We are living in an increasingly litigious society. There are over 300,000 lawyers in New York and California alone with as many attorney candidates as there are those in practice across the United States. That’s a lot of lawyers seeking work. But in divorce and family court the participants are creating their own employment at your expense through needless, lucrative and contrived controversy that has generated no accountability.
Everyone is adversely impacted, from the innocent child to diverse employers who suffer the health and productivity consequences in the workforce. It is truly a silent epidemic suppressed by bar associations everywhere. You need to learn more about it, identify the issues as they affect you and improve the condition of your home, family, workplace and community. You need to sponsor Dr. Leon Koziol, Director of Parenting Rights Institute, for a speaking engagement or consultant for your organization or personnel department.
Here you get the real deal. They have done everything they could to censor this vital reform message and yet Dr. Koziol has persevered. Together with fellow consultants and staff we offer non-lawyer services to a variety of persons and entities. Church groups can gain immeasurable insights. Our professional background is detailed elsewhere on this site together with our services that include investigation and research of court corruption.
Dr. Koziol brings together a diverse and accomplished background for your benefit. As a published author, he has provided valuable writing and editing services for those who wish to share their ordeals with the world. A Court Program was developed over a period of years to assist others contemplating or already engaged in litigation. It is designed to avoid costly disputes and is available on this site as well.
Mediation services and litigation alternatives are highly recommended. If we cannot do it we will recommend a party near you. Such unique assistance is provided to victims of the court process because lawyers are not inclined to do so out of a fear of professional retribution. Such fears are understandable based on Dr. Koziol’s experiences after 23 unblemished years of practice in federal and state courts.
Therefore, he and his associates are able to develop strategies to suit victims from around the country. Tell us your issues and objectives, and we can provide a course of action based on many years of professional writing, drafting, lobbying, trial and appellate court experience. Often times, parents who choose our services include their lawyers in our strategy sessions.
We have helped organize rallies, conferences and parenting conventions while joining those who seek reform through network publicity and website development. Each case calls for a different approach using a wide range of proven or creative means. Call our office for a free consultation at (315) 380-3420 or Leon direct at (315) 796-4000.
Sorry that I have not posted a column on this site in awhile. As followers of Leon Koziol.com know, I have spent the past month on assignment in far away places. In San Francisco, I worked with moms and dads to promote public awareness of divorce corruption at the Super Bowl. We’ve seen all the focus on breast cancer and other worthy causes. Now it was our turn to be heard.
Then it was on to Hawaii where the bulk of my time was spent working on a book which is expected to be published soon. Starting as a sort of autobiography, it has now matured into a joint effort upon our Justice Department to investigate the abuses of Title VII-D funding in our nation’s divorce and family courts. More important, it is a mission to unite all parents behind an anti-corruption movement so that vast harm to our children can be prevented.
Rather than tell you about our work here, I have elected to leak our first chapter for your next read. You should digest the short text which follows to gain valuable insight on a growing epidemic. Hopefully you will help us spread the word to other victims, parents and injured families. Hopefully you will join a movement that is sparking interest across the country. Hopefully we can secure a proper place in the presidential debates and elections issues.
The new format came about unexpectedly as I got to know my book client better. A bit apprehensive about the invite at first, looking back, it made all the difference in the world, indeed a world of difference between what is and what might have been. But hey, let’s be real, who wouldn’t accept an invitation to Hawaii in the middle of winter? President Obama’s birthplace is a truly spectacular paradise.
The character in this opening chapter is fictitious because the real victim has asked to remain anonymous until formal release. There are reasons for this. Some of them you will find in your read. As a published author with two decades of experience as a trial attorney, I have applied relevant skills to voluminous transcripts and court documents, interviewing witnesses and distilling it into a marketable product. Some of the added intrigue will be obvious.
As Alec Baldwin emphasized in his 2008 best seller, A Promise to Ourselves, no one likes to revisit the horrors of their family conflicts in divorce court. Then again that is why the abuses continue and actually escalating at an alarming pace. I get the stories daily from victimized parents around the country. Just when I think I saw it all, another shocker comes along. That’s why I have offered my professional services so that these stories can be properly told, so that reform can finally become a reality. If you are interested in retaining me for your ordeal, contact me anytime.
