Michigan Assistant AG Fired

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A lawyer for an assistant state attorney general accused of harassing the gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan has been fired.
Philip Thomas says Andrew Shirvell was fired Monday.
Shirvell was at a disciplinary hearing Monday at the Michigan attorney general's office related to the issue.
The attorney general's office is declining immediate comment.
Shirvell went on a leave about a month ago after national criticism erupted over a blog he wrote characterizing student leader Chris Armstrong as a "racist" and "liar" who promoted a "radical homosexual agenda."
Thomas has said Shirvell's actions were constitutionally protected as free speech.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2010 at 10:35 AM
    Jen just nailed it so there is nothing left to say but Go Girl!!!
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Nov 9, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    Oh, Gwendolyn, aren't you so cute with your whole "God didn't make blah blah blah blah blah." So adorable when ignorance is masked in religious prejudice and spouted about as if it should be the law of the land. Not only was he openly negatively speaking ill of a gay man, free speech covered, yes, and he was doing a lot of his nutty activities on State time, but the worst part no one has bothered to mention is that this psychotic, homophobic idiot was actually found outside his target's house, in the middle of the night (1:30 am, to be exact), which is considered stalking by law. In other words, oh people whose heads are stuck way down in the sand, HE WAS NOT FIRED FOR EXERCISING HIS RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH. As for you, Mcdaniel, Paul Reubens was busted on a half-BS charge while in an ADULT movie theater, and he has never, ever been known as a pedophile, so your reference to Shirvell's potential job at any new "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" makes you just plain look like a foolish moron.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    Gwen, you are entitled to your personal opinion, but the idiot broke the law, and he worked for the state in the attorney generals office. He is supose to be neutral. Not go about bad mouthing anyone. You my dear need to learn tolerance or to at least know the facts before you open your mouth.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Nov 9, 2010 at 03:04 AM
    It's about time this discusting situation was resolved! What took so long? Oh wait, typical government red tape in action maybe? Now I suppose the legal eagles will have their field day and drag this mess on and on for months if not years at taxpayers expense. Thank you. Ricardo
  • by Mcdaniel Location: Lansing on Nov 8, 2010 at 07:02 PM
    Gwendolyn: While there is an inherent freedom of 'speech' that we are allowed by the constitution; there are limits for decency. This vile-bigot held a position of power where he was a servant of the judicial system. Usually our officials keep their prejudices under wraps and do not actively advertise their hatreds. You have every right to be as deluded as you want to be; however, a person who very well might have contact and prosecution of people of different persuasions is obviously a conflict of interest. I just want to know... when they remake Peewee's Playhouse, does Shirvell have a job?
  • by J Location: Lansing on Nov 8, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    Given WILX always prints the cliff notes version of the news, I will expand. The assistant AG was fired for using state time and state resources to conduct his activitives. Futher, he lied in the investigation related to his activities on State time. Any State employee who uses State time and resources to condunt non-work activities can be fired and should be fired. He will have no case if he decides to appeal his dismissal.
  • by Lynne Location: Grand Ledge on Nov 8, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    Wow, so much for free speech. Maybe I am missing something but how is posting a blog harrassment? While I disagree with his attitude and beliefs, I certainly believe he has the right to say whatever he wants without putting his career in jeopardy. You may agree with the firing, but once this type of thing is accepted, you could be next. Depends upon who is dictating thought.
  • by Arch Location: Lansing on Nov 8, 2010 at 04:20 PM
    Gwendolyn, even though I disagree with your belief that homosexuality is a choice, I would like to thank you for not being so closed minded as to say that they have no rights as human beings. Honestly, thank you.
  • by m on Nov 8, 2010 at 03:12 PM
    excellent news
  • by gwendolyn Location: Grand Rapids on Nov 8, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    So, Why was he fired if it was covered under free speach? Since he was fired can he know sue the state for wrongful firing, or will he be reinstated? This is all stupid, this is no different than the White (KKK) against Blacks and Blacks against Whites Gays are people to, I feel it is wrong to be Gay, (God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve or Amanda and Eve) But what ever floats their boat they are still human and deserve to be treated as everyone else. Who are we to judge anyone, sweep areound your own front door before you try to sweep around anyone elses.
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