An assistant attorney general in Michigan has been fired, weeks after he targeted the openly gay student body president at the University of Michigan.
Andrew Shirvell was "fired for conduct unbecoming a state employee, especially that of an Assistant Attorney General," Attorney General Mike Cox said in a press statement.
As you may recall, Shirvell created a blog devoted to tracking and attacking the student body president called "Chris Armstrong Watch," where he claimed Armstrong had a "radical homosexual agenda."
On AC360° weeks ago, Cox defended Shirvell's online rants saying, "Here in America we have this thing called the First Amendment, which allows people to express what they think and engage in political and social speech."
Fast-forward to today and Cox still stands behind those comments. However, Cox said Shirvell "repeatedly violated office policies, engaged in borderline stalking behavior, and inappropriately used state resources."
We also talked with Shirvell and Armstrong when this story first broke. We'll replay some of those interviews for you tonight and show you how we got to today's decision by Cox. We're keeping them honest.
Also tonight, we'll tell you what it was like at a Connecticut courtroom today when a jury recommended the death sentence for Steven Hayes.
Hayes was convicted of killing a mother and her two daughters in a brutal home invasion in 2007.
Outside court, the only survivor of the attack spoke to the media.
"I think many of you know who have ever lost a parent or a child or a friend... there's never closure. There's a hole," said William Petit. "I've imagined it as a hole with jagged edges, and over time the edges smooth out, but the hole in your heart and the hole in your soul is still there."
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