Leon Koziol @ Parenting Rights Institute. Com
HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A MOM IN DIVORCE COURT (Tentative Title)
Cumulous clouds were progressing resolutely over earth’s horizon as the jet engines signaled their approach to Kuhalui Airport. It was late January but you wouldn’t know it from the topography of this island. Cloaked with emerald majesty, it grew with each thousand foot descent. Only days later I would make a dive through a similar cloud formation riding shot gun in a silver Nissan, a car operated by the person who invited me here.
Okay, that may sound implausible, even insane, but this was no ordinary assignment. It was something intended to reform America’s divorce and family courts, to make them more child- friendly as opposed to lawyer-friendly. It was the making of an odd couple joined by an unquenchable mission for justice, to expose corruption masked by a trillion dollar industry, to intercept every parent before that fateful visit to a law office.
Putting it in perspective, say you received a reliable tip on September 10, 2001 about a squad of terrorists set to board passenger jets the following morning. Would you spend the rest of that day warning authorities or the victims soon to enter the towers? Quite a choice if you had it, but you would be considered a fanatic yourself with either option. At least with the victims you stood a chance of saving real lives, however few you might convince even after the ’93 attack.
That analogy might seem a bit extreme but it aptly described what we were doing. My new client could not have anticipated the horrors of divorce court which awaited her back in 2001, and the number of premature deaths traceable to an antiquated custody system well exceeds the number of parents lost on 9-11. The problem is that there has never been a study to prove this, and the reason for that is the money which this lucrative system generates for lawyers, government and other beneficiaries. Like sheep to slaughter, parents sacrifice their life’s savings here for the logical reason that their offspring are made the prize in a war that so often never seems to end.
The public has been fed an overdose of propaganda behind the propriety of a custody award for countless disputes involving children. Shared parenting and mediation alternatives are routinely crushed in nearly every state by high powered bar associations which have cultivated this gold mine. Their preferred framework is not so complicated despite chapter and verse. Custody is awarded to the parent who could best destroy the other in a barbaric contest reminiscent of the Roman Coliseum while aligned spectators cheer and the government band plays on.
When you stop to think, it really is a barbaric process for a nation which styles itself as a civilized one. And the collective injuries to our schools, communities and productivity are mind-boggling. Politicians are quick to condemn needless surgeries, over-medicated patients, global warming and ever-elusive terrorism, but what about these barbaric courts? Why are they being so protected despite overwhelming evidence of their devastation to American society?
So ours was an ambitious effort to shake up moms and dads, to get them out of these courts before their careers, bank accounts and sanity collapsed before their very eyes. It was a vital cause for families of every kind; traditional, intact, separated or progressive. We had both sustained divorce ordeals at different times in far apart courts with similar outcomes. As a result, she became a born-again feminist and I a staunch traditionalist.
Yes, Cheryl Collins and I were destined to clash or crash like Gloria Steinem campaigning for Donald Trump, two polar opposites out to slay a family court system that excreted injustices like sewers do toxic fluids. And by the way, that car in the clouds. It actually occurred- with a woman driver no less. I’ll explain later. You can read any made-up John Grisham story, or you can gain valuable insight with this one, a real, life-altering challenge that could leave us dead or behind bars.
Everyone peered out of any window in anticipation of the gorgeous afternoon awaiting us. It was a six hour flight, for me thirteen, from New York with a lay-over in San Francisco. Judging by morning conversations in our fuselage, most passengers were tourists. The couple seated behind me was newly married and the row ahead was occupied by a young group of Asian athletes. Across the aisle, well, about the only thing I noted were three babies nurtured by expert moms with no eruptions. I liked those moms, felt almost drawn to convey compliments, but I passed on it as we arrived at the terminal.
Inside, as expected, everything was bright. Sun radiated from giant picture windows. No one exiting the jet bridge seemed interested in any diversions. Restaurants, cafes, boutiques, busy in most other airports, were eerily vacant here. Hardly a note was taken of the Welcome to Maui sign by a herd of primates making a mad dash for the baggage check. I watched momentarily, curious to know how many minutes would be gained before they were stopped dead in their tracks. After all, what can you do while the cargo was being deplaned?
I was not in any such rush. I had hardly slept in more than three days. There were reasons for this, but for now it was necessary for me to visit the rest room. A basic shave, cleaning and shedding of mainland attire would improve my chances of recognition. Sherry had promised a placard to draw attention to her, but it was often difficult to tell when she was serious. My name was not visible in any direction, and that suited me just fine. I needed major overhauls.
