of felonies upon later law office employers and sent to jail in 2016.

The victim now petitioning for a federal investigation has been accumulating evidence to show that an illegal drug operation remains alive and lucrative in the Utica, New York region. His ex-secretary was a loyal and efficient employee for years until she began boasting of parties she attended where cocaine was being abused by all. She also began a gambling addiction at Turning Stone Casino supported by a clandestine law practice finally ended with petitioner’s assistance in 2012 by her arrest in another county. After her 2009 firing by petitioner, it was learned that she had developed ties to certain lawyers for purposes of harming this whistleblower’s career.

Editor’s Note: Those lawyers are exposed in the report.