UM Student Sues Ex-assistant State Attorney

ANN ARBOR (WWJ/AP) – The openly gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan has sued a former assistant state attorney general on charges of stalking and causing emotional distress.

Chris Armstrong filed the suit against Andrew Shirvell on Friday in Washtenaw County Circuit Court.

Armstrong’s attorney Deborah Gordon said in the complaint that Shirvell displayed a “bizarre personal obsession” with Armstrong through critical blog and Facebook posts in which he claimed Armstrong was pushing a “radical homosexual agenda.”

“First of all, I’ve got him showing up in front of my client’s house; I’ve got him going to places where my client is appearing as MSA president. He’s obviously a troubled person,” Gordon said, Wednesday.

“What we wanted was for the record to be corrected by him. Since he’s not willing to do it, we’re gonna do it,” she said.

Shirvell told The Associated Press he had no comment.

Armstrong, who is set to graduate from the University of Michigan this spring, filed his lawsuit in Washtenaw County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000  in damages.

Shirvell was fired by the state in December after being accused of harassing Armstrong. He is a 2002 University of Michigan graduate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.


One Comment

  1. Titu says:

    This entire cifsao as been perpetrated for the sole purpose of challenging the hate crime law protecting gays. Shirvell is nothing but a political embed for all the right wing groups such as Michigan Family Association (who were tossed out of court) so as to challenge the law through his shenanigans. when the records are revealed this will be proven. I am laying odds that Shirvell did nothing but work on anti gay briefs and anti democratic legislation briefs. When Shirvell was on AC360 he gave the name of Alliance Defense Fund. That is who he really works for among others. It will come out that Shirvell told ADF about Armstrong and that it was Shirvell who called the police so he could film them showing up. Never pick a zealot to be your martyr. The anti gay Christian right is going to go down in flames over this incident.

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