A half hour later, I was at the baggage conveyor, recognizing only a couple stray passengers of United Flight 1725. Neither my luggage nor Sherry was anywhere in sight. Only a few items remained on the belt. This situation was new to me. I always found my belongings at numerous airports over the years. As for Sherry, it was more peculiar because the flight was on time, she assured me of her punctuality to a fault and had toiled for a year to get me here. Now that it finally happened, a notion was growing that she had bailed.
Well it could be worse. I might have been at an airport in Moscow or Alaska, maybe even Antarctica given the fugitive status we both suffered at different times of our ordeals, and for the same reasons. Perhaps she got cold feet, maybe she had an accident. Whatever the possibilities that raced through my mind, this was an okay place to shop for new clothes and an excellent escape from subzero temperatures back home. Confident in my resourcefulness, I began charting a course of action.
“So I see they lost your baggage.”
Sherry declared time and again that Maui was a spiritual place, but I never thought she meant to prove it this way. I had just made another 360 degree search for her with no one left to block my view. She might as well have been an angel descending from the high ceiling, standing suddenly beside me to announce my misfortune. Slender, attractive for her age, and wrapped in a white summer dress, she smiled in a manner wholly at odds with that fearless gladiator I had been dealing with electronically, the custody warrior who took on the California divorce system.
I could only conclude that I was meeting Glinda herself from the Wizard of Oz, pleasantly afraid of no one. Then we embraced. Apparently we had met at a parenting convention in D.C., at least that’s what she insisted during our phone chats in the year since. There was a still a trace of that stoic character I had been anticipating. However I was now convinced that we had never met previously. I would have remembered it, angelic indeed. Maybe I got caught up in the hustle and bustle of workshops. Then again maybe she was spinning a web I had never seen before.
Her statement was very “matter-of-factly,” and although I could be mistaken, there was even a cynical half grin directed at my newly discovered predicament, as if Mona Lisa herself knew this would happen. She came across as one who could shift demeanor without warning, suddenly emotionless and creeping up on you like a lioness with body-piercing eyes. You just knew that she could dominate any board room. Well acclimated to life’s complexities, lost baggage was simply nothing to get into a twist about.
“Hey Sherry,” I replied happily and hoping to discount the now empty black belt of the conveyor. “I’m sure it’s still coming out. I was a bit late getting here so we’ll just have to wait. No problem.”
“Yeah, well don’t wait too long. See that sign in the baggage window over there? Recognize anything?”
It took a minute squinting in the direction she was pointing, but there was the anticipated placard with my name on it, not the way I expected, yet undeniable in verifying my predicament. Having experienced this before, Sherry was quick to guide me through. She took charge of the staff inside the reclamation office and they seemed to respond as if the NSA had just arrived. My early impressions of her were being vindicated.
“This is completely unacceptable, Miss (glancing her shirt) Tupalai. My guest is expected to be in court this afternoon, and he can’t do that in khakis and an NYPD shirt, although (turning briefly to me), I like the shirt. Come to think about it, it might scare off some of those stalkers on the beach. We’re going to get him proper attire while we wait on his baggage.”
The attendant came unglued as if her skirt zipper had just busted loose. It was bad enough that some irate local was giving her a scolding but a New York cop, soon-to-be lawyer at her side? This was not good. “We’re on it, mam, it should be here by eight o’clock, and I’ll personally see to it that you get priority. Just give us your address.”
Her nightmare was only getting started.
“Eight o’clock? The judge will be in bed by then. Look I know the FAA supervisor at LAX, he gave me all the protocol I need for this sort of thing. We’ll be making a claim and I want the names of the baggage handlers. It’s well into the 21st Century! How is it these things are still happening?”
“Here’s the form you fill out on the claim,” a visibly shaken Miss Tupalai offered as she multi-tasked the situation. I almost felt sorry for her. After all, none of this was her fault. Then again it was not mine either. I was sort of enjoying this female face-off.
“It is what it is,” Sherry replied with a more lady-like tone. “No time to dwell on it. Here’s my information and cell. We’re going shopping, and I love to shop.”
