It’s been more than two years since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo closed down his Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. Just when testimony was implicating his own corruption, he decided that his expensive taxpayer-financed investigation had served his self-serving purpose.
Now he’s back at it again! U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has issued subpoenas which by all accounts will likely put Andy in federal prison along with his legislative leaders Shelly Silver and Dean Skelos. They were convicted last year as a result of that prematurely closed Moreland Commission. See Latest Story – Investigation of confidant could be a career-killer for Cuomo.
Dodging his own accountability with a sigh of relief at the time, what’s he do now? He creates another investigation to detract from his own corruption. Seriously Andy? It’s looking like another hideous double standard: i.e. publicizing a dead beats campaign while seriously delinquent in your own support obligations. See related story – Did Kennedy Play Duplicitous Role in Cuomo Child Support Settlement Pressure?
But what about all that testimony at the Moreland hearings from victims of court corruption? In my own presentation I cited one convicted judge after another reading like “a docket sheet in any criminal court.” It was that testimony that caused a gang of lawyers and judges to seize my children and my livelihood.
Leon’s testimony can be viewed here at approximately the 2 hours, 31 minutes and 45 seconds mark:
Free speech is not free when those charged with the highest duty of safeguarding such rights are doing the censorship and suppression. Now we have a candidate for Congress, attorney and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, going down the same path I did when running for the same position. She’s taken aim at the same corruption.
A remarkable story in the Syracuse press years ago describes all the back room politics which goes into DA and judge appointments, elections and decisions at the Onondaga County Courthouse. It’s scary indeed, one who served as chairman of Cuomo’s Moreland Commission and two of my custody judges, Martha Walsh-Hood and Bryan Hedges. See Syracuse.Com Story- Appeals court to decide whether Justice James Tormey can be sued by former clerk
Administrator’s Note: Judges Tormey and Hedges were ultimately held liable for $600,000. Onondaga County DA William Fitzpatrick went on to serve as a Co-Chair of the Moreland Commission.
After getting the latter removed from my case, he was then removed altogether from family court for admitting to sexual misconduct on his handicapped five year old niece. When will parents and family victims finally unite to protest court corruption? Never mind Andy, Mr. Bharara. We got real trouble here in River City, and it’s called Syracuse family court!
The Silver conviction took place after Judge Dan King’s gag order here to suppress accountability for his own misconduct. As we told you folks last week this is all going to get real ugly. So strap yourselves in for an upcoming showdown between a biased angry judge and a parent who will not yield to money like Silver did.
Now Judge King is flexing his muscle, also like Silver once did, and we are so concerned that I decided to bring more public exposure to his misconduct by filing a state mandamus action in a higher court which will bring even more public attention to his misconduct. If our courts cannot protect our most basic rights, all we have left is anarchy.
Yeah this site is staying up just like those who stood up to tyranny, took the front of the bus in the 60s or voted in the 1872 elections (i.e. Susan B. Anthony). We’re ready for a public officer holder who either doesn’t understand the basics of paternal commitment or has no problem using fraud artists to advance censorship of our public criticisms .
While my adversaries were working overtime to get this gag order, I experienced a most bone chilling event over Thanksgiving weekend. I decided to check on one of our many followers after not hearing from him as anticipated for more than a month.
He confided in me that he was about to place that noose around his neck because of family court abuse when I called. It was several days later when he disclosed how my call saved his life. So yeah, this site is staying up, We save lives here from family court abuse. Over the years our site has saved veterans, public safety officers and plain good guys who love their babies as much as moms do.
Another development is arising as word spreads about this judge Dan King. He has abused a lot of other good folks who love their little ones (the state does not own them). They are calling for a protest in front of a certain business, home and courthouse. I have no control over this. That’s the way it works when you rile up a self governing society. Tomorrow’s post is dedicated to Judge Dan King and his gag order. I’m an American. I love my country and my children.
God bless America and all you fellow citizens and service people who keep us truly free.
Remember the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption? It was created by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013 to clean up government in Albany.
At least that was the case until investigations by that Commission began implicating the Governor himself along with legislative leaders like Sheldon Silver, convicted yesterday on all counts of a federal indictment.
The Moreland Commission was prematurely dissolved in March of last year despite testimony by federal prosecutor Preet Bharara who commended its existence. The dissolution moved him to seize commission files resulting in the criminal prosecutions we see today.
I was invited as well to give testimony before that Commission. But now serious questions linger. For example, what came of all the shocking testimony and petitions lodged by the general public, limited as it was, on Constitution Day, 2013 at Pace University?
What about the hundreds of speakers excluded from that hearing who were left outside protesting as a result? Why was the Commission prematurely disbanded, and why were so many citizens misled into believing they could be heard and answered?
Finally, how much corruption remains rampant here in New York State due to the utterly impotent nature of that Commission? It certainly cost our taxpayers substantial money to create this “dream team” of prosecutors and experts to root out corruption?
While we certainly commend U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for his follow-up investigations and prosecutions, a review of the public testimony raises far more concerns. It calls upon the Governor to revive his Commission if in fact the conviction of Silver is yet another wake-up call in state government.
