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Md. delegate faces domestic violence hearing

ANNAPOLIS — A freshman delegate from Baltimore County is expected to be in court Monday related to a domestic violence protection order filed against him.

When approached before a committee hearing Thursday, Del. Hasan M. “Jay” Jalisi, D-Baltimore County, said he had no knowledge of the civil protection order and the scheduled March 2 hearing.

“I have no idea,” Jalisi said while walking quickly past a reporter and entering a committee room.

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Details pertaining to the incident that led to the filing of the protective order are not immediately available. There are no related criminal charges, according to available court records.

The civil order that appears in online court records was filed Feb. 24 and requires him to avoid contact with an unnamed victim. The order also requires Jalisi to stay away from an unspecified home and school.

Jalisi is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for hearing bills on a number of legal issues including domestic violence laws. He is listed as the co-sponsor on three such pieces of legislation, including two proposals that expand or increase protections afforded under domestic violence protection orders.

Jalisi won the Democratic primary last year and later faced questions about his residency. A Republican political opponent filed complaints with both the Board of Elections and in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court claiming that Jalisi did not live in an Owings Mills home in the 11000 block of Reisterstown Road. Instead, the opponent claimed, Jalisi continued to reside in a home with his wife in a neighboring district in the Lutherville-Timonium area.

In a lengthy interview in October, Jalisi said he and his wife were in a trial separation and that he was not living in the home near Caves Valley Country Club.

Jalisi said the separation was informal. Court records do not show that the delegate or his wife have formally filed a legal separation or for divorce. His online House of Delegates profile lists him as married.

Jalisi said in October that he hoped to reconcile with his wife even though doing so could potentially impact his elected office if he moved back into the Lutherville-Timonium area home.