With repeat apologies that were beginning to appear more like condolences over a dead body, arrangements were made to have my luggage delivered to Sherry’s home. Confirmed on the next plane from San Francisco, it occurred to me after that exchange that my host was abundantly familiar with court rooms. It also demonstrated how easily she could inflame any judge especially when custody over her own child was being threatened.
“Sherry, not for nothing, but I don’t recall any court appearance on our calendar for this afternoon.”
“There isn’t, not yet anyway, but there will be if they don’t get that baggage problem cleared up. This is not the way I expect my special guests to be treated.” She placed an emphasis on “special” while sending an alluring smile in my direction as if there were other surprises in store for me.
“Don’t you think you were a little hard on her?”
“Not at all. Look she’s probably a very competent person, but if you don’t put the fear in them, they’ll get lax on you. You might never see your belongings again.”
We left the terminal with only my carry-on, replete with lap top, electronic devices and modern weaponry intended to wage war on a dysfunctional court system. Sherry had worked long and hard to get me here. She had a singular purpose that only she knew, and it would not be denied. A fifteen year divorce and custody battle had cost her precious years with an only child, fugitive status which took her to countries around the globe and an ordeal which nearly took her life.
It was an ordeal orchestrated behind closed doors, suppressed from accountability and remanded to a twilight zone of obscurity. There were many cases of court corruption I had come across in my years as a trial attorney but none like this. Sherry was the divorce court equivalent of a wrongfully convicted murderer released from prison by the Innocence Project. She certainly deserved a remedy but was entitled to much more, a release from the injustices which had plagued her for so long. Indeed society owed this to her.
My job in this project was to expose Sherry’s horrific journey through a corrupt divorce system so that other parents would not suffer a similar fate. As a victimized father myself, still in the heat of battle, I knew that little had changed since her annulment in 1997. In my reports to the Justice Department, I made the convincing case that it had only gotten worse. Profound investigations would have to be commissioned by our federal government to reverse decades of state sponsored family abuse which it had ironically caused through a funding law.
I also knew our joint mission would invite grave consequences. After 23 unblemished years in the legal profession, I was made subject to a witch hunt by ethics lawyers for exposing misconduct in New York’s divorce and family courts. That “hunt” was so inept that it made Dick Cheney out to be an expert marksman. I reported regular misconduct to their bosses, a high court and its appointed Committee on Professional Standards. They never flinched to give it credence.
A maliciously protracted investigation designed strictly to discredit my reform message drove me to career suicide. As you read on, you will learn of alarming whistle blower activity that was suppressed by these lawyers and mainstream media. At hearings before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, I described my attackers as an “unethical ethics committee.” Before they could retaliate for that offensive but accurate depiction, the chief counsel and deputy lawyers engaged in this witch hunt were fired for falsifying their time sheets.
That’s right, your eyes are not playing tricks on you, the standard-bearers of lawyer ethics fired by their own ethics committee, people charged with overseeing unscrupulous billing practices and orchestrated conflict which have harmed more families than adultery, nagging and domestic violence combined. Like Bernie Madoff, they were the foxes watching the chicken coup. And if you can stomach that, try this: no public charges, ethical or criminal, were ever prosecuted against them.
Now if that had been you or I stealing money from any government agency, let alone a court of law, we would have been sentenced to a prison term. In one of my cases, a city worker was fired for exposing executive raises and charged with a felony for taking a $16 gas card reimbursement two hours later. At the Moreland hearings, I compared my client’s acquittal to Bernie Madoff’s $70 billion crime before he was finally convicted. Instead of setting a proper example, these ethics lawyers were allowed to resign while I sustained far worse retributions for exposing them.
Don’t go away, there’s more, and it’s all true. You can look it up on the internet in minutes. On the domestic side, more than thirty (30!) trial judges were disqualified from my (also protracted) divorce case, one for “political espionage” later removed from the family bench for admitting to sexual misconduct on his handicapped five year old niece. Now there will be a lot of court corruption related in this book, but you have to ponder that last one a bit longer. I was able to keep my young daughters out of a meeting in this judge’s chambers where parents are not allowed in. Countless other parents were not so fortunate. What sort of thought was Judge Bryan Hedges giving to all these little girls over so many years?
