Camille Marino to be sentenced December 5
Thu, 22 November 2012
An animal rights activist who targeted a Wayne State University professor, with blog posts calling for him to be tortured, pleaded guilty this Tuesday to two criminal charges.
Camille Marino is to be sentenced on December 5th in Wayne County Circuit Court for unlawful posting of a message with aggravating circumstances and trespass.
Marino was arrested in May on Wayne State University campus after she chained herself to the undergraduate library doors. She had been previously banned from WSU campus following a series of threatening blog posts about Professor Donal O'Leary, who conducts research on dogs at the WSU medical school.
The posts included Professor O’Leary’s home address and phone number.
Last year O'Leary was granted a personal protection order from Wayne County courts ordering Marino to remove his home address and phone number from her posts. However, Marino republished O'Leary's home information soon after.
In her court case Marino argued the posts and e-mail were federally protected free speech and not stalking. She also said she never intended to act on the violence she described in the e-mail.
WSU spokesman Matt Lockwood said, "We're pleased that Ms. Marino is being held accountable for her irresponsible behaviour. Wayne State continues to support Dr. O'Leary and remains dedicated to the protection of its faculty."