Yet when a local high-school newspaper said in 2009 that Sisley, 84, had been "accused of racist renting policies," he filed a libel lawsuit against Seattle Public Schools.
In July, Sisley lost the case when Judge Kimberly Prochnau agreed with an attorney for the school district that the allegedly defamatory statement was an opinion, Sisley failed to show that the statement was false, and that he failed to show his reputation had been damaged. She also ruled that the article did not disrupt the educational environment, and therefore could not be censored by Roosevelt High School administrators.
Lawyers for the school district said in court documents that "since at least 1998, Hugh Sisley and his brother Drake have been known as being among the three worst "slumlords" in the Seattle area, whose rental properties have been cited dozens of times for housing and building code violations." In 1998, Seattle Weekly reported on the Sisleys, noting that their properities were often identifiable by peeling paint, rickety steps, and yards full of debris. We left a message for Hugh Sisley, but haven't yet received a response.
Gilbert, who dealt directly with Sisley's tenants and managed evictions, among other things, has a long history of making outrageous statements, once telling a college newspaper reporter that there were 17 n*****s in his county, and by the time he was through, there wouldn't be any.
In 2005, Gilbert was arrested and later convicted for selling two machine guns after a search of his house, owned by Hugh Sisley, revealed more than 70 guns and 20,000 rounds of ammunition, according to court documents.
Drake Sisley, Hugh's brother, has also filed a lawsuit, which goes to trial in September 2012.
Building code violations, hiring a racist felon, suing a high-school newspaper. Hugh Sisley's actions speak for themselves.