Every aspect of my life was therefore being scrutinized when I flew into this airport. Here I was adding to my ordeal with Sherry’s plethora of corruption carefully preserved in a voluminous record. Before getting to that, I had been a main speaker at a parental rights convention in our nation’s capital along with former Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer. Like me she had been exposing vast injustices and had just published a book entitled, The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services. She never made it to the podium due to a highly suspicious murder-suicide involving her husband of 52 years. Did I mention I was writing a book here?
Sherry’s past was no less daunting although I would have liked to know certain details prior to boarding at JFK. There was a main character of our book which could not be avoided, her ex-husband. He had been prosecuted for attempted murder after putting a number of bullets into another man’s body. He was surprisingly acquitted, and during Sherry’s later ordeal, thugs were sent to find her. One of them even pulled a gun on a neighbor in order to coerce her location. Did I mention I was staying at Sherry’s home?
There was another aspect to this book which rendered it unlikely for completion. Sherry announced after my arrival that she might change her mind often about our approach. As she explained it, this was a right derived from her female status. I was okay with that, after all she was paying for such a right. But there was no way I could insert fifteen years of court transcript and documents to meet her demands while making this book appealing to the general public. On one occasion, entire chapters had to be revised. Did I mention that Sherry was a woman?
So that pretty much summed up my predicament on a small island in the middle of the Pacific. Just another day in paradise. With all that I had endured over the years, I began to ask whether I had made the right decision to come here. That question was already answered by the countless family victims beneath my flights from New York to Hawaii. I know what you’re thinking. Why would I risk my career, relationships and life itself over a David-Goliath battle whose outcome was so unpredictable? The answer is the same for all those parents and would-be parents who sacrificed in foreign wars only to return to this sort of human oppression.
For our mission to succeed, I would have to find a way to pierce a shell layered by years of pain and suffering which had protected Sherry for so long. If I was successful, she would become an ideal representative in the court of public opinion. The judges, lawyers and agents responsible for the ordeal you are about to read have long forgotten Cheryl Collins. But she never forgot them, and this was no princess at the baggage counter. It is said that “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” So out the airport we went, into the burning heat of this day, to war with a modern day Satan loosened from the fires of hell.
After promoting a Super Bowl rally for parental equality and court reform in San Francisco, Dr. Leon Koziol left for Hawaii where he was retained to author two books for a mother and father victim of divorce, custody and support court. He is expected to be in Florida next month to continue his work for victimized parents with a goal of making parental equality and family privacy rights a key issue in the presidential elections.
The Super Bowl rally was sponsored by an upcoming group of parents in California fed up with abuses in these courts: http://www.YourParentalRights.com. Messages contained on the various protest signs ranged from “Fathers Matter” to “Stop Family Court Corruption,” and they resonated among the fans entering and leaving a packed stadium. It is hoped that momentum will continue to grow for a rally in our nation’s capital this June.
Dr. Koziol has helped parents make their ordeals known for reform purposes. His manuscripts have become highly useful for sending crucial messages to politicians and news organizations. After a conference with influential clergy in Manhattan last month, Leon is hoping to draw interest from CBS 60 Minutes and other producers where he was once featured. These books play a major role for convincing policymakers and news makers that parental equality and court reform are the paramount issues of our day.
Even if you are not keen to public acclaim, the books he helps publish provide autobiographies for those who wish to “set the record straight” for their children, families and future generations. However it seems that everyone wants to write a book, but only a small percentage ever see a bookstore or book signing event. Stories are a dime a dozen. It takes litigation experience and proven credentials to transform complex ordeals into a marketable publication.
Leon has used his experience to publish such books as his 2014 novel, Voyage to Armageddon, available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other major bookseller sites. He has authored reports, appellate briefs and argued cases before a federal appeals court in Manhattan and other locations. If you would like a fee quote or to offer a proposal for publication, feel free to contact him at his office at Parenting Rights Institute, (315) 380-3420; leonkoziol@ParentingRightsInstitute.com or direct at (315) 796-4000.
All the major work and sacrifice have already been made, everything is legal, no arrests are needed. There is a site permit, an open mike for public statements (west lawn, Senate Park at 2pm) and lobbying efforts throughout the weekend. How much more carnage and Thomas Ball incidents will it take before victimized fathers, concerned mothers and their families become finally recognized as American citizens entitled to justice, due process and equal protection under the law?
