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Supreme Court won't take appeal from fired state lawyer

Dec 19, 2015
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court won't get involved in the case of a state lawyer who was fired after hounding a gay student leader at the University of Michigan.

 

In a brief order, the court says it won't hear an appeal from Andrew Shirvell over unemployment benefits and other issues.

Shirvell was an assistant attorney general when he was fired in 2010. He had criticized Christopher Armstrong on an anti-gay blog, in Facebook posts and during visits to the University of Michigan.

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.

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.

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Former Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell is doing what lawyers often do - he's suing.

Shirvell is going after a Detroit-based lawyer for delivering information that led to his firing from the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

While he was an assistant Attorney General, Shirvell used a blog to assail a University of Michigan student government president for promoting "a radical homosexual agenda" on campus.

He was later fired and is now being sued by Chris Armstrong, the former student government president, in federal court.

From the Detroit Free Press:

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's office. He also has accused her of defamation.

Gordon says the lawsuit is "crazy." 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.

Shirvell explained his actions in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper last year: