Andrew Shirvell http://michiganradio.org en Federal judge dismisses lawsuit by anti-gay attorney http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-dismisses-lawsuit-anti-gay-attorney <p>DETROIT (AP) - An ex-attorney for the state of Michigan who was fired after expressing hostility toward a gay University of Michigan student government president has lost a defamation lawsuit against another lawyer.<br><br>Detroit federal Judge Arthur Tarnow on Tuesday said Deborah Gordon's comments about Andrew Shirvell were either true or opinions and showed no malice. He dismissed the case.<br><br>Gordon called Shirvell a "rebel without a clue," among other things.<br><br>Shirvell says the ruling "reeks of hypocrisy and a double-standard."<br> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:06:02 +0000 The Associated Press 14468 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge dismisses lawsuit by anti-gay attorney State asks judge to reconsider awarding jobless benefits to Andrew Shirvell http://michiganradio.org/post/state-asks-judge-reconsider-awarding-jobless-benefits-andrew-shirvell <p>The state of Michigan is asking a judge to reconsider her decision to award unemployment benefits to former assistant state attorney general&nbsp; Andrew Shirvell.</p><p>Shirvell was fired in November 2010 by then Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox for misconduct after harassing a student leader at the University of Michigan.</p><p>Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network reported the story Friday:</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:59:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9909 at http://michiganradio.org State asks judge to reconsider awarding jobless benefits to Andrew Shirvell Andrew Shirvell to receive unemployment benefits after court ruling http://michiganradio.org/post/andrew-shirvell-receive-unemployment-benefits-after-court-ruling <p>A judge in Lansing says Andrew Shirvell is entitled to unemployment benefits after being fired as an assistant state attorney general.</p><p>Shirvell was discharged for misconduct, but the judge says he was simply exercising his free speech rights in a crusade against a gay student leader.</p><p>Andrew Shirvell drew widespread attention for his campaign to discredit the University of Michigan’s first openly gay student body president.</p><p>Shirvell wrote a blog, showed up to protest at events that were attended by Chris Armstrong, and staked out his house with a video camera.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:46:34 +0000 Rick Pluta 9693 at http://michiganradio.org Andrew Shirvell to receive unemployment benefits after court ruling Former assistant state attorney ordered to pay $4.5M to gay U-M student http://michiganradio.org/post/former-assistant-state-attorney-ordered-pay-45m-gay-u-m-student <p>DETROIT (AP) - A jury has awarded a gay University of Michigan student body president $4.5 million in his lawsuit against a former Michigan assistant attorney general who posted about him in an anti-gay blog.<br><br> The U.S. District Court jury in Detroit ruled Thursday in favor of Christopher Armstrong. He claims he suffered distress after a blog created by Andrew Shirvell accused him of enticing minors with alcohol and recruiting people to become homosexual.<br><br> Armstrong says he's "humbled by what happened" and says it's also a victory "for a lot of other kids out there."<br> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 02:04:17 +0000 The Associated Press 8706 at http://michiganradio.org Former assistant state attorney ordered to pay $4.5M to gay U-M student Former Michigan assistant Attorney General suing over ouster http://michiganradio.org/post/former-michigan-assistant-attorney-general-suing-over-ouster <p>Former Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell is doing what lawyers often do - he&#39;s suing.</p><p>Shirvell is going after a Detroit-based lawyer for delivering information that led to his firing from the Michigan Attorney General&#39;s Office.</p><p>While he was an assistant Attorney General, Shirvell used a blog to assail a University of Michigan student government president for promoting &quot;a radical homosexual agenda&quot; on campus.</p><p>He was later fired and is now being sued by Chris Armstrong, the former student government president, in federal court.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111031/NEWS06/111031015/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Now, Shirvell is suing attorney Deborah Gordon, who is representing U-M student Chris Armstrong. Shirvell claims Gordon fed information to investigators at the attorney general&#39;s office. He also has accused her of defamation.</p><p>Gordon says the lawsuit is &quot;crazy.&quot; Shirvell expects the case will be combined with the pending lawsuit filed against him by Armstrong. Shirvell moved to North Babylon, N.Y., after leaving Michigan state government.</p></blockquote><p>Shirvell explained his actions in an interview with CNN&#39;s Anderson Cooper last year:</p><p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" height="350" id="ep" width="400"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="movie" value="http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&amp;videoId=bestoftv/2010/09/29/ac.asst.da.targets.gay.student.cnn" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#000000" height="350" src="http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&amp;videoId=bestoftv/2010/09/29/ac.asst.da.targets.gay.student.cnn" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400" wmode="transparent"></embed></object></p><p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:50:48 +0000 Mark Brush 4767 at http://michiganradio.org Former Michigan assistant Attorney General suing over ouster Lifting lifetime bans on the U of M campus http://michiganradio.org/post/lifting-lifetime-bans-u-m-campus <p>Hundreds of people <a href="http://www.ur.umich.edu/update/archives/110601/trespass">banned from the University of Michigan campus</a> may soon be able to walk again freely on the Ann Arbor campus.&nbsp; More than 2 thousand people landed on U of M&rsquo;s lifetime campus ban list during the past decade for a variety of offenses.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In the past, if you landed on the list, you had little chance of ever getting permission to walk again on the Ann Arbor campus.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:41:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 2706 at http://michiganradio.org Lifting lifetime bans on the U of M campus University of Michigan student sues former assistant attorney general http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-student-sues-former-assistant-attorney-general <p>Andrew Shirvell gained <a href="http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2010/09/29/ac.asst.da.targets.gay.student.cnn.html">national attention</a> for his public campaign against a University of Michigan student.</p><p>Now, that U-M student is suing him.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110406/METRO/104060420/1361/beta/U-M-student-sues-fired-assistant-Attorney-General-Shirvell">Detroit News</a> reports:</p><blockquote><p>A University of Michigan student is suing a fired assistant attorney general for allegedly stalking him and defaming his character last year in a scandal that received nationwide publicity.</p><p>The lawsuit was filed Friday in Washtenaw Circuit Court by Christopher Armstrong, 21, the president of the U-M Student Assembly, against Andrew Shirvell, who was fired by former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox last November for using state computers to wage a campaign against the openly gay student. Wed, 06 Apr 2011 20:11:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1942 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan student sues former assistant attorney general U-M student leader drops request for PPO against assistant state attorney general http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-student-leader-drops-request-ppo-against-assistant-state-attorney-general <p><span class="article-content"><span>A University of Michigan student leader has dropped his request for a personal protection order against an assistant state attorney general.<br /> <br /> Andrew Shirvell used his blog to attack Chris Armstrong for promoting what Shirvell called a radical homosexual agenda on campus.<br /> <br /> Shirvell also protested at events where Armstrong was present.<br /> <br /> Philip Thomas is Andrew Shirvell&#39;s lawyer.<br /> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 17:32:53 +0000 Rina Miller 184 at http://michiganradio.org U-M student leader drops request for PPO against assistant state attorney general