Get viral, make your own commitment today, visit us at Parenting Rights Institute and Leon Koziol.com (Dr. Leon Koziol, founder of the march). Momentum is building. Help us contact actors like Alec Baldwin and our representatives in Congress to join us next month for a long overdue statement of reform!
FED UP WITH PARENTING ABUSE IN OUR COURTS? JOIN OUR FEDERAL TEST CASE TODAY!
You can persist in the costly court battles, type away on your keyboards, and complain endlessly about a dysfunctional divorce, custody and support process in our state courts. You can also protest in the streets, burn yourself alive like Thomas Ball did, or take the law into your own hands as so many victims are doing today. Maybe even, you will take up a fledgling cause brewing among our followers known as “Occupy The Family Court” patterned off of the Wall Street protests. Or, you can join a federal lawsuit working its way to the Supreme Court known asParent v State. This case is on track for setting precedent against abusive court processes which impair our fundamental rights of parenting.
You probably did not know such a right or lawsuit even existed. This is because, like the Thomas Ball incident, it is being suppressed by a multi-billion dollar child control industry. Whenever you enter a Family Court, Probate Court or divorce court with children at issue, the state takes virtual control of every aspect of a right which our Supreme Court has consistently described as the “oldest liberty interest” protected by the American Constitution. However, the same court has never established a constitutional limit to these state invasions of family privacy unlike other areas such as abortion and gun control. The time is long overdue for such a limit so that your liberties in childrearing and our family values as a nation may be enhanced.
The Parenting Rights Institute has been promoting this federal lawsuit brought by constitutional rights advocate, Leon R. Koziol, J.D. Filed in United States District Court on February 26, 2009, a federal judge has allowed the plaintiffs to litigate under the assumed identity “John Parent” and “Parents Similarly Situated”. It will soon come up for argument before a federal appeals court in New York City and may wind up before the United States Supreme Court. A related case is already being considered during the current term of the high court on a petition for certiorari. You can verify the Second Circuit docket number 11-2474 and learn more about this precedent seeking litigation by reading the entire Parent brief at www.leonkoziol.com.
Many followers of this site have contacted us for purposes of joining this case, even identifying their lawyers and personal backgrounds. However, formal joinder of parties would cost individuals many thousands of dollars depending upon the experience and competency of legal counsel retained by each. It would also complicate and delay progress for years. For this reason, we are offering our supporters the opportunity of informal joinder without the need for costly fees. We are creating a list of “parents similarly situated” to become a potential class member of this lawsuit. Any person who donates $100 or more to our cause will have the option of being named to this list. It may make you and your child a part of the legal history of this nation.
We already have a list in the making thanks to our early donors. However much more support is needed to cover the herculean costs of these court processes. Mr. Koziol has sacrificed a lucrative career in law and politics to bring this litigation. We cannot and must not allow his efforts to die out. He has already proven his ability to succeed after 23 years of practice in the trial and appellate courts of New York. Three sample cases that he pursued have been cited in earlier releases, including one which resulted in a final judgment declaring the largest casino in New York State unconstitutional, see i.e. Oneida Indian Nation v Oneida County, 132 F. Supp. 2d 71 (NDNY 2000); Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (2nd Cir. 2004) and Koziol v Hanna, 107 F. Supp. 2d 170 (NDNY 2000). Kindly pass this on to others.
U. S. Justice Department, defense firms and New York Attorney General seek extensions to file briefs in parenting rights case being heard in federal appeals court in New York City.
The U.S. Justice Department has weighed in on the appeal brought by constitutional rights advocate Leon Koziol in New York City. It is representing Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. who was named as a defendant. The case seeks to promote shared parenting through a precedent setting decision which strikes down a scheme of federal and state laws that discriminate against fathers and non-custodial mothers in divorce, custody and support proceedings.
The complete brief was released publicly on this site, www.leonkoziol.com, on September 22, 2011, shortly after its filing. It addresses a full range of parenting rights routinely infringed in our state domestic relations courts. Like the equal rights vindicated by Brown v Board of Education, but unlike the fundamental rights pursued in Roe v Wade, this appeal is designed to promote family values in separated parental settings. If successful, it will provide a weapon for parents everywhere to resist draconian support orders and abusive court processes.
