Posted by: Catherine Lugg | November 9, 2010

Andrew Shirvell is finally fired

Shirvell is the former Michigan Assistant Attorney General who waged a crusade against University of Michigan student body President Chris Armstrong, who is also gay. According to AnnArbor.com, the investigation into Shirvell’s behavior revealed that he:

* Showed up at Armstrong’s home three separate times, including once at 1:30 a.m. “That incident is especially telling because it clearly was about harassing Mr. Armstrong, not engaging in free speech,” the statement said.
* “Engaged in behavior that, while not perhaps sufficient to charge criminal stalking, was harassing, uninvited and showed a pattern that was in the everyday sense, stalking.”
* Harassed Armstrong’s friends as they were socializing in Ann Arbor.
* Called Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, Armstrong’s employer, in an attempt to “slander Armstrong and ultimately attempting to cause Pelosi to fire Armstrong.
* Attempted to “out” Armstrong’s friends as homosexual — several of whom aren’t gay.

The investigation found Shirvell engaged in his campaign on company time, Cox said. Shirvell called Pelosi’s office while at work, during working hours, and sometimes posted online attacks about Armstrong while at work, the statement said.

In addition, Cox’s statement said, Shirvell lied to investigating assistant attorneys general on several occasions during his disciplinary hearing.

It’s always the lying that gets people into trouble. Kudos to Cox for finally firing this homophobic loon. But it took far too long for Cox to get off the dime and do something. Shivell had free rein for months to harass and intimidate Armstrong.

And things might get even worse for Shirvell. Armstrong and his attorney, Deborah Gordon, have filed ethics complaints with the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission asking the commission to disbar Shirvell. Not only has Shirvell lost his job, he could lose his career.

I’m going to celebrate Shirvell’s firing. He no longer has the power of the state to lunch homophobic crusades against the queer citizens of the state of Michigan.

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  1. Chalk that one up to AC 360. Stunning what it takes to get public officials to act.


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