Clarkson soccer coach files notice of claim against village of Potsdam

There are 40 comments on the Watertown Daily Times story from Apr 3, 2012, titled Clarkson soccer coach files notice of claim against village of Potsdam. In it, Watertown Daily Times reports that:

Clarkson University Head Soccer Coach Oral 'Nick' Hillary has filed a notice of claim against the village for his treatment in the murder investigation of 12-year-old Garrett J. Phillips.

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Utica, NY

#22 Apr 4, 2012
He hasn't lost anything and walks around town like he's proud. The "race card" is crap. Its 2012 and this town is full of black, white, asian, indian, etc....people. No one cares what color the person is that did this, we just want justice to be served.
Smart People

White Plains, NY

#23 Apr 4, 2012
Are wondering if the "Real" suspect did not make up stories about this man to get the police off their own trail.

If the man was a stalker, Y not report it before your child dies?
How convienient that after Garrett is gone, now the "real" suspect alleges she was stalked all this time.

Y did you not report it when it happened?
Agree NY

White Plains, NY

#24 Apr 4, 2012
If the stalking was reported, would the Coach not have been questioned by police in relation to stalking the Mom(some time before all this)?

The Mom filed a complaint against her ex boyfriend(who is a sherriff, and participated in this case), that proves she knows how to file a complaint. Y not file one against the coach if he was stalking you as well?

Without the Coach as a scapegoat, people would have asked: who would be the main suspect? where was he found? why was someone not at work at the time?
We dont want those question asked, no no, dont ask those questions!!!!!
hear-say

Potsdam, NY

#25 Apr 4, 2012
Heard today he's headed to Massena to live, maybe he was evicted?
Moving

Liverpool, NY

#26 Apr 4, 2012
Massena's not far enough as far as I am concerned. I think our whole community would be better off without this stellar example of so-called "character" (the bar is set so low regarding his character that whining about defamation is an oxymoron). Kids in the community wouldn't have to be reminded of the fact that some of the last conversations they had with Garrett were about this man being forever mean to him when he was dating his mother. They need to heal and his presence here, and the fact they knew from Garrett he had broken into the house in the middle of the night, is more than they deserve to deal with.
not racist but

Syracuse, NY

#27 Apr 4, 2012
There are black people and there are...
He is the latter. F him.
You are racist

Liverpool, NY

#28 Apr 4, 2012
Well, actually, you are racist when you say something like that and how sad...because your ignorance is the very reason why he can claim unfair treatment based on race instead of acknowledging that it was his behavior leading up to the murder that warranted investigation.
Everyone STOP

Liverpool, NY

#29 Apr 4, 2012
Think before you type. Everyone here seems to have their own answers....one person blaming the ex cop boyfriend, another the mother, some sticking up for Hillary......WTH? Do none of you think the family will read any of this. Have some respect for a family that tragically had a child ripped away from them. How would each of you feel if this were about your child and you were reading all of this BS from strangers who think they need to offer their two cents?? The answers will come out and justice will be served for this little boy and his family. Stop forming your own opinions and pointing fingers at the family. It's disgusting.
pissed

Syracuse, NY

#30 Apr 4, 2012
The police chief made it clear that he was NOT a person of interest. This black dude has got to get over himself. Everyone here thinks he did it, myself included. With no arrest he now is confident and smells money. Similar to the young Florida boy Treyvon Martin, whose mother wants to copyright the T-shirt symbols to make money. Trash is still trash..
hmm

Greenville, NY

#31 Apr 4, 2012
Smart People wrote:
Are wondering if the "Real" suspect did not make up stories about this man to get the police off their own trail.
If the man was a stalker, Y not report it before your child dies?
How convienient that after Garrett is gone, now the "real" suspect alleges she was stalked all this time.
Y did you not report it when it happened?
Interesting. Please, keep posting...
nancy grace

Potsdam, NY

#32 Apr 5, 2012
If this were my child, I would not stop looking for the killer. I would make sure this had national attention. Nancy Grace would be all over this!
Sad town

Bronx, NY

#33 Apr 5, 2012
Treyvon Martin beat someone! And was shot in self defense .....theses cases are no where near the same....get a clue!
To Sad Town

