A follow up to this story. And a triumphant one at that!
Assistant State Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has finally been fired after launching an website aimed at harassing and stalking the University Of Michigan's first openly gay student body president. Shirvell went so far as to post pictures of student Chris Armstrong at his home and at parties. He was basically a stalker.Â He targeted Armstrong because Armstrong is gay. annarbor.com reports:
Shirvell was called before the attorney generalâ€™s staff at 1:30 p.m. today, said Philip Thomas, Shirvellâ€™s attorney. â€œThe only reason they gave was the fact that they felt his actions had made it impossible for him to continue in his role,â€ Thomas said. The Attorney Generalâ€™s Office was not available for comment. Shirvell has been under fire for comments he made about University of Michigan student body President Chris Armstrong, who is openly gay. Shirvell has shown up at public events to condemn Armstrongâ€™s â€œradical homosexual agenda.â€
Shirvell met for four hours on Friday with a panel made up of officials from the Attorney Generalâ€™s Office. Shirvell has claimed his actions were both protected by Constitutional rights of free speech and were conducted away from his work on off-hours. â€œI think itâ€™s most unfortunate,â€ Thomas said. â€œThis whole thing has a political aroma to me. I think my client is a victim of the liberal media piling on. In the first stories about this, (Attorney General Mike Cox) was quoted as saying that my client was doing this on his own time. Whatâ€™s changed since then?â€
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It must have been terrifying for Chris Armstrong, whose "radical homosexual agenda" included extending the hours for the school cafeteria and pushing for a freeze on tuition hikes, to be targeted by someone in such a powerful position.