Okay, so we don’t have a 34th Street where I’m from. We’re more like the rest of America when we reach Ninth Ave in nearby Yorkville (not the one in Manhattan). Anyway, if you’ve been following our updates for the meeting this Sunday in NYC, I submitted a petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday (a request for review of one of my test cases for parenting equity in our courts). Now for the rest of the story. It almost didn’t happen, and I wish I had a nice professional explanation on how it miraculously did minutes before a 6 pm deadline. But I don’t. Simply stated, it must have had something to do with that teleconference this past Sunday with religious and family rights advocates. Anyway, after working long hours on the project, I discovered on the morning of its due date that the petition did not satisfy certain highly technical print requirements. By 11 am, I nearly abandoned the filing effort because in our small town, there is no print shop capable of assembling 55 booklets of the kind which the Supreme Court requires in a matter of hours. Then a friend at my regular location referred me to a special contact. I quickly called and drove my papers to his shop (we have no traffic problems in our metro area). I then learned that he had completed such a writ project only weeks earlier and reworked the booklets after they had been rejected (giving them a 60 day extension). Imagine the chances of that in our town given the small number of petitions nationwide. Even more fortunate, the two partners had done work for my office when it had a staff and both had experienced parenting injustices among family and friends. They were familiar with my reform movement and had evidently read my full page advertisement which was recently paid for by a former client (available on this site). They dropped everything, directed me to e-mail them certain files, and by the grace of God, the 40 booklets with copies upon adversary counsel were all completed and timely submitted with filing fee. This may not have occurred on 34th Street, but it features the same Christmas “spirit”. Happy Holidays to all of our friends and followers. We look forward to seeing those of you coming to the Plaza Hotel.
Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
On December 21, 2010, civil rights advocate Leon R. Koziol submitted a Petition for Writ of Certiorari before the United States Supreme on a constitutional challenge to New York’s custody and support laws. Three principal questions are being raised: 1) whether the state has exceeded a constitutional limit upon child control practices in domestic relations litigation; 2) whether the state promotes institutional discrimination on account of gender in these same processes; and 3) whether the state has impaired the liberty rights of a father and attorney to maintain a paternal family unit and fair participation in our state courts after publicly criticizing abusive and unethical practices. The petition arises from a mandamus and prohibition action dismissed by the high court of New York recently which made these issues ripe for review by our nation’s highest court. The Supreme Court accepts relatively few cases for decision each year, however, this petition features questions of nationwide importance to parents and children. It represents one of many efforts to reform antiquated laws which fleece families of their resources through manufactured controversies. These challenged laws coerce parents to fight over their own children in public courtrooms in lieu of private agreements without government interference. A planning session in New York City early next week seeks to organize a national parenting rights convention and spring rally in Washington D.C. An alternate route to the Supreme Court is well underway in connection with two actions consolidated by a federal court judge last month. A fascinating read, we plan to publish components of Mr. Koziol’s writ to our followers across the country at www.leonkoziol.com in coming weeks.
Leon R. Koziol, J.D.
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See Utica Observer Dispatch Article
Attached as a link is a guest column considered for publication in the New York Times recently. An editor reported this past week that he has decided not to run it. In that case, I informed them that I would submit the same column for publication nationwide on alternate sites and metro media. Of course this effort can best be advanced through co-sponsorship and the assistance of our growing numbers of supporters. A copy is attached and available to any interested party who would like to submit it for example to their local press. Kindly return any amended versions for my approval containing new or modified content. This can be done through same day e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are hoping to secure growing interest in our cause before the New York meeting.
Leon Koziol, J.D.
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Here is a link to a Holiday advertisement that you’re welcome to modify and place in news publications around the country. See Holiday Advertisement
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