DETROIT -- Animal rights activist Camille Marino was arrested Wednesday after chaining herself to Wayne State University's undergraduate library in protest of her ban from campus.
Marino, of Wildwood, Fla., was banned from campus last fall after writing graphic blog posts about WSU medical school professor and researcher Donal O'Leary and his research on dogs.
O'Leary received a personal protection order from Wayne County courts ordering Marino to take down his home address and phone number from her blog posts.
Marino had been due in court Wednesday to challenge the order, but that hearing was delayed while she switched attorneys. She has been arguing her posts are protected speech.
Marino and a handful of activists had scheduled a protest for 1 p.m. at WSU, but she arrived early, around noon, and chained herself to the library's front door with a bicycle lock. She placed a gag across her mouth in protest.
Campus police responded quickly, cut her lock with bolt cutters and arrested her, said WSU spokesman Matt Lockwood.
An arraignment date has not yet been set.
"Wayne State is dedicated to protecting its faculty and has barred Ms. Marino from its campus," Lockwood said in a statement. "Ms. Marino openly flouted the personal protection order and ignored an order to appear on contempt of court charges.
"Professor O'Leary is engaged in important research attempting to determine the causes of certain cardiac distress."
Marino knew she was likely to be arrested Wednesday when she showed up on campus, said Agatha Maksymiak, of London, Ontario, Marino's friend and fellow activist.
"She came to campus because she does not believe unjust laws should silence her," Maksymiak said. "Donal O'Leary is paid by WSU with taxpayer dollars to torture shelter dogs."
Marino is accused of writing graphic posts on her website, which include a litany of abuses she claims O'Leary committed against dogs, along with suggestions of what she wants to happen to O'Leary in return.
Marino's first blog post about O'Leary was Oct. 22. Titled, "Donal O'Leary: Federally-Funded Sadist Tortures Shelter Dogs to Death at Wayne State," it included his home address and phone number, along with his WSU email address, phone number and address.
The same day, she sent O'Leary an email at his WSU address that included a link to her blog, court records show.
"I hope you never have another peaceful night's sleep. ... I hope you wake up in a cold sweat every time you hear a creek in your blood-money mansion," the email said. "Mostly, I hope you die a slow painful death comparable to those you forced your victims to endure. Please don't interpret this as a threat. It's merely my most fond wishes for you."
O'Leary filed a request for a personal protection order, which the court granted Oct. 31. The order bars Marino from posting O'Leary's home information and was served on her in Florida on Nov. 3.
Hours after being served, Marino republished O'Leary's home information, records show.
"You are a war criminal," that post said. "Laws that protect you at the expense of the innocent are unjust and are, therefore, null and void."
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