MICHIGAN: Former Assistant Attorney General Finally Disbarred Over 2010 Harassment Of Gay Student

Remember this tool? The Associated Press reports:

A former lawyer with the state of Michigan has lost his law license in a misconduct case related to his public hostility for a gay student leader at the University of Michigan. Andrew Shirvell’s disbarment was ordered Thursday by a panel at the Attorney Discipline Board. He can appeal to the full board.

Shirvell was an assistant attorney general. He was fired in 2010 after criticizing Christopher Armstrong on an anti-gay blog, on Facebook and during visits to the Ann Arbor campus. Shirvell said he was exercising free-speech rights. But the panel at the discipline board says his motive was “dishonest or selfish,” not simply careless.

In 2015 the US Supreme Court rejected Shirvell’s appeal of a $3.5 million judgement won by Armstrong. The 2010 CNN clip below will refresh you on the details of Shirvell’s assholery.

(Tipped by JMG reader John)

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Right wing victim circuit activate: form of a closet case who was just kidding around….

  • crewman

    That took a long time, but most deserved!

  • Ron Robertson

    That’s one messed up guy. There was something especially creepy about his obsession.

    • WitlessProtection

      I remember thinking at the time, that this guy was behaving like an obsessed stalker, in that maybe he asked the other guy out and was turned down, in maybe a not so nice way. The student probably didn’t give it a second thought, and wouldn’t remember this tool in any event. So the tool proceeds to try and destroy the kid, and it backfired, oh so spectacularly.

      • zhera

        I doubt he ever had the guts to ask the student out. Shirvell is up to his ears in the christer hate speaking points.

        His self-hate turned him into an obsessed stalker. I feared for the student safety, and still do. This Shirvell fella isn’t right in the head.

        • Exactly. He hates himself for gay feelings. He’s attracted to this guy and has projected his self-loathing onto this person he’s never even met. This is a mental illness and he needs medical attention before he physically harms someone.

        • William

          I’m surprised that Shirvell didn’t send one of his ears to the student.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I forgot about that creepy dude. Good, he has no business in a court room except that of a defendant.

  • WNY
  • The Sentinel

    Shirvell & Shkreli, LLC

    • Clive Johnson

      Shirvell, Shkreli & Cruz, LLC?

      A more odious pack would be hard to imagine.

  • Jeffrey

    The closet is a miserable place.

    • Dave F.

      In his case I’d like to have the walls and closet door covered in half inch thick steel plate and welded shut.

    • Todd20036

      Especially if your clothes are out of date.

  • jayjonson

    Always good to get some good news.

    • Robincho

      Mike Cox — almost as much fun to page at airports as Mike Hunt…

      • Acronym Jim

        I’m sure Anderson Cooper had to fight the urge to giggle when reporting on that.

        And on that note, I’m going to start referring to Ann Coulter as Yurick Hunt.

    • Even if Armstrong was a total asshole he wouldn’t have deserved this, but I do get your point. Stalking is scary.

    • Hank

      Thanks for posting the video. He is a phenomenal MAN!!! He speaks well and to the point.
      I knew the story, from JMG and the news. I never knew how articulate Mr. Armstrong IS!!!

  • rusty57

    You might think that an attorney would know that exercising your first amendment rights doesn’t mean you are immune to the consequences of your words.
    I guess it’s true, stupid is as stupid does.

    • another_steve

      Makes me wonder…

      Why aren’t the New York Times and the Washington Post suing Donald Trump for libel?

      • Gustav2

        Because Trump is good for business?

        Subscriptions are way up for both.

        • B Snow

          Also, any libel case won’t get further than Trump saying “It was a joke / I was being sarcastic”.

      • Todd20036

        They will, once he is impeached.

    • lattebud

      Lust and obsession make men do stupid things.

  • Shirvell opens his mouth and instantly looks and sounds guilty.

    • Todd20036

      He is. But not just of the crime. He feels guilty for being gay, for having an attraction to this young man, for spewing his obsession for all the public to see.

      I’d almost feel sorry for him, if he didn’t hurt an innocent man. Instead, I’m glad he pretty much lost everything. If he killed himself, I would not pity him.

  • i remember this case. there’s probably so much more to this story than some of us will ever know. this seems like the good outcome. justice for the little people moves slowly.

  • skyweaver

    Wow, I’d blocked this guy from my memory. Just hearing his voice creeps me out.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • MB

      Our JMG’er – Little Kiwi – is adorbsable.

      • William

        If he followed me home, would my partner let me keep him?

      • Todd20036

        That’s Little Kiwi? So adorkable!

  • another_steve

    Wow, no offense to any lawyers reading here, but I assume one has to be really really REALLY scummy and evil to lose one’s license to practice law.

    • Bad Tom

      You are right.
      Other famous people who’ve been disbarred: Roy Cohn.

      • another_steve

        Somewhat O/T (but I’m feelin’ naughty today)…

        I once quipped here on JMG that in order to be banned from commenting on this blog one has to have been convicted of mass-murdering elderly disabled nuns who were in the process of hand-feeding leprosy victims in a war-torn area of a bombed-out city.

        Anything short of that and you’re good to go.

        • Adam King

          In my defense, those nuns were really grouchy and badly groomed.

          • another_steve

            Okay then.

            Joe won’t ban you.

          • Adam King

            Well that’s a relief.

        • Todd20036

          One person who was banned basically harassed me online about my HIV status, and started threatening me.

          Another was someone who posted a patient (non redacted photo) with terminal AIDS.

          A third person who was banned was someone who kept spamming lies about Truvada used to prevent HIV infection.

          It is possible, but you really have to be a jerk to get kicked.

          • another_steve

            I’ve said this before… but I think it’s really really incredible that there’s so little of that trolling shit apparent on this blog. I mean, I can’t and don’t read every single comment thread in its entirety, but I just don’t see that many comments of the nature you describe there.

            I don’t know how Joe does it. Truly I don’t. Does he have staff who review all the