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Custody mayhem in California could have been avoided by reform litigation being pursued by parental rights advocate Leon Koziol, J.D.
Regrettably, the kind of violence evidenced by this incident could have been prevented through the efforts of parental rights advocate Leon Koziol, J.D., and his test cases currently being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court and federal appeals court in New York City. This latest incident as predicted, was described in a post on his website www.leonkoziol.com only several days ago, appearing on October 10, 2011.
In a very ironic and timely twist on this, Mr. Koziol’s case will be conferenced by the Justices of the United States Supreme Court tomorrow, October 14, 2011, for a possible precedent setting decision. On the other case in New York City, the United States Justice Department, New York Attorney General and defense firms, have secured extension for their briefs and arguments.
For a fuller description of Mr. Koziol’s efforts to reform laws that harm parent-child relationships, please visit: www.leonkoziol.com. Leon Koziol is available for commentary regarding this current news story and pending litigation. He can be reached at (315) 796-4000. We are also asking our regular followers to please share this story with regional and national media connections.
As stated in previous posts, 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. Once again, we would like to thank all of you for your help.
See CNN News Story (Click Here)
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.
KOZIOL FILES CASE IN UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT SEEKING CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION FOR PARENTS AND FAMILY ADVOCATES
On August 15, 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States submitted notice to civil rights advocate Leon Koziol that his petition for a writ has been accepted for consideration under docket No. 11-185. The petition will now undergo a review to determine whether the case will be heard by the full court. A vote of four justices is needed to make this occur.
The case is based upon Mr. Koziol’s four year ordeal at the hands of state disciplinary agents retaliating against his campaign for reform in state domestic relations courts. Specifically, after 23 unblemished years as a successful trial advocate in federal and state courts, Mr. Koziol became victim to fabricated charges designed to suppress protected activities under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
The petition is a fascinating read for human rights victims and those who have been abused in divorce, custody and support courts. It has all the ingredients of a John Grisham novel, and it actually seeks protection for lawyers who pursue admirable causes for the people. Through vague code provisions and substandard prosecutions, good lawyers are easily removed from the profession when they take on litigation against powerful government officials.
Leon Koziol is asking all of his supporters and followers to read his petition and pass it on to those who may be of assistance, i.e., media contacts, authors, intervenors, columnists and benefactors to help fund this vital cause. Without the good guys among those practicing law, the people will continue to be fleeced of their resources through orchestrated family controversies that are collectively harming the health, productivity and heritage of an entire nation.
Link to petition (Click Here)
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.
Here is a sad story that came to our attention by one of our many nationwide followers: http://freekeene.com/2011/06/16/thomas-james-ball-self-immolated-in-protest-of-the-justice-system/
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.
TO: ALL PARENTING/CHILD ADVOCATES
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.
See Complaint: (Click Here)
This is a public call to all women who support equal treatment under the law. Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol, a former practicing attorney who has won gender, race and sexual harassment cases during a 23 year career, is seeking your signature to a petition for a meeting with Barack Obama. He is seeking equal treatment for fathers in childrearing decisions in our domestic relations courts. Like the women’s rights movement which could not have succeeded without men supporters, he is confident that he can rely upon women of good conscience to join him in this call for reform. President Obama’s first act signed into law was the equal pay amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and appointments of two women to the United States Supreme Court. We hope Obama is not a hypocrite and will do the same reform for the other half of America’s parenting population. Little girls and women partners are victims in addition to good fathers under this antiquated “custodial institution of childrearing”. Attached is our Petition and “Open Letter to Barack Obama” for your review. Please pass this on to other women and rights advocates.
See “Open Letter to Barack Obama” - (Click Here)
Sign Petition – (Click Here)
That’s the theme and goal behind a rally scheduled for June 16, 17 and 18, 2011 at the nation’s capital. Building upon momentum and ideas generated at the strategy session of this past weekend’s Parenting Rights Convention, this rally is designed to gain the attention of the president so that parenting authority can be returned to the people consistent with fundamental rights retained by them under the United States Constitution. The selected period is Father’s Day week Thursday thru Saturday for the reason that fathers comprise a discriminated class made subject to oppressive laws. Our government has managed to use our children to resurrect debtor prisons and child taking processes without due process of law.
Three years ago, candidate Obama exploited Father’s Day to focus upon absentee fathers rather than the money oriented processes which promoted their existence. The problem with our approach to this political exploitation is that we do not set our goals high enough for meaningful reform. Instead of D.C. family festivals, local protests and keyboard wars (useless computer exchanges to each other in the convenience of our homes), we need to take a meaningful stand where we can be truly heard and seen. We must sharpen our focus upon the core problem of child abuse by government, its relentless assault upon our assets and hard earnings, and its instigation of needless controversy among parents and their children.
Cooperation for the sake of the child is central to our mission. Children need both parents in their lives and it is high time that we remove the lucrative barriers to this optimal environment for childrearing in domestic relations courts. We can continue to fight in our local foxholes, frustrate ourselves with endless court battles, or we can take back our children in Washington D.C. It may be that our president will find himself too busy with new wars overseas which take more fathers away from their children, but our meeting will occur even if it means a message delivered to the front lawn of the White House. In the experience of our sponsors, a constructive message may consist of a lobby campaign in congressional office buildings and a profound presence of parents on the walkways surrounding key government centers. Even if this results only in meetings with underlings and media, it is much more than anything we have seen to date on the reform horizon.
A meeting with the president is important to change the mindset of this nation and government’s escalating intrusions upon our privacy rights in childrearing. By June 1, 2011, we hope to have a committee of delegates named for this proposed meeting. There is no set standard for selection, however, certain constituencies should be represented. Among them are veterans, law enforcement, African-American fathers and mainstream parents made subject to inferior “non-custodial” classifications. At the Parenting Rights Convention this past weekend, it was generally agreed that such a rally was timely and do-able because the issue was urgent and children should not suffer another day without their moms or dads.
As things develop, we will keep you informed on this rally. Feel free to contact us with your interest and ideas. It is expected that a single hotel will be identified for organizing, lodging and workshops and self representation seminars. You need to make plans now for this event. It is time, our time, to take back our children. A “Purple Heart Soldier” presentation from the main event this past weekend is featured with this important announcement at www.leonkoziol.com.
Hotel Utica, Utica, New York
April 15-17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011, 7 pm
Meet and Greet with three time Super Bowl winner Tim McKyer and parenting rights attendees at the Hotel lobby and Lamplighter Room. Media interviews will be followed by social gathering and autographs.
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 7 am
Morning brunch to discuss topics of general interest, Group introductions and current events. Tentatively scheduled for 1912 Room at Hotel Utica, subject to alternate location and time.
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 2 pm
Main Event: Public Forum at Hotel Utica, Saranac Room. Featured speakers will be followed by open public microphone to receive statements and testimony from attendees. Subjects will be incorporated into a formal report for submission to the U.S. Justice Department, President, federal and state officials and select members of Congress. Speakers include the following:
Chris DiMaggio, television host: Families in Transition, Long Island, New York
Purple Heart Soldier Presentation
L. Wilson, Executive Director, We the People Family Preservation, Coshocton, Ohio
Debra Young, Justice for Families and Children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gregg Fischer, Parenting Legislative Advocate, New York City
Tim McKyer, Fathers’ Rights Advocate and former three time NFL Super Bowl winner
Leon Koziol, J.D., founder of Parenting Rights Institute, civil rights advocate
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 7 pm
Group sessions to discuss cooperative efforts and public input
Sunday, April 17, 2011, 1 pm
Strategy session for reform and rally in Washington D. C.