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September 30th, 2010
09:18 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Mich. Asst. AG banned from UM campus

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

There’s new evidence tonight of possible grounds for the dismissal of Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell. We learned today the University of Michigan has banned Shirvell from its Ann Arbor campus. Shirvell has been attacking Chris Armstrong, the first openly gay president of the Michigan Student Assembly, through blog posts. He’s also protested outside Armstrong’s home and on campus. We also learned today that Armstrong has filed a personal order of protection against Shirvell. Last night on 360, Shirvell’s boss, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, told Anderson that if a restraining order were to be filed against Shirvell, it would open the door for disciplinary measures. Will the news that Armstrong has filed for a personal protection order force the AG’s hand? Michigan’s Governor, Jennifer Granholm weighed in today on Twitter, saying “If I was still Attorney General and Andrew Shirvell worked for me, he would have already been fired.” Keeping them honest, we’ll dig into the legal implications of the latest developments.

Also tonight, Sarah Palin is using Twitter to attack U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida, a democrat who’s running for re-election. She’s also accusing the media of not checking the facts in a recent Grayson ad. Actually, we already did. We’ll tell you what we found.

We also have an amazing update in our Doctor Detectives series. 360 MD Sanjay Gupta has been following the story of Sally Massagee for more than a year. Sally has been a medical mystery for nearly a decade. Doctors couldn’t tell her what was causing her muscles to grow out of control. She was desperate for a diagnosis, and finally found one at the Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the National Institutes of Health. In his recent reports, Sanjay showed us how teams of highly skilled doctor detectives worked together to solve Sally’s mystery. Tonight, you’ll see just how far she’s come since getting a diagnosis. She was in New York this week. We think you’ll be amazed by her transformation. We certainly were.

We’ll also talk to Dr. Phil about another disturbing case of cyberbullying. Tyler Clementi, who had just started his freshman year at Rutgers University in New Jersey, apparently jumped off the George Washington Bridge, after his roommate and another student streamed a web cam video of Clementi having a sexual encounter with a man in his dorm room. Dr. Phil weighs in on this troubling story.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Jon Dobson

    Contrary to Michigan Attorney General Michael Cox's assertions, Andrew Shirvell's activities against Chris Armstrong have not been limited to "off-hours". According to Ann Arbor Police records, the Ann Arbor Police responded to a complaint that Shirvell was protesting outside Chris Armstrong's house on September 6th at 11:27 a.m. September 6th was a Monday. Since when does Monday at 11:27 a.m. constitute "off-hours?"

    September 30, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  2. David O

    Good to see the blog removed and the negative comments about Chris Armstrong, myself, and others finally gone! Thank you for all who reported it.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  3. Rick

    Thank you for presenting the story regarding the Michigan Assistant Attorney General. He should be fired. If he can't see that his actions are threatening the free speech rights (and the safety) of Sherrill then the attorney general needs to be fired because he is not protecting the citizens of Michigan.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Embarassed in Michigan

    CNN should file a Freedom of Information request with the Michigan Attorney General's office for the history files of electronic devices used by all of the Michigan "Assistant Attorney General" employees (This title gets passed around like popcorn).
    Some AAGs have so much time on their hands that a number of them spend many hours blogging and on personal emails. This violates the state employee internet policy and is grounds for dismissal (and easily documented). I understand that Mike Cox is upset about his failed governor bid, but he is still being paid to supervise.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  5. sam

    There are a lot of films being shot in Michigan. Hollywood actors should propose a boycott of shotting films in Michigan unless Mike Cox and Andrew Shirvell are fired.BOYCOTT Michigan. It is the new Arizona.Racist state

    September 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  6. bill kokenos

    Has anyone looked in to the fact that maybe this asst ag has more than political ties to mike cox? Remember Mr. Cox has been linked in the Kilpatrick investigation of the death of Ms Green at a party at the mayors house. Also if Mr. Cox was running for Govenor then I'm sure this asst ag would have been fired by now.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  7. Carolyn Haack

    Thank you for reporting on this story. With the bright light of day shining on this, Mike Cox won't be able to pretend he doesn't have a big problem on his hands that he needs to take care of. Geez, what an embarrassment to live in the state of Michigan right now.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  8. E. D. Broker

    Watching Andrew Shrivell tonight on Anderson knocked my gaydar into the red zone! This man needs to be tested for repressed homosexual tendencies. If you Google "Bigots are Buggers" you can read about the study done by The Journal of Abnormal Psychology —backed by The American Psychological Association—about why homophobic men act the way they do.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  9. Kevin E

    There will be more about Mr. Shirvell and Mr. Armstrong is doing the right thing by staying out of the fray.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  10. gerard from bakersfield

    With the sudden rash of suicides by individuals who were "bullied" to death, I don't see how either the governor or the AG of the state of Michigan can avoid firing this assistant AG. If he does not get fired, it would be viewed as a condonation of his behavior.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Donney Williams

    We love you Anderson! As an equal people, we love you and what you stand for.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Annie Kate

    I hope that with the order of protection Shrivell gets fired from his job; he is not mature enough or responsible enough to be working in the district attorney's office. A citizen should be able to look to the DA's office for justice and help, not cyberbullying or other biased treatment.

    Looking forward to seeing the change in Sally. Glad she is having a positive ending to her problem.

    September 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  13. Scott West

    Mr. Cooper, I appreciate your program and your points of view as expressed on AC360, BUT your network is a shameful agency. CNN has hired a Second-Rate, failed state governor and First-Rate Whore-Monger, Elliot Spitzer. CNN is now on par with "The Jerry Springer Show". It is increasingly harder to take CNN seriously. Who's "keeping Them Honest" at CNN?
    Scott West

    September 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
  14. judy Best

    There is no excuse for AG Mike Cox not taking action against Andrew Shirvell in this matter....he admitted on AC360 that the guy was guilty of bullying, but the man is also a bigot!!!!!....Shirvell should be relieved of his duties at once, and i'm willing to guess that there is no shortage of good, qualified people in Michigan to take his place...i wonder if Cox would be fence-sitting if Shirvell had targeted a person of colour!!!!

    regards
    judy best

    September 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm |