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Jury Will Hear Trial Involving Gay Student, Lawyer

Wednesday Aug 8, 2012

DETROIT (AP) - Jury selection is starting in a civil lawsuit against a former state of Michigan lawyer who is accused of stalking and defaming a gay student government president at the University of Michigan.

An attorney for Chris Armstrong says she would drop the case if ex-Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell apologized. Instead, the case is going to trial Tuesday in Detroit federal court.

Shirvell was fired in 2010 after criticizing Armstrong on an anti-gay blog, in Facebook posts and during visits to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He says he has a right to express his belief that Armstrong is a radical activist.

Shirvell now lives in North Babylon, N.Y. He says his statements were true or protected because Armstrong was a public figure.

Armstrong graduated in 2011.

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  • Wayne M., 2012-08-09 21:36:34

    The remarks and actions by ex-Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell bordered on character assassination (if in fact they were not deliberate character assassination). Using religious beliefs or the free speech as excuses to justify his attack on Chris Armstrong does not make his behaviour right or moral. Clearly Shirvell has not taken responsibility for his behaviour which leads me to ask if he really has any right to be a lawyer.

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