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Deadline Detroit | Michigan GOP Rep Marino angered over protective order given to Mari Manoogian after breakup

ByJanice K. Merrill

Nov 30, 2021


Rep. Steve Marino, of R-Harrison Township, wants a judge to dismiss a personal protection order prohibiting him from contacting or being around Rep. Mari Manoogian, D-Birmingham.


Steve Marino and Mari Manoogian don’t smile at each other like that anymore

The 32-year-old state lawmaker obtained the order from Ingham County Court in September after what she called a “volatile relationship” with the 29-year-old woman and “threats” from her. The Republican House Speaker removed Marino’s commission duties after Manoogian showed him alarming texts. In addition, a security escort accompanies him to the floor of the House.

Marino’s attorney, Mike Rataj of Detroit, is now asking that the protective order be lifted because the posts were “away from potential violence” and were protected as free speech, according to The Detroit News.

The texts were “certainly discourteous on both sides” over the years, according to the motion, but fell short of the standard required to show the commission of “an illegal act of violence.”

“Calling someone by names, however coarse they may be, does not translate into imminent unlawful action, and Mr. Marino’s intention was not to incite anyone, including himself, to violate the law. law, ”the motion reads. … Finally, Rataj argued that the separation of state powers prevents the judiciary from restricting the actions of the legislature.

… In the texts, Marino said he would make it his “life mission to destroy” Manoogian, said he hoped “Manoogian’s car would explode on entering” and warned her to “hide on the house floor ”.

Judge Lisa McCormick of Mason County Court near Lansing is expected to hold a hearing this week on Marino’s request, according to The News.

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