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August 18, 2012

Former Assistant Attorney General of Michigan was charged after saying Chris Armstrong seduced minors with alcohol

A lawyer is being ordered to pay millions after defaming a gay student by saying he seduced minors with alcohol and promoted a ‘homosexual lifestyle’.

A Detroit federal court jury awarded the 22-year-old Christopher Armstrong, who graduated last year as the University of Michigan’s first openly gay student body president, $4.5 million (£2.9m, €3.65m)on Thursday (16 August).

Andrew Shirvell, a former Michigan assistant attorney general, was found guilty for defamation, stalking, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy.

August 17, 2012

Former Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell must pay Chris Armstrong for harassing him

When former University of Michigan Student Body President Chris Armstrong couldn't get an apology from Andrew Shirvell for engaging in a one-man, anti-gay campaign against him in 2010, he sued.

Armstrong was seeking $25,000 in damages from Shirvell,  a one-time assistant attorney general for the state. But a jury in U.S. District Court on Thursday (16 August) decided he deserved much more: $4.5 million.

August 7, 2012

University of Michigan student says he would've dropped case if Andrew Shirvell apologized

All former University of Michigan Student Body President Chris Armstrong wanted was an apology.

But Andrew Shirvell, a one-time assistant attorney general for the state, has refused to say he is sorry for engaging in a one-man campaign against the openly gay Armstrong in 2010.

Now the two men will face off in court.

Jury selection is beginning in Detroit federal court in a defamation civil lawsuit Armstrong, who graduated in 2011, has filed against Shirvell.

March 27, 2012

Ruling states Andrew Shirvell engaged in 'physical and mental harassment of gay college student

A state hearing officer in Michigan ruled on Tuesday (27 March) that Andrew Shirvell, a one-time assistant attorney general for the state, was justly fired in 2010 for his harassment of a gay student leader.

William Hutchens of the Michigan Civil Service Commission said Shirvell engaged in 'hate speech' on a blog and 'physical and mental harassment' of then University of Michigan Student Body President Christopher Armstrong.