The Moreland testimony is found on our site at Leon Koziol.com. As one of the few who were allowed to participate from the general public, I raised serious issues concerning documented retaliation for my public criticisms and my complaints of judicial misconduct. The retaliation has only escalated dramatically since that hearing.
My particular testimony can be viewed here at approximately the 2 hours, 31 minutes and 45 seconds mark:
If the Moreland Commission is not revived, Mr. Bharara should call for independent hearings. I am recommending the creation of a citizens Commission on Public Corruption headed by a “dream team” of good government advocates who can complete the work of the governor’s quickly dissolved entity.
Here are a number of observations from the Moreland proceedings which warrants such a public commission:
1) Ellen Oxman, of Women for Justice in New York Courts, provided compelling testimony of her abuse at the hands of a wealthy opponent with connections to the judges in her divorce and family proceedings. Where did her petition go, where is she today, and what came of the brazen level of injustice she carefully documented before the Moreland Commission?
2) Carl Lanzisera of Americans for Legal Reform and a co-member gave startling revelations regarding a 20 year history of court corruption including the similar impotent conclusion of the 2009 Senate hearings on judicial reform. The chair of that Senate Committee, John Sampson, was later indicted for official misconduct while in office. Among the recommendations made by this organization was the mandatory psychological testing of judges who take our children from us to bring them on par with other government officials.
3) Michael Kraveski, a regular citizen, provided a heart wrenching seven year ordeal in Kings County Family Court which has become all too commonplace in America today, one which led to an unarmed father shot to death in the back while fleeing a support warrant at a traffic stop in South Carolina less than two years later. He described himself as a victim of a “money extortion scheme” through impossible obligations, fraudulent tactical petitions and a “Star Chamber” court. He suffered a stroke in the end after losing his job and life savings.
4) Rich Velotti, an attorney for Act Now New York made an ominous prediction of sorts when he described how Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver, Senate Leader Dean Skelos and former leader Joe Bruno conspired to influence and limit the work of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, an entity comprised of members selected by them and the governor to investigate misconduct in Albany. All three were prosecuted criminally by federal authorities, none by the state. Attorney Velotti labeled the JCPE “a joke” with a strong recommendation that the Moreland Commission, with its independent investigatory powers, be made permanent.
5) Marie Tooker, a single mother of three, described a criminal enterprise in our courts which left her homeless with $12 in her bank account.
6) A Fordham law professor commended the Commission as an example of good government, never imagining that it would be dissolved in six months for doing the very work it was charged to perform. She emphasized the need for permanent “structural” changes to replace the “prophylactic” approach to public corruption which remains in place.
7) Elena Sassower was so emotional over the lack of judicial accountability over many years that she refused to yield to her allotted time as a speaker, even under threats of removal.
8) Katherine Wilson, a victim of divorce court, began her testimony with a request that certain Commission members cease their texting during the general public segment of the hearing. She also asked that one or more members who had left for the lobby during that segment return to their seats so that she could have the benefit of a full Commission. Needless to say, she elicited a resounding applause for her bold introductions after emphasizing her experience with “guns in her face” while living in Ireland. It left her without any fear of this Commission. When asked to conclude her remarks, she defended her few minutes of space with the one hour spent by the Commission chair lauding the credentials of members which were already found in the table brochures. She cited shocking examples of domestic violence victims who preferred to return to their abusive home environments than face the “battering” they sustained in New York’s matrimonial courts. You simply have to listen to her full presentation as I cannot do it justice here.
9) Marguerita Walter gave yet another heart wrenching ordeal at the hands of a corrupt divorce system with a “de facto termination of (her) parental rights,” some $150,000 spent on “supervised visits” and the ultimate permanent alienation of her children. She described 12 years of cruel and retaliatory acts for her exercise of fundamental rights after giving birth to children abandoned at an early age by their father. She was a Cuban refugee as a child herself fleeing from a corrupt communist regime headed by dictator Fidel Castro only to find far worse oppression here.
10) Not to be out done, Mr. Gallison, a reporter for secondary news sources, Truth-out and Black Star News, provided the Commission and its audience with a shocking rendition of corruption involving the selection of Jonathan Lippman to the highest judicial post of Chief Justice at New York’s Court of Appeals. He gave testimony before the 2009 Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, provided complaints before the state Judicial Conduct Commission and furnished reports in response to Preet Bharara’s request for input following the disbanding of the Moreland Commission, all of which went un-answered.
What happened to these speakers and their presentations? Where are they today? More to the point, what can we, the people, do to get the answers? What can we do to obtain follow-up on all the corruption which could have been heard from all those good citizens left out in the audience or in the streets?
Why is all this being swept under the carpet? If we do nothing, we guarantee more of the same or worse corruption in years to come, not a very good legacy for all the children and future generations harmed by the same corruption. It’s a trillion dollar “cottage industry” as one speaker plainly put it, and it shows no sign of correction.
Consequently I am asking our followers and advocates of good government everywhere to join my public requests. Contact your representatives and spread the word, make it viral as you are so good at doing, send me your credentials, suggestions and support, and let’s give this government something it never expected. An organized protest is long overdue on this critical subject.