Liverpool, NY

#34 Apr 5, 2012
Treyvon Martin was the one acting out in self defense. That self-proclaimed captain of neighborhood watch had every intention, despite being told to not go after him by 911 dispatchers, of taking the law into his own hands. Treyvon Martin did exactly what my own white sons would have done if someone was following them and caught up to them in the dark and tried to detain them. They would have assessed whether or not they should run like heck or throw some punches while yelling "help -- someone please help me." And they are white. Growing up a black boy/black man in America is risky simply because there are so many ignorant people in this country willing to do harm because of the color of someone's skin. These two cases ARE different. Hillary is suspected by people in the community because of his prior behavior and motive; not because he is black.
Sad Town Indeed

New York, NY

#35 Apr 5, 2012
What motive?
What behavior?
Who alleges this behavior?
The person the boy lives with!!

The person with their freedom at stake unless the coach takes the fall, thats who!!!
Unreal

New York, NY

#36 Apr 5, 2012
The seam people pushing this LIE against the coach are the same ones that guaranteed he would be arrested and convicted with DNA remember?

What is your motive for pointing a finger on this man?
Who are you trying to protect?
To Sad Town

Liverpool, NY

#37 Apr 5, 2012
What lie exactly?

I am not saying the Coach murdered someone. My own postings have always stated the hope that DNA evidence would tie someone to the crime (I have no idea who that someone is).

I am simply saying his behavior leading up to Garrett's death makes him a person worth investigating. His whining about the fact he was investigated makes him look culpable and arrogant.

Staging a press attack at the very moment a murdered innocent boy was being laid to rest was arrogant, lacking in empathy and completely void of any moral character.

He needs to be accountable for the behavior he exhibits that warrants speculation, whispers and looks of disgust. It was this latter behavior, staging the press attack, that I find suspicious. He couldn't wait one more day? And as much as you like to deflect comments about him by dragging other people through the mud -- you can't blame anyone else but him/his lawyer for that show of disrespect to Garrett, his family, and the entire community of mourners.

Period.
hmm

Greenville, NY

#38 Apr 5, 2012
To Sad Town wrote:
What lie exactly?
I am not saying the Coach murdered someone. My own postings have always stated the hope that DNA evidence would tie someone to the crime (I have no idea who that someone is).
I am simply saying his behavior leading up to Garrett's death makes him a person worth investigating. His whining about the fact he was investigated makes him look culpable and arrogant.
Staging a press attack at the very moment a murdered innocent boy was being laid to rest was arrogant, lacking in empathy and completely void of any moral character.
He needs to be accountable for the behavior he exhibits that warrants speculation, whispers and looks of disgust. It was this latter behavior, staging the press attack, that I find suspicious. He couldn't wait one more day? And as much as you like to deflect comments about him by dragging other people through the mud -- you can't blame anyone else but him/his lawyer for that show of disrespect to Garrett, his family, and the entire community of mourners.
Period.
I believe the person your responding to knows more than any of us.
Gizmo

Champlain, NY

#39 Apr 7, 2012
He's a black man with a complex, lets be famous and sue, but ask nothing about how the family is doing. He was questioned bacause he DATED the kids mother, and has the balls to pull the defromation card. plus wants his property back that might have EVIDENCE about the murder. Oh, dont you know "AGREE" he's a black man, they always look at the black man for everything.. It's a joke none the less. I know the kids uncle Joe, I drove truck with the man, the black man should ask how he is too...
Justice for Garrett

Potsdam, NY

#40 Apr 9, 2012
I hope justice for this young boy and his family comes soon. I scratch my head when I hear that Mr. Hillary wants to sue. Defamation of character? Really? Who launches a press attack at the very moment the child of a woman with whom you were recently dating (and dating for a while) is being laid to rest after being murdered? I think this man not only has an ego complex, but has hired a really inept lawyer. No good counsel would have said, "You should announce your disdain of the press and your anger at being featured in the media at the exact time of Garrett's funeral" -- Sure...that will make you look like a man of character! I don't know if he was involved in his death, but he sure isn't involved in honoring him after. RIP GJP. If justice isn't served here, it will someday.
LOL

Oswego, NY

#41 Apr 9, 2012
nancy grace wrote:
If this were my child, I would not stop looking for the killer. I would make sure this had national attention. Nancy Grace would be all over this!
Hey Nancy, you're a fat a$$ed loud mouth pig!!!!

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