Significantly, U.S. attorneys have joined the New York Attorney General and law firms representing other defendants in seeking extensions to file their response briefs into December, 2011, or the maximum period allowed by law. Mr. Koziol has opposed those requests on grounds that he was able to complete his own brief in less than one week while filing motions, rule statements, record and appendix in a lesser period of time without office staff or support. Evidently this case, years in the works, is proving to have merit or cause for concern.
Unfortunately, as related in our last post, the financial burden inflicted by such delays is having devastating impacts upon Leon’s continuing ability to maintain this litigation. Simply put, it is a case which seeks a proper remedy in lieu of a constitutional amendment in the state legislatures and Congress that could take decades to produce. To our knowledge, only the State of Louisiana has endorsed such an amendment. On the positive side, the current briefing delay opens the door for persons or groups to join the case or provide their input on the arguments.
For our regular followers, input can be made by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. However you must first read and digest the brief referenced in our last post. In the coming weeks, you will be given the opportunity for virtual participation in our profound litigation by keyboard from your very own homes. Updates on this case and others being pursued by Mr. Koziol will follow. The referenced requests by government attorneys and defense firms may be viewed directly through the links found on our site. In the meantime, we would like to thank our early donors as we continue to urge your support behind this vital cause. Even if you are not currently impacted, the damage caused by these socialist welfare laws is affecting the health, safety, productivity, education and family heritage of an entire nation. Kindly pass this on.
As stated in our previous blog post, resources have dwindled to nothing in connection with our current cases. We are therefore seeking contributions from all concerned. Such cases would cost individual litigants or groups hundreds of thousands in competent fees and litigation expense. It is therefore crucial for all of our supporters to join us in this effort. A pay pal account has been set up to accept your donation. No matter how great or small it may be, every amount helps. Please consider this using the method provided below or by mail to: Parenting Rights Institute; 1518 Genesee Street; Utica, New York 13502. Leon can be reached directly at (315) 796-4000. Networking and media connections are also greatly needed. Once again, we would like to thank all of you for your help.
KOZIOL’S PARENTING RIGHTS CASE TO BE HEARD BY FEDERAL APPEALS COURT IN NEW YORK CITY (ENTITLED PARENT VS STATE)
Years in the works, Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol has brought his case for parenting reform before the federal Court of Appeals in New York City. This precedent seeking litigation is designed to promote shared parenting through a decision which strikes down discriminatory custody and support laws as unconstitutional. It is a case not unlike Roe v Wade in its approach to fundamental rights except that this one seeks to advance family values in America.
The ominous trend in today’s childrearing laws features the state’s increased interference in family affairs. Diverse agreement and home environments are upstaged by socialist welfare practices which place the child above the parent in decision making authority. The state has seized power over private matters by engaging in needless financial inquisitions and substitutions of judgment reserved to moms and dads, whether married or living apart.
The insidious vehicle for this violation of human rights is the federal “Child Support Standards Act” which conditions divorce and court access upon the parents’ adoption of “custody” titles and an unequal doctrine of childrearing. Fathers and non-custodial mothers are particularly harmed by over inclusive laws which place good parents in the same classification as bad parents for purposes determining support and child access. Put simply, it is a lucrative institution which discourages liberty, cooperation and diversity as hallmarks of our Constitution.
On our Parenting Rights Institute site, www.leonkoziol.com, a link to the complete brief will orient you to this case. You can short cut the legalese by skipping over to the “Summary of Argument” and “Argument” sections. This case is more comprehensive than the one being considered simultaneously by the United States Supreme Court (also found on our site). Together they seek precedent for the benefit of aggrieved parents everywhere as well as the lawyers who risk their livelihoods in defense of our most valued rights.
To assess the credibility of our work and its importance to you and your loved ones, three sample cases are offered for your review from Leon Koziol’s litigation history, Oneida Indian Nation v Oneida County, 132 F. Supp. 2d 71 (2000)(successful maintenance of state court action against Indian casino enterprises represented by national law firms seeking injunction);Koziol v Hanna, 107 F. Supp. 2d 170 (2000)(successful challenge of city mayor who violated First Amendment rights of city employees as city corporation counsel, upheld by same federal appeals court here);Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (CA 2, 2004)(featuring $333,000.00 jury verdict obtained by Leon Koziol on behalf of a civil rights victim ultimately settled on remand).
