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Andrew Shirvell Ordered To Pay Chris Armstrong $4.5 Million

Chris_ArmstrongA jury today said that former Michigan assistant district attorney Andrew Shirvell must pay Chris Armstrong (pictured) $4.5 million for 2010 blog posts that attacked Armstrong and his alleged "homosexual agenda" during Armstrong's tenure as student body president for University of Michigan.

ABC News offers more details:

Christopher Armstrong's attorney Deborah Gordon says a jury in U.S. District Court ruled in favor of her client Thursday.

Armstrong accused Andrew Shirvell of defamation and causing him emotional distress on an anti-gay blog, in Facebook posts and during visits to the Ann Arbor campus.
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Armstrong had offered to drop the lawsuit if Shirvell apologized.

Armstrong's suit also only asked for $25,000. Mr. Shirvell sure could have saved a lot of trouble and money if he had just offered some contrition instead of rattling on about "radical homosexual agendas" and how his blogs were a one-man "movement" to oust Armstrong.

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  1. Andrew Shirvell will never pay 4.5 mllion. He's been rendered mostly unemployable and some douchbag Christian organization probably picked him up. All he needed to do was say "I'm sorry". Shirvell is the gayest thing since the rainbow flag. What a hot mess he is.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Aug 16, 2012 7:02:22 PM


  2. Shirvell is shriveling right now

    Posted by: Bubba | Aug 16, 2012 7:03:12 PM


  3. This court decision seems like an attack on free speech. I don't think it will survive scrutiny from a higher court.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 16, 2012 7:08:05 PM


  4. aaaaaand once again jason demonstrates to all of us that clues haven't come a-knockin' at his door yet.

    Posted by: alguien | Aug 16, 2012 7:11:54 PM


  5. Stalking, attacking, defaming, and harassing a private citizen is not "free speech."

    Posted by: John Equality | Aug 16, 2012 7:12:03 PM


  6. Jason, why don't you go crawl back in Ann Coulter's vagina?

    Posted by: Tessie Tura | Aug 16, 2012 7:13:06 PM


  7. @Jason: There's something called 'libel', not everything comes under the protection of freedom of speech and expression. Geez. Grow up already.

    Posted by: Alejo | Aug 16, 2012 7:14:20 PM


  8. I've watched Jason's postings for a good while now. He and Rick seem to get sicker and sicker as time goes by. Amazes me how full of hate for gay people some "out" gay people are.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Aug 16, 2012 7:25:08 PM


  9. I'm laughing so hard I don't even care what Jason is blathering on about.

    Posted by: mick | Aug 16, 2012 7:27:59 PM


  10. Andrew Shirvell isn't the only homophobic "straight man" obsessed with gays. I'm convinced a few of the commentators on various gay sites are straight people acting stupid to either irritate us or discredit us.

    Posted by: RomanHans | Aug 16, 2012 7:28:50 PM


  11. All Shirvell had to do was apologize.

    Oh well.

    Posted by: Rev. Verdon Coleman | Aug 16, 2012 7:30:25 PM


  12. I don't see how Chris Armstrong was defamed. Criticized, yes. Defamed, no. How is it defamatory to accuse someone of spreading a "homosexual agenda"? I'm not getting this.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 16, 2012 7:48:24 PM


  13. @Jason...of course you're "not getting it" you a-hole. Move on already...you're time is up here.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Aug 16, 2012 7:59:38 PM


  14. Besides being a first class bigot, Shirvell sure is one big dumb A$$. Chris Armstrong, enjoy the money, at least what is left after the greedy lawyers take their huge cut. Terrorists, bigots and lawyers are my least favorite people.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 16, 2012 8:00:02 PM


  15. Shirvell went well beyond the limits of free speech to harassment, stalking, and libel. Anyone who has followed the case at all knows this.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 16, 2012 8:01:05 PM


  16. Congrats to Christopher !! Isn't it great when the system works to punish bad behavior? Gotta love it. I'm sure shrivell has no money left...and no job either...but winning is such a woody in itself.
    Can you say...shrivell up?

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Aug 16, 2012 8:03:16 PM


  17. @jason the legal definition of defamation encompasses "any intentional false communication... that harm's a person's reputation...". the operational word is "false".

    http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/defamation

    among other assertions made by shirvell that were found to be false in a court of law as judged by a jury of his peers, shirvell asserted that armstrong held a "gay rush party" to "liquor up underage freshmen" and recruit them "to the homosexual lifestyle".

    http://www.annarbor.com/news/u-m-student-body-president-files-lawsuit-against-former-state-assistant-attorney-general/#.UC2IHWt5mK0


    Posted by: Jed | Aug 16, 2012 8:03:37 PM


  18. Shirvell called Armstrong a "Nazi," "Satan's Representative at UofM," accused him of enticing underaged students to drink alcohol, and trying to seduce other males into the "homosexual lifestyle." Those last two are not opinions but specific accusations or wrongdoing, and supplying alcohol to minors is illegal so Shirvell accused him a crime.

    I don't expect the monetary damages will stand but it's good the jury slapped the little toad down. You'd think at some point Shirvell would realize how far out of line his actions were, but I don't think he's capable of that much insight.

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 16, 2012 8:08:04 PM


  19. People call each other Nazis over the internet all the time.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 16, 2012 8:13:47 PM


  20. Do you guys understand how trolls work? They leave some outrageous comment "spark" which ignites the comments section into a rant that has nothing to do with the original article. Stop falling for it and just ignore Jason/Rick/Ratbastard.

    If you don't feed the obvious trolls they'll starve.

    Posted by: MateoM | Aug 16, 2012 8:14:25 PM


  21. Do you guys understand how trolls work? They leave some outrageous comment "spark" which ignites the comments section into a rant that has nothing to do with the original article. Stop falling for it and just ignore Jason/Rick/Ratbastard.

    If you don't feed the obvious trolls they'll starve.

    Posted by: MateoM | Aug 16, 2012 8:14:27 PM


  22. @Jason: The half-sentence you cited has virtually nothing to do with the case. Your comment does remind me of how the right-wing media (based on their history) are likley to falsely frame this (just as the FRC pretends that it has been called a hate group because they "support traditional marriage.")
    At this link, you can read the full complaint against Shirvill's creepy behavior, but it is far too long and far-ranging to be summed up in even a few paragraphs:

    http://www.annarbor.com/Filed%20Complaint%20%26%20Jury%20Demand.pdf

    Posted by: GregV | Aug 16, 2012 8:16:00 PM


  23. I'm glad he was condemned, but isn't 4.5 million a bit much for this type of affair??

    It doesn't seem right to me, like there's something behind this that I can't understand.

    Posted by: G.I. Joe | Aug 16, 2012 8:24:25 PM


  24. Ha, haha, hahaha. Shrivelled Shirvell. he may not be able to pay, but the judgement will hurt his credit--he won't be able to get a loan for a house, car, or to start a new business. His credit cards may also be affected. I truly believe that he's mentally ill and amoral

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Aug 16, 2012 8:26:47 PM


  25. Given that the slimne bag has nothing close to $4.5 million, the jury's verdict is symbolic. But, a victory never the less.

    Now, if only the haters at NOM had gotten hit with $4.5 million fine for the flaunting of campaign contribution laws. Instead, NOM who has the money got fined only $49,0000.

    Posted by: Continuum | Aug 16, 2012 8:30:56 PM


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