York County reaches $30,000 settlement with activist without explanation

LOGAN HULLINGER  |  YORK DISPATCH Updated 9:54 a.m. EDT July 20, 2018

A Harrisburg activist and former congressional candidate has reached a $30,000 settlement agreement with York County, but county officials and the man himself are unable to explain why.

In a Wednesday, July 18, York County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners unanimously approved the settlement agreement between the county and Gene Stilp, a Harrisburg activist and former congressional candidate for the state’s 10th District.

Stilp’s hate demonstrations have been denounced by the NAACP

Free speech in York County: Stilp thrust himself into the local spotlight in February, when he burned a Nazi-Confederate flag outside the York County Judicial Center in York City.

The display didn’t come without a fight, however. He originally wanted to put on the demonstration in November 2017 but delayed his plans after county solicitor Glenn Smith denied him a permit.

In his letter, Smith cited an ordinance requiring that “any person who desires to congregate, assemble or use county property” must make such request in a letter at least 60 days in advance of the desired time of use and include a check for $100.

After the matter was shot up to a federal court, the county and Stilp reached a settlement allowing Stilp to hold his flag-burning demonstration, and the county said it would change the ordinance.

He went on to hold the demonstration — as part of his fight against racism, he said —  Feb. 28, burning a hybrid flag and a sign displaying President Donald Trump’s name in a trash can.

Not the end of the matter: That was the end of it — until the county announced a $30,000 settlement with Stilp five months later without providing any details.

The settlement contains a confidentiality provision, said county spokesman Mark Walters, which says that neither party can speak about the matter to any degree.

Walters declined to comment further.

Smith reiterated the provision when asked about the reasoning for the settlement and monetary award, and he declined to comment.

After the meeting, The York Dispatch filed a Right-to-Know Law request for any documentation related to the settlement and any correspondence between Stilp or his representative and the county.

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2 Comments

  1. The reason– a clear violation of the civil rights guaranteed by the First Amendment by the nitwit York County Commissioners and their Not Ready for Prime Time Solicitor.

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  2. PAY THE HIRED SHILL TO ATTACK STATES RIGHTS ACTIVISTS BY CALLING THEM NAZIS
    AND PRETEND THAT PA COURTS HAVE AUTHORITY TO PROHIBIT FREE SPEECH
    ABOUT A GOVERNMENTAL ACTION. KEEP THE FRAUD AND SUBVERSION A SECRET.
    THE PA HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION IS A GANG OF PROFESSIONAL RACISTS THAT
    TELL BLACK PEOPLE THAT WHITE PEOPLE ARE THEIR ENEMY.
    HUMAN RELATIONS ARE FOR SHEEP. CIVILIAN AUTHORITY IS WHEN STATE COURTS RECOGNIZE
    CIVILIANS AS AFFIANTS IN CRIMINAL CASES AND CIVILIAN GRAND JURIES CONDUCT ARRAIGNMENTS TO DECIDE
    IF INDICTMENT IS WARRANTED. MAGISTRATES ARE NOT JUSTICES OF THE PEACE. KIDNAPPING, TORTURE EXTOROTION AND MILITARY DICTATORSHIP IS NOT CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT. MAGISTRATES ARE MILITARY OFFICIALS NOT CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT. PENNSYLVANIANS ARE COWARDS RULED BY TRAITORS, MURDERERS AND HEROIN PUSHERS CALLING THEMSELVES THE PENTAGON AND NATIONAL GUARD. ONLY THE MILITARY HAS THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN THE FAKE ELECTIONS. THE MONEY IS FAKE AND IS PENTAGON MILITARY SCRIP. ALL THE CHURCHES ACCEPT AND PROMOTE THE FAKE MONEY MILITARY SCRIP FEDERAL RESERVE NOTE AS LEGAL TENDER. REAL SILVER COINS CAN BE USED TO PRACTICE HONEST CHARITY. FAKE MONEY PRINTED BY THE MILITARY CANNOT BE USED TO PRACTICE HONEST CHARITY BECAUSE IT WILL NOT MAKE YOU LUCKY. PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO REGARD FOR LUCK CAN NEVER TAKE CHANCES.
    PEOPLE WHO CAN NEVER TAKE CHANCES ARE COWARDS. PENNSYLVANIA IS RUN BY A GANG OF RAPIST PIG TRAITORS WHO SERVE THE BRITISH EMPIRE. THE GOVERNER WOLFE IS A MUSLIM THAT WORSHIPS A CHILD RAPIST PEDOPHILE THAT HE CALLS A HOLY PROPHET FROM GOD NAMED MOHAMMED. PENNSYLVANIANS ARE COWARDS RULED BY TRAITORS, MURDERERS AND SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO DIE FOR THE BRITISH EMPIRE NATO HEROIN MAFIA.
    THE PENTAGON PLEDGES PERMANENT SERVICE TO THE BRITISH EMPIRE. THE PENTAGON WIPES ITS ASS WITH OUR DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. REPUBLICANCERS AND DEMORATS ARE FRONT MEN FOR THE PENTAGON HEROIN MAFIA. THEY POISON AND MURDER OUR CHILDREN WITH HEROIN. THE DESTROY US AND INVADE OUR STATE WITH CHILD RAPIST MUSLIM PEDOPHILE SERVANTS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE HEROIN MAFIA.

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