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U of Michigan Student Sues Stalking AG

U of Michigan Student Sues Stalking AG


University of Michigan student government president Chris Armstrong has filed a lawsuit against the former assistant state attorney general who allegedly stalked him and made threats about the student on his blog.

The first openly gay president of the student assembly, Armstrong became a target for Andrew Shirvell, who wrote about the student in a blog that has since been made private. Shirvell wrote several inflammatory posts about Armstrong, calling him a Nazi and accusing him of promoting a "satanic" lifestyle and a "radical homosexual agenda." Armstrong initially brushed off the taunts but eventually filed for a restraining order in September after Shirvell reportedly started to stalk him.

Armstrong is claiming that Shirvell, who was fired from his post in December over the allegations, has caused Armstrong emotional distress, according to the lawsuit. The Detroit Free Press reports that Armstrong is seeking more than $25,000 in damages. He and his attorney have also called for Shirvell to be disbarred.

"At this point, it's not about the money," Armstrong's attorney, Deborah Gordon, told the Free Press. "Mr. Shirvell has refused to retract any of his bizarre and untruthful points. We want to set the record straight."

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