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September 30th, 2010
09:49 PM ET

Should the Mich. Asst. AG be fired?: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360, more on the strange case fo the Michigan Assistant Attorney General targeting a gay University of Michigan student. Also, Dr. Phil joins us to talk about cyberbullying and the Rutgers student who committed suicide this week after his roommate streamed live video online of him kissing another boy. And an update to our Dr. Detectives series. 360 MD Sanjay Gupta joins us along with patient Sally Massagee. That and more on AC360° tonight at 10pm ET.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
2) Don't write in ALL CAPS (there's no need to yell)
3) Use your real name (first name only is fine)
4) No links
5) Watch your language (keep it G-rated; PG at worst - and that includes $#&*)


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soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Libby

    Emily, I've never watched Snooki's show either (ack). I just keep hearing about her in the media..

    September 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  2. Casey

    Forgot to mention that as a Michigan citizen, I'm not happy about paying Shirvell's salary with my tax money. Afterall, isn't the job of the Attorney General's office to help people, not give them cause to live in fear.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  3. David, Indiana

    I agree with Dana Loesch Sarah Palin shld acknowledge a good fact checking report esp when such a report is presented. I didn't catch the full tweet though.

    That's a very eloquent verse–devoting yourself to your wife as Christ devoted himself to the church.

    Grayson is making hay exactly Anderson.

    Roland is right if there's a write in provision in Alaska Lisa Murkowski has every right to run. That is the very definition of taking her case to the people.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Edward Ruberto

    First Amendment doesn't allow you to be abusive and intimidating and threatening. This guy is using this like a weapon, it borders on it being a hate crime. I know this guy would not be able to get away with this kind of stuff in Canada. It is sad to see the U.S.A. made to look like a country that isn't so welcoming of all kinds of people regardless of their life style.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  5. Kevin E

    @Lindy I totally agree wiht you that our Governor should ask for immediate resignations.

    DO NOT FIRE THEM
    Make them resign
    Why still pay them?

    September 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  6. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Wow!!!! I love that planet out there as moon!!!! Awesome picture I love!!!! New planet is very interesting! 🙂

    September 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  7. Emily

    Does anyone know why there is not a law(s) against cyberbullying yet?

    September 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  8. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    So, WHO is the person who took the video and published it? Reprehensible...

    September 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  9. tiffany

    @ Kevin E.

    The hate crimes law is federal, so it applies nationally.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Kevin E

    Odd that Shirvell screams Radical homophobic ideals while he (to some) spouts radical Christian ideals

    No offense but its the flip side of the same coin.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  11. Janis Hewitt

    Bye Mr Emmanuel. Wish you well. Chicago, Chicago that toddlin town...Frank Sinatra singing behind Mr. Emmanuel's nice face would be a great political ad. No nasty stuff just good ole blue eyes and Ron.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  12. lisal -canada

    when given the choice, why do some of us inflict pain instead of extending comfort and compassion?

    i challenge everyone here on the blog tonight to engage in one random act of kindness during the next 24 hours.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Just don't write it before I get mind out!

    September 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  14. Rick

    Yes, he should be fired. Not for violating free speech, but for harassing someone. I think that
    Chris should immediately file a restraining order to start the process. This on the heels three teen suicide cases over being harassed because of sexual orientation is exactly why we can not stand for intolerance against any citizens personal choices. I am sure he would be fired if it involved race, or harassment of a woman.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Kenya

    Snooki writing a book. Get inspired everyone! lol

    September 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Heather - Spokane, WA

    That is really sad that someone like Snooki is going to 'write' a book. What is America coming to?

    September 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  17. Shannon

    I just emailed the Michigan AG.

    "Without a doubt, the choice to KEEP Mr. Shirvell on staff within your office is disgraceful to the State of Michigan and the United States of America. I am a Civil Service employee in New York State. It is employees like this, who continue to give government employees "a bad name".

    I hope that the constituents in your State take immediate action against your office, in whatever way they can. The victim, Mr. Armstrong, should file a complaint with your office, regarding your office. Even your Governor believes he should be fired.

    Thank goodness for CNN and Anderson Cooper for KEEPING YOU HONEST."

    September 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  18. Libby

    Snooky should write a guide to indoor tanning, not a novel!

    September 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  19. Cessy - Chicago

    snooki can write??? LOL!!!

    September 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  20. Emily

    Still don't have a clue who this "Snooki" is...

    September 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  21. bruno brizzi

    thanks cnn to follow this story...but the more you go on the worst it gets....the guy looks and sound a bit off to me...how did he get the job in the first place anyway? he looks dangerous!!!!

    September 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  22. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Brenda, "I am so sick and tired of Sarah Palin attacking the media. Why do people listen to this woman?"

    I don't like Palin, but both sides attack the media. It is not exclusive to Palin or the Republicans. Obama just attacked Fox in his Rolling Stone interview. No matter which side you agree with, they both have the same right to complain.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  23. Rick Reinckens

    Someone should file a state bar grievance against Shirvell.

    Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 6.5 Professional Conduct
    "Comment:
    DUTIES OF THE LAWYER
    A lawyer is an officer of the court who has sworn to uphold the federal and state constitutions, to proceed only by means that are truthful and honorable, and to avoid offensive personality. It follows that such a professional must treat clients and third persons with courtesy and respect."

