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Michigan Court Denies Former Assistant AG Andrew Shirvell's Attempt to Claim Unemployment


Andrew Shirvell, the ousted Michigan assistant attorney general, has been denied access to unemployment benefits following a ruling by the Michigan appeals court. In 2010 the Michigan attorney general’s office fired Shirvell for waging a homophobic personal campaign against Chris Armstrong, a gay college student at the University of Michigan. In addition to demonstrating on campus, Shirvell ran a blog, the Chris Armstrong Watch, where he accused Armstrong of being a Nazi as well as a recruiter for 'the cult that is homosexuality.’

Shirvell claimed that because his harassment of Armstrong took place outside of the office, his actions were protected by the First Amendment. In a 3-0 decision, however, judges Stephen Borrello, Christopher Murray and Peter O'Connell found that the attorney general’s office was justified in its decision citing that Shirvell’s actions had a markedly adverse impact on the office’s credibility.

"The department, as the chief law enforcement agency in the state, represents all of the citizens of Michigan irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or creed,” the court said in its ruling. “Shirvell's conduct reasonably could have created the impression that neither he nor the department enforced the law in a fair, even-handed manner without bias.”

Shirvell has expressed his intentions of appealing the court’s decision.

Listen to Andrew Shirvell attempt to justify his vicious online bullying AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-Gay Republican Andrew Shirvell Wins Unemployment Benefits

ShirvellMAndrew Shirvell was fired from his job at Michigan's Attorney General's office in 2010 after harassing gay University of Michigan student body president Chris Armstrong and his alleged "homosexual agenda".

Shirvell has since been ordered to pay Armstrong $4.5 million for defamation and emotional distress.

It's unlikely Shirvell has that amount of money, but he'll soon be receiving unemployment benefits that could help pay his tab:

Shirvell's original request for unemployment benefits was denied because he was dismissed for misconduct.

But Ingham County Judge Paula Manderfield last month ordered Shirvell to get unemployment benefits, claiming he "was fired for constitutionally protected speech" rather than misconduct.

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.
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.

Irrepressible Andrew Shirvell Still Defending 'Homosexual Agenda' Attacks

ShirvellAndrew Shirvell hasn't changed a bit.

You'll recall that Shirvell is the former Michigan assistant attorney general who lost his job in 2010 after launching a heinous one-man crusade against openly gay University of Michigan student body president Chris Armstrong, whom he accused of pushing the "homosexual agenda".

Well, Shirvell made that very same claim yesterday, when he acted as his own lawyer and defended himself against Armstrong's federal lawsuit against him.

Insisting he has "no hatred in his heart" from Armstrong, Shirvell told the court Armstrong advocated a "radical homosexual agenda" during his tenure at the school, according to Detroit Free Press. And Shirvell also claims that his blog about Armstrong was "political speech" designed to topple's the student's presidency.

Shirvell questioned himself on the witness stand for more than an hour Wednesday, trying to convince the jury he was upset by Armstrong's push for gender-neutral housing at U-M. Shirvell graduated in 2002.

"My blog was political speech," Shirvell testified. "I viewed my blog as a movement to get Mr. Armstrong to resign. I personally felt Mr. Armstrong was too radical for the position."

Armstrong's attorney, Deborah Gordon, questioned whether Shirvell was really upset with the gender-neutral issue, or whether he was "obsessed" with her client.

Armstrong's suit, which is asking $25,000 in compensatory damages, says Shirvell defamed his character and inflicted emotional distress.

Chris Armstrong Announces U. of Michigan Scholarship Fund for Students Who Have Faced Bullying: VIDEO


In a new YouTube video, Chris Armstrong, the gay former student body President at the University of Michigan who was harassed and bullied by assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell in a highly-publicized story last year, announces that he and his family have set up a special scholarship fund at the U. of M for students who have faced bullying.

Shirvell was fired after publishing a blog in which he called  Armstrong  a radical homosexual, a Nazi, and Satan’s representative on the U of M assembly.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Andrew Shirvell Claims to Be Victim of University of Michigan Student Body President Chris Armstrong's 'Homosexual Agenda'


In early April I reported that University of Michigan President student body president Chris Armstrong was suing former Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell for stalking and cyber-bullying Armstrong for months. Shirvell lost his job as a result of his actions.

Armstrong is seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

Said Armstrong's attorney: "This guy has behaved so irresponsibly, especially for an attorney. He’s a rebel without a cause. At this point, it’s not about the money. Mr. Shirvell has refused to retract any of his bizarre and untruthful points. We want to set the record straight."

Now Shirvell wants the case thrown out. The Detroit Free Press reports on a May 6 filing in which Shirvell asks the judge to dismiss Armstrong's lawsuit and claims he is the real victim:

The filing claims that Armstrong actually pursued a “course of action” against Shirvell “to make an example out of (me) in order to deter others from criticizing (Armstrong’s) homosexual activist agenda.” 

“Mr. Armstrong’s lawsuit is politically motivated,” Shirvell said in an e-mail. “For months, Mr. Armstrong has garnered publicity for himself and for his political agenda by trashing me in the media. The lawsuit filed on April 1st is nothing more than Mr. Armstrong’s latest publicity stunt. It is entirely without merit and totally devoid of reality. Mr. Armstrong has suffered no damages. I am confident that the Court will ultimately throw-out Mr. Armstrong’s baseless lawsuit and that my First Amendment rights will be upheld.”

Shirvell's claims couldn't be further from the truth.


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