Chris Armstrong http://michiganradio.org en 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