Stephen Conklin owns a 112 acre farm in Warrington Township, York County, tucked between Gifford Pinchot State Park and the Conewago creek. Steve calls his enclave “Satori Farm”, and has been called to life as a servant. He has opened his farm up to countless people over the years, has hosted festivals, and has provided a small refuge at times for urban children who yearn to enjoy nature.
On the other side of the hill from Satori Farm is a farm where KKK cross-burnings had been known to occur in the not-too-distant past (1970s). Steve’s saga began when the Township started an ordinance enforcement crusade against him, perhaps motivated by a racial animus spurred on by some developers’ interest in acquiring a prime piece of real estate.
Steve had been through numerous attorneys, and mortgage payments of his mysteriously disappeared, causing him an arrearage, leading to a series of fraudulent and ongoing attempts to foreclose on his property, and ultimately leading him to Don Bailey in 2004. Bailey filed a federal case on Steve’s behalf, which was assigned to Judge Conner, and led to the May, 2006, 4-page opinion, which is linked below that Steve, and others, believed reflected racial animus, or insensitivity at least, on the part of Judge Conner, and which later became a matter of sanctions, and the first known referral of Bailey by Conner to Killion/ODC.
Steve has a story to tell about the York County Courts as well, as does author Bill Keisling through yardbird.com, and Steve is continuing to fight in federal court, representing himself pro se, in a case in which Judge Kane has mistreated him for raising claims that he has been mistreated because of his association with Don Bailey. We will continue to provide updates on all of Steve’s courageous efforts, and for now link you to the following documents from his federal civil rights case where represented by Don Bailey – Conklin v. Warrington Township, et al..
The following files are provided for your review to familiarize yourself with the case: