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Former Democratic Party official Bret Berlin charged with violating stay away order

The order stems from domestic violence allegations made by his ex-wife.

Bret Berlin, ex-Democratic National Committee member and former chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, is now facing charges after allegedly violating a stay away order stemming from domestic violence allegations made by his ex-wife.

Berlin is currently being held per those charges and will face house arrest upon release, according to the Miami-Dade Corrections website. He was booked on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Berlin does not currently have an attorney listed.

The stay away order was issued as part of a previous case involving Berlin and his ex-wife.. A source familiar with the most recent proceedings also says Berlin will be given restricted visitation rights with his children, being denied contact outside of a court-supervised setting.

In addition to serving on the DNC and as chair of the Miami-Dade Democrats, Berlin was also a former vice chair of the Florida Democratic Party and a Miami-Dade committeeman.

Berlin’s resignation from his committeeman post in 2016 stirred some controversy within the party. Berlin resigned just days after being elected and was replaced by billionaire Stephen Bittel.

Bittel’s role as committeeman then made him eligible to run for chair of the state party. That sparked accusations of collusion among party members who favored Bittel as chair to get Berlin to step aside to make way for Bittel to serve as committeeman.

Bittel did eventually secure the top spot in the state party, before being forced to resign due to inappropriate comments toward women co-workers.

The dispute between Berlin and his ex-wife dates back to the couple’s 2011 divorce filing. However, Berlin’s ex-wife filed another petition with the court as recently as this past December, at which the stay away order was issued.

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to ryan.t.nicol@gmail.com.

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