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Md. delegate doesn’t show at protective order hearing

TOWSON — A temporary protective order against a state delegate from Baltimore County remains in effect for another week after he failed to appear in court.

Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi, a Democrat, did not appear in District Court for a scheduled hearing this morning. Jalisi’s daughter sought the order last week over an altercation where she alleges that he slapped her—a claim the delegate has denied.

An attorney contacted by the court said the freshman Democrat had not been served and that he was not authorized to accept service.

David Mann, an Owings Mills attorney representing the delegate, entered his appearance on the case Friday. Alan H. Silverberg, an attorney for the daughter, told District Court Judge Sally C. Chester that he had been in contact with Mann regarding the hearing.

“We’ve been unable to negotiate a resolution,” Silverberg told the judge.

Mann, who was not in court, told court staff that his client had not yet been formally served and he was not authorized to accept service.

Chester said it was unusual for an attorney to enter an appearance but not be in the courtroom but ordered a one-week extension of the temporary order because she was concerned “about something like this going ahead without giving the respondent an opportunity.”

“I want to do it right,” Chester said.

Jalisi’s 18-year old daughter, a pre-med student at Johns Hopkins University, filed for the protective order on Feb. 24. In a brief interview last week, Jalisi denied knowledge of the domestic violence protective order and said he had not been served.

Typically, a temporary protective order lasts about a week, enough time for a final protective order hearing to be scheduled. This temporary order can be extended for a week at a time pending service of the respondent.

A final protective order can last for a year.

In a police report, the daughter alleges that her father slapped her and attempted to wrestle a laptop computer from her during an argument about her boyfriend.

In that report, the delegate denied striking his daughter and said he and his daughter had argued and told police she had become “very disrespectful” and that he did not approve of her boyfriend, according to a police report. He alleged that she pushed him to the ground.

Charges were not filed in the Feb. 21 incident.

Elise Armacost, a Baltimore County Police Department spokeswoman, said officers who do not witness an assault or see visible marks from an altercation cannot file charges. In such cases, victims are provided information on how to apply for criminal charges and a protective order through a court commissioner.

Jalisi, who is the co-sponsor of a number of bills related to domestic violence and protection orders, did not attend hearings on those bills Friday.

Silverberg, the attorney for the daughter, declined to provide details about the incident or why his client has not filed criminal charges related to the alleged assault.

“We’re handling this as a private family matter,” Silverberg told reporters gathered outside the courthouse.

In a hand-written filing made with a Baltimore County District Court commissioner, the daughter wrote that the delegate pushed open her bedroom door and demanded that she side with him in a dispute with his wife.

“Upon my disagreement, he snatched up my school laptop and taunted me, holding it above my reach,” the daughter wrote, adding that the delegate “intimidated me by starring me down and belittling me.”

She wrote that she and her father tripped and fell and that her father accused her of pushing him — a claim she denies in her written statement. She wrote that the delegate held her computer over the edge of the stairway, threatening to drop it, and when she screamed for help he slapped her face with his left hand and was poised to “hit me again to quiet my screams” at the time that she saw her brother and mother arrive.

In her statement, the daughter accuses Hasan Jalisi of a pattern of intimidation, harassment and slander and said he is “persistently following (her) to places) or demanding whereabouts.”