Stalking trial likely for anti-gay, ex-Michigan attorney

Judge issues dual rulings against blogger Andrew Shirvell

Published On: Apr 17 2012 08:30:34 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2012 08:40:54 PM EDT
Andrew Shirvell
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -

A Detroit federal judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses a then-Michigan assistant attorney general of stalking a gay student government president at the University of Michigan.

Attorney Deborah Gordon says Judge Arthur Tarnow's decision means the case against Andrew Shirvell goes to a jury trial. The judge also has dismissed Shirvell's countersuit against Christopher Armstrong.

Shirvell was fired in 2010 after criticizing Armstrong on an anti-gay blog, in Facebook posts and during visits to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The suit says Shirvell caused Armstrong emotional distress. Gordon says the judge ruled Monday after hearing arguments.