Unfortunately resources have dwindled to nothing in connection with our current cases. We are therefore seeking contributions from all concerned. Such cases would cost individual litigants or groups hundreds of thousands in competent fees and litigation expense. It is therefore crucial for all of our supporters to join us in this effort. A pay pal account has been set up to accept your donation. No matter how great or small it may be, every amount helps. Please consider this using the method provided below or by mail to: Parenting Rights Institute; 1518 Genesee Street; Utica, New York 13502. Leon can be reached directly at (315) 796-4000. Networking and media connections are also greatly needed. Once again, we would like to thank all of you for your help.
The volunteer staff of Leon Koziol.Com wishes to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Thomas J. Ball as we were just informed that he took his own life in front of a family court building in New England.
We would encourage anyone reading this blog who may be in contact with the family to share Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol, J.D.’s “National Father’s Day Message” found at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/57694359/National-Father-s-Day-Message-Complaint . It’s important the family know that Mr. Koziol is working diligently within the system to secure long overdue reform in domestic relations matters given the related escalation of violence. A more ominous sign may exist here in our own small community in Upstate, NY, where a number of of law enforcement officers were victimized both on duty and off duty by domestic relations abuses.
According to research approximately 330 people commit suicide monthly in the U.S. in response to the way family courts and CPS handle divorce, domestic violence and child support. The study points out that the suicide rate for divorced men is 9.94 times higher than the suicide rate for divorced women.
 Augustine J. Kposowa, “Marital Status and suicide in National Longitudinal Mortality Study”, Journal of Epideiology and Community Health, Vol. 54, April 2000, p. 256.
FROM: PARENTING RIGHTS INSTITUTE AND NATIONAL LEAGUE OF FATHERS, INC.
RE: PARENTING RIGHTS CONVENTION REPORT LITIGATION UPDATE
DATE: JUNE 10, 2011
As promised at our national Parenting Rights Convention held in upstate New York on April 15-17, 2011, a Report has now been completed for review by attendees, supporters and various government agencies. Issued in the form of a formal “Complaint” filed this morning with the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct, copies are being furnished to the U.S. Justice Department, United Nations, legislative leaders and various human rights organizations. We expect to complete this process on June 17, 2011 in Washington D.C. (Father’s Day weekend).
A copy of the 25 page “Complaint” is available for viewing at www.leonkoziol.com. Copies are also being sent to our followers. It incorporates the testimony and contributions of those who attended the April convention. However, names and personal details were excluded to protect the participants from retaliation in their private litigation. Instead civil rights advocate Leon Koziol, J.D. employed his own experiences with references and recommendations common to “similarly situated parents”. The Complaint easily shows why reform is not going to occur from within.
This “Complaint” has immense practical value as a free information product for those victimized by domestic relations courts around the country. We parents are experiencing an epidemic in state control practices over our private affairs and exploitation of innocent children for profit. This document should be shared everywhere as a personal defense resource. It can be used to better understand the Family Court environment and as a tool for evaluating the performance of costly legal representation. In addition, it may serve as a background piece for seminars and public assemblies given the complex nature of these court processes. If this Complaint can save a parent-child relationship from abuse or demise, it will be well worth the sacrifice made by its author and sponsor. You may contact Mr. Koziol personally for this purpose at (315) 796-4000.
On a related note, a 45 page opinion was handed down in federal court in a case filed by Leon Koziol on behalf of “parents similarly situated” in “Parent v State” and its consolidated member case “Koziol v Lippman”. Originally filed on February 26, 2009, this challenge to abusive custody and support laws was held up for two years on a court issued ruling which raised the Rooker-Feldman doctrine as a bar to federal court jurisdiction. Younger abstention was also raised, among other obstacles, by the many law firms defending this action.
Although the claims were dismissed, the jurisdiction obstacles were overcome. Unlike countless other challenges around the country, this court took jurisdiction over the state court issues, giving others a precedent for accessing federal court to raise constitutional questions. The adverse components of this ruling are now being appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York City. A expedited motion for exigent relief will be filed there at the Foley Square courthouse on Friday, June 17, 2011. We will keep you informed as you remain cognizant of the uphill battle we face. To put this in perspective, father’s rights cases feature a 100% failure rate in our nation’s history. Then, in the usual manner, our politicians wonder why we face so much father absence and moral decline in Father’s Day speeches.