    September 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  24. Lindy

    Kevin I'm with you in being thankful our governor is bothered by this situation. But it is my understanding that she does have the authority to fire the assitant AG and call for the resignation of Mike Cox.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  25. Libby

    I live in Alaska and I predict Lisa Murkowski will be the 1st write-in to win since Strom Thurmand. She's really doing well here lately!

    September 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  26. vic , nashville tn

    2010 many conservatives don’t know the meaning of Nazi, conservatism and free speech

    In the name of free speech they called every one Nazi if they don’t agree with them

    SAD

    Real conservative voice

    September 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  27. tiffany

    The worst part is Michigan wouldn't hesitate to arrest a private citizen who was stalking Mr. Shirvell.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  28. Kevin E

    I ahve been working for 7 years to get an anti-bullying bill passed but it has been blocked by some shirvell types in the legislature

    September 30, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  29. Bruce

    This person (Asst. AG) should have been fired. Also the AG should step down for not acting on this type of behavior, I think both have deep mental problems.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Thank you Michigan Gov Jennifer Grisholm have Andrew Shirvell removed quickly!

    September 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  31. Kevin E

    MI does not have a hate crimes law

    September 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  32. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Everyone makes mistakes. Hope Sarah Palin does watch your show once in a while. Maybe she can pick up some points on how to better check the facts in some of her public speeches.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  33. Sheila in Tucson

    He should be held to the "legal" standard. Hopefully, judicial precedent covers this type of behavior.
    On a side note, please understand that this man's views are NOT representative of the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is unfortunate that his hate-filled rhetoric is being linked to Christianity. I'm a Christian, and I assure that Jesus Christ emphasized a message of love; not HATE.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  34. Emily

    Unforgettably, cyberbullying is not a new phenomenon....why is there not laws on the books against it as of yet?
    I really find that mindboggling that it's taking so long for the justice system to move on this.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  35. Eric Walker, Miami FL

    Theirs a difference with Grayson, he does interviews AC. Sarah Palin fly's around making millions of $'s dividing the the Nation and answers to no-one. She give's no interviews yet is considered a leader in the Republican party! How about calling her out for the fraud that she is ?

    September 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  36. Wendy

    I am the second Canadian Anderson fan commenting tonight. I find Andrew Shrivell's behavior SHOCKING, as most reasonable free-thinking and empathetic people would. Heck, I am going to go out on a limb here and suppose that there are people who hold anti-gay sentiments who would find this to be completely out of line.

    Does Michigan have hate-crime laws? There is such a need!

    September 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  37. carla

    this is america if she wants to run so be it....don't be scared

    September 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  38. Libby

    Roland is correct. Only R's could vote and Lisa Murkowski has a ton of Independent & Democratic support here. That lady is wrong. He didn't win overwhelmingly; he won by 1% only.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  39. Kevin E

    The other problem is that cyberbullying is THE biggest concern in our schools and MI's AG basically condened it but allowing Shirvell to stay on staff.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  40. lisal -canada

    personally i think that whenever someone extracts and plays a portion of a video clip there should be a [legal] requirement to provide a link to the source of the clip.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  41. Brad from Michigan

    The Attorney General's Office used to be beyond reproach. Just the mentioning the AG's office would result in businesses resolving unfair treatment of consumers. For the last 8 years, the office has been used for political purposes. Comsumer complaints are ignored. That never happened before. His upcoming replacement is a career politician with less experience and more political bias that Mr. Cox.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  42. Brenda

    I am so sick and tired of Sarah Palin attacking the media. Why do people listen to this woman?

    September 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Casey Jones – Palm Springs, CA, "you just made me wonder how "we" can control anybody who wants to write their own blog about ANY subject, considering the lack of physical confrontation."

    This case has gone way past the talking stage if Shirvell is following Armstrong around and harassing his family, but you make a good point. The slippery slope is that if the law starts controlling speech on the Internet they would probably have to close Face Book and Twitter to begin with and we might not be writing on this blog right now.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  44. Emily

    @David, Indiana
    "Maybe suspension while the matter is under review by the attorney general or other non court duties."
    Shirvell has not denied any of the allegations that are against him...what do you think that they need to investigate?

    September 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  45. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    ...and a very fine coverage it was. Oh yes, it matters how well coverage is done on AC360!

    September 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  46. Sharon Hastings

    Tweet tweet. Such an angry woman. She will never get over her anger at the media for the critique she received when running for vice president. Her advice to these tea party candidates is to stay away from you guys.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  47. Kevin E

    I was asked a month ago about these blogs before we knew the identity and I knew then it was cyberbullying then

    September 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  48. carla

    what s. palan wrong..........again

    September 30, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  49. Janis Hewitt

    Anybody could chop anybody up (no pun intended) editing things said out of context, photographs montaged together, etc. Yikes. No integrity in political campaigns anymore. No wonder we are all disenchanted with politician right now. If they can make that kind of ad, what would they do if they got into office. Think about it.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  50. Kevin E

    David his behavior has demeaned the AG office and is in direct contrast of what teh AG website sets out as Cyberbullying for kids

    September 30, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
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