Animal rights activist gets 6 months in jail
Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 4:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 4:31 p.m.
DETROIT — A Florida animal-rights activist who was arrested in Gainesville earlier this year at an animal rights protest has received a six-month jail sentence in Detroit for her protests against the activities of a Wayne State University researcher.
Camille Marino, of Wildwood, pleaded guilty to trespassing and unlawful posting charges in a deal with the Wayne County prosecutor's office, and Judge Bryan Levy sentenced her Wednesday.
She was arrested May 5 after chaining herself to a library door at Wayne State's campus in Detroit.
Marino has called Donal O'Leary a "war criminal" for using dogs for cardiovascular experiments. She also posted his address and other personal information online.
O'Leary had received a personal-protection order against Marino.
Marino, part of the animal rights group Negotiation is Over, was arrested in Gainesville in February while protesting outside the Gator Gala awards ceremony at Emerson Alumni Hall at the University of Florida. Gainesville police arrested Marino on an out-of-state warrant from the Wayne State case in Michigan.
Marino, 47, had a warrant issued against her stemming from a case in which she posted the home address, phone number and other information online about O'Leary. The researcher obtained a court order for the information to be removed.
Marino was held in criminal contempt for failing to do so and ordered to pay more than $6,281 in his legal fees.
In May, a half-dozen University of Florida employees said they had been harassed or threatened as a result of their home addresses and other contact information being posted on the animal-rights website, according to UF officials, who said at the time they hope that changes to the state's stalking law will help address these kind of threats.
Marino founded Negotiation is Over and has used its website in a campaign against researchers who she claims experiment on animals.