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December 21st, 2010
10:20 AM ET

Best of KTH: Michigan assistant AG fired after targeting openly gay student leader

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - An assistant attorney general in Michigan is out of a job, fired after targeting an openly gay University of Michigan student leader online and in person - then lying about his actions to investigators - state Attorney General Mike Cox said Monday.

Andrew Shirvell "repeatedly violated office policies, engaged in borderline stalking behavior and inappropriately used state resources," Cox said.

The lawyer for Chris Armstrong, the university's student body president, lauded the decision by Cox to axe Shirvell.

"It's inexplicable - he knows nothing about Chris," attorney Deborah Gordon said on CNN's "AC 360" about Shirvell, who claimed that Armstrong was a "racist, elitist liar" and "privileged pervert."

"We're very gratified that justice was done ... and, for the time, Shirvell is going to be held responsible," Gordon said.

Shirvell's lawyer, Philip J. Thomas, acknowledged his client's termination to CNN but did not comment further. He told the Detroit Free Press that his client was "devastated" by Cox's announcement, claiming that Shirvell's bosses gave him positive reviews and knew of his activities outside work.

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  1. Dennis Ashworth

    Anderson: Thank you for maintaining the pressure until something happened in this case. The people of Michigan must be totally pleased that you not only exposed a position with tremendous power you also exposed the potential cover up of his actions which were jaw dropping. Nice work and congratulations to everyone supporting you.

    December 22, 2010 at 2:29 am |

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