Contact me at (315) 796-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail your input to my attention at P.O. Box 8302; Utica, New York 13505.
Finally it must be emphasized that there are many court ordeals which warrant a book or documentary publication. As a publishing consultant, I can offer professional assistance to anyone interested in this powerful means of influencing justice and reform. You will find the details in my October 7, 2015 post here at Leon Koziol.com.
I have lived to experience something I never thought I would: a voter ballot without any choices. It was Election Day at ward 2-3 in New Hartford, New York and all candidates were unopposed. There was not even a proposition for me to ponder.
When I ran for state Senate ten years ago, a statistical tie resulted with a retired state Supreme Court justice as my opponent. The polls were active, the debate lively throughout and it was only a primary. City voter turnouts doubled the number this past week.
After recounts, the winner in my Senate race convinced me to run for county executive the next year where I garnered nearly 25,000 votes. Again the debate was lively and lines nearly out the door at the same ward 2-3, this time in the general election.
On Election Day 2015 I was the only voter at peak time. Eight workers behind two district tables could not hide their disappointment. After questioning my purpose, I announced I was there to honor their commitment to democracy. Profound gratitude followed with one volunteer remarking that I had just made their day.
What’s happening here people? The incumbents may have you believe that they are performing so well that opponents are not needed. Adolph Hitler thought the same, but humans by definition are imperfect. Contested races bring out issues needed for democracy to function properly.
THE ARREST OF NEW YORK’S TOP ASSEMBLY LEADER MAY BE THE TIP OF AN ICEBERG
Parental Advocate, Dr. Leon R. Koziol, was one of the fortunate few selected from the general public to speak before the Governor’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption at New York’s Pace University on September 17, 2013 (Constitution Day). Meanwhile vast numbers were denied access altogether in the streets outside the building. If you recall our website posts at the time, public emotions erupted into spontaneous protests and arrests as a well scripted Commission deliberated ultimately to a point of impotence, achieving nothing in the months of its costly existence.
When evidence began to surface implicating the Governor himself and top state officials, the Commission was prematurely dissolved in March, 2014. Fortunately one of the speakers, federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, chastised the unexpected move during an interview in Buffalo, New York. He then secured Commission files progressively leading to the January 22, 2015 arrest of New York Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, on bribery and corruption charges involving New York law firms and millions of dollars in public money. While the federal investigations were underway, Mr. Koziol was being targeted and punished for his own testimony at the same hearing by disciplinary agents of the state’s judiciary.
Only weeks after the Moreland Commission was disbanded, a report was issued on April 8, 2014 opposing reinstatement of Leon’s law license with a complete copy of his testimony. This report was not issued by an independent entity like Mr. Bharara’s office, it was prepared by attorneys hired and supervised by the very court being criticized and responsible for the licensing decisions. Only nine months earlier, the chief attorney and his associate engaged in the same targeting activity were fired for falsifying their time sheets, publicly financed time which was also misappropriated to violate Leon’s civil rights. No public charges were lodged against them.
The targeting of Leon’s speech and reform efforts after 23 unblemished years as a successful civil rights attorney was admitted in an unrecorded, confidential hearing held by the same licensing court in May, 2013. Clearly provocative but never alleged to be false, Leon’s Commission testimony cited extensive judicial misconduct including a Syracuse judge assigned to his custody case who was removed from the bench for sexual misconduct upon his handicapped five year old niece. He also asked for an investigation into the state’s Judicial Conduct Commission due to its political nature and failure over the years to hold judges properly accountable. Like Sheldon Silver, many were later arrested and convicted by federal authorities.
Federal mandamus and civil rights actions were accordingly filed by Mr. Koziol in lower Manhattan and the state’s capital, but indications are that the constitutional atrocities will be suppressed, dismissed and otherwise punished to assure business as usual in America’s divorce and family courts. Any logical observer must therefore conclude that our third branch of government is simply placing itself above the law, in this case our supreme laws entrusted to its care under the Constitution. Mr. Koziol sacrificed his career and family to promote a long overdue cause for the people against his own profession. So is that it? We simply walk away while our veterans and public safety officers return to alienated children, draconian enforcement practices and discriminatory treatment by the government they swore to protect?
As Americans, we are charged with a duty to do much more. Ominous signs are everywhere concerning the ongoing erosion of our most cherished rights and beliefs, from NSA surveillance to IRS targeting of conservative groups and more. We simply cannot ignore all this by returning to our couches and routines. After Mr. Koziol’s return from Paris on a mission to accord parenting rights international protection, a million people rallied in that city to support free speech. When will a similar rally emerge here in Washington to promote the same rights, equal treatment of fathers and support for truly struggling mothers?
Many thanks to three recent benefactors in Paris, New York and Tennessee for their major donations. A trip to Nashville is set for March as stated in an earlier post. Once again, we need everyone’s involvement to promote this vital cause. Help us with media contact and other potential donors. We also ask for personal contributions and purchase of our court program which has helped so many parents navigate their way successfully and economically through family court. Obtain it at http://www.parentingrightsinstitute.com. You may call our office, Parenting Rights Institute, at (315) 380-3420 or Dr. Koziol direct at (315) 796-4000.