Corona Chronicles #19: When Family Courts Reopen, Will Violence be the Norm?

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By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

In yesterday’s nationwide conference call, the question was posed on the “New Normal” as applied to our nation’s divorce and family courts. What will these courts look like if and when the coronavirus pandemic runs its course?

The answers appeared relatively unanimous: 1) the crisis will NOT humble any lawyers, service providers or judges; 2) the players will be hungrier than ever, inventing new grounds for lucrative conflict; 3) violent criminals will continue to be let out of jails while non-criminal support debtors will replace them; 4) these tribunals will be worse than pre-virus courts, and 5) overwhelmed victims will resort to mass violence.

Like so many whistle blower warnings I have made over the years regarding corrupt government practices, I am once again way ahead of the curve on this subject. Already lawyers interviewed by media are reporting a sharp spike in divorce cases due to home quarantines and emphasizing the need for virtual courts to handle emergency applications. Such courts should reduce waiting and travel time fees, but see # 1-5 above.

Lawyers find a way to exploit a crisis as much as they do the good times. Foreclosures, bankruptcies and business reorganizations are only some of the practice areas that will yield a new wave of profits. Clients subject to over billing practices will have no remedy since the foxes will still be watching the chicken coop.

Proof of the latter can be found in a shocking example repeated time and again on this website.  Ethics lawyers engaged in the witch hunt against me announced at a closed hearing that they would continue to target my law license as long as I continued to seek recourse against lawyer and judicial misconduct. Only weeks later, the same ethics lawyers were allowed to resign quietly after being caught falsifying their time sheets.

Unlike the rest of us, no criminal or ethics charges were lodged. These are the standard-bearers of lawyer ethics charged with the duty of preventing client over-billing. Yet they not only stole from taxpayers, they stole from the judges who hired them, New York’s Third Judicial Department in Albany, see Times Union article, July 11, 2013. They have been in private practice ever since.

For this reason it is important for all parents seeking relief in these courts to be prepared for the onslaught which awaits us. This post is a serious forewarning that should be actively shared on the internet. It is also one which can prepare you well in advance. On this site, http://www.leon koziol.com, and the Parenting Rights Institute website, you will find a self-representation and court strategy program which does exactly that.

Because these sites prevent or reduce lawyer fees and federal funding kick-backs to these courts, they have been suppressed and censored. Indeed we had to sue a family court judge in New York Supreme Court to remove a gag order on this one. If you doubt the coming violence, here is a sampling of shocking events which support our predictions. They occurred prior to this economically devastating crisis and were ignored in our report to all members of Congress on May 2, 2019:

On September 28, 2009, police Investigator Joseph Longo was ordered to pay $1,800 in monthly child support. He answered the same day with a murder- suicide leaving four children without parents. Even the district attorney could not predict this. A $2 million recovery was based on a zone of danger created by city officials as opposed to family court, Pearce v Longo, 766 F. Supp. 2d 367 (2011) LaDuca, Rage built Longo to murder-suicide, Observer Dispatch, 12/30/09. 

On June 15, 2011, a father and war veteran, Thomas Ball, burned himself alive on the steps of a family court to protest years of abuse and separation from his children. It stemmed from a single incident of slapping his daughter, and he left behind a manifesto on how to firebomb courts. Even after such a horrific death, the ex-wife stubbornly defended herself by complaining that her children’s dad failed to comply with court counselling. This is how demented the process has become, see Mark Arsenault, Dad leaves clues to his desperation, Boston Globe, July 10, 2011. 

On April 4, 2015, Walter Scott, an unarmed father was shot dead five times in the back by a traffic cop while fleeing a support warrant. The shocking murder was videoed by a concealed bystander. Contrary to national hype focused on racism, the victim’s funeral pastor blamed it on draconian child support confinements. Many concluded that the state was now killing for money given the revolving door outcomes. In vain, two reporters warned of this trend, see Robles and Dewan, Skip child support. Go to jail. Lose job. Repeat. New York Times, 4/15/15 at pg. 1.       

On July 30, 2018, a physical therapist with a practice in Manhattan fatally shot his ex-wife, their 6-year old son and current wife in his Astoria (Queens) home. It became the final edict in a protracted custody battle fueled by judicial war games. After a failed Go-Fund-Me effort to pay his lawyer fees, in a page titled “Child Kidnapping,” the abused dad, James Shield, explained, “I had the perfect life a few years ago but it has spiraled out of control,” Moore, Musemeci and Sheehy, Custody battle led dad to family murder suicide, New York Post, July 31, 2018. 

Less transparent are the countless cases swarming beneath these four which can easily explode. Their cause is wrongfully blamed on the parents. The public is duped into believing that an adversarial process yields truth and justice in our courts. That may be true in other forms of litigation, but when children are taken hostage by untethered lawyers, the opposite is true here. Parents commit perjury on an artificial premise that they are protecting their offspring. Sparks convert to forest fires, children emulate the dysfunction, and the perpetrators profit. See pp 10-11, Dr. Leon Koziol, Federal Funded Epidemic: Corruption and Carnage in America’s Divorce Industry.

You can reach Dr. Leon Koziol, Parent and Civil Rights Advocate, directly at (315) 796-4000 or e-mail him at leonkoziol@gmail.com. Also, please sign and promote our petition to prevent coronavirus spread below: