Delegate Accused of Domestic Violence


State Del. Hasan “Jay” Jalisi (D-District 10) failed to appear in Baltimore County District Court Monday morning to address a protective order brought against him by his teenage daughter.

Jalisi, whose disputed residence in Baltimore County drew headlines last fall, is accused by his daughter of slapping her during a Feb. 21 altercation at a home on Greenspring Avenue in Lutherville, where she and Jalisi’s wife live, according to court documents. Though political filings list Jalisi’s address on Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills, documents filed by the daughter say he is at the Greenspring Avenue house, outside of the district he represents, three to four days a week. His absence in court resulted in a one-week extension of a temporary restraining order granted Feb. 24.

Jalisi “pushed open my bedroom door and demanded I agree with him in an argument with my mother,” his daughter wrote in a petition to the court. When she refused, documents allege Jalisi grabbed her laptop and the two struggled for the computer.

“As my mother and younger brother rushed to the scene, he slapped me with his left hand on my left cheek and almost hit me again to quiet my screams, but my brother pushed us away,” the account continued. The police were called, and Jalisi was escorted off the property.

Filings also acknowledge at least six other incidents of “verbal harassment, intimidations, persistently following to places or demanding whereabouts, slandering,” and also requests protection for Jalisi’s wife and 13-year-old son.

The daughter, a student at Johns Hopkins University, attended the hearing with her mother.

Jalisi acknowledged the matter in an email to the Baltimore Jewish Times but has not officially been served with his summons, although online records show he has retained an attorney.

“I love my daughter very much and have always had her best interest at heart,” Jalisi said. “Parenting of a child, especially a teenager, is hard for everyone. My family and I are working to resolve this situation privately and quickly, and I am confident that it [will] be resolved very soon. I request everyone to allow us some privacy in dealing with this unfortunate family matter. “

Alan Silverberg, the attorney present for Jalisi’s daughter, said that he and Jalisi’s attorney have been in contact, but “we’ve been unable to negotiate any kind of resolution,” he told the court. Jalisi’s attorney had not been authorized to accept service on his client’s behalf at the time of the hearing.

The first-term delegate sits on the Judiciary Committee, Civil Law and Procedure Subcommittee and the Juvenile Law Subcommittee.

Office staff said the delegate did not make an appearance at his office on Monday. Another hearing is scheduled for March 9.

The deadline to reach Jalisi for service extends six months, after which time the petition for a final order effectively dies, said Judge Sally C. Chester, who presided over the hearing. If the final order is granted, it could forbid Jalisi from contacting his wife or children for one year. He would not indicate whether he planned to attend the March 9 hearing or disclose when he retained the lawyer.

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