You all remember Andrew Shirvell, right? He was the out of control rightwing nutjob assistant Attorney General in Michigan who spent months defaming the student body President of the Universit of Michigan before being fired in disgrace. Looks like he has now had his day in court:
A federal court jury in Detroit has awarded a $4.5 million judgment to the University of Michigan’s first openly gay student body president in his suit against a former Michigan assistant attorney general who had written disparagingly about him on the Internet, the student’s lawyer said.
The jury came back with the award late Thursday against Andrew Shirvell, said Deborah Gordon, a lawyer representing the plaintiff, Chris Armstrong, 22, who graduated last year.
A U.S. District Court jury found in Armstrong’s favor on four counts — defamation, stalking, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy, Gordon told CNN in a telephone interview.
Shirvell was fired from his job in the attorney general’s office in 2010 after targeting the student leader online and in person — then lying about his actions to investigators, state Attorney General Mike Cox said at the time.
Shirvell “repeatedly violated office policies, engaged in borderline stalking behavior and inappropriately used state resources,” Cox said, referring to Shirvell’s activities during his work day.
Asked for specifics about Shirvell’s conduct, Armstrong lawyer Gordon said, “He said he (Armstrong) had an orgy in a dorm room and sex in a park and that he had liquored up underage freshmen to recruit them to the ‘homosexual lifestyle.'”
Shirvell also referred to Armstrong as “Satan’s representative” on the Michigan Student Assembly, she said.
“He’s a little out there,” Gordon continued.
Armstrong will never collect, because Shirvell is an unemployed and unemployable lunatic, but it is nice to know that if he ever earns a dollar, Armstrong might get part of it.