Animal Activist Charged With Stalking Wayne State Researcher

DETROIT (AP) — A Florida animal-rights activist has been charged with stalking a Detroit researcher who works with dogs and had obtained a personal protection order against her.

Camille Marino of Wildwood, Fla., was arrested Wednesday after chaining herself to a library door at Wayne State University in Detroit. She was expected in court Saturday.

Marino has called Wayne State researcher Donal O’Leary a “war criminal” and worse for using dogs for cardiovascular experiments. She also has posted his address and other personal information online. Marino was ordered in March to remove any online rants about him.

Authorities say Marino violated a campus ban by appearing at Wayne State. She says her protests are protected by the First Amendment.

Defense attorney Matt Savich says Marino is passionate about her beliefs.

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