Former Michigan assistant attorney general suing for wrongful termination

Andrew Shirvell fired in 2010 on accusations he harassed University of Michigan student president

By Halston Herrera - Digital news editor

DETROIT - A former Michigan assistant attorney general fired for misconduct is now suing.

Andrew Shirvell was accused of stalking and harassing former University of Michigan student body president Chris Armstrong. A federal court jury awarded Armstrong $4.5 million in his lawsuit against Shirvell.

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

Now, Shirvell has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Cox and others in the office -- including current Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Read: Andrew Shirvell's lawsuit

According to the filing, "As a direct and proximate result of Defendants' wrongdoing, Plaintiff Shirvell has suffered significant loss of his constitutional rights, income, future earnings, and the right to enjoyment of his livelihood as well as emotional distress, humiliation, mortification, embarrassment, sleeplessness, anxiety, and depression."

Shirvell is asking for a monetary judgment of "whatever amount he is found to be entitled plus interest, costs, reasonable attorney fees and such other relief as the court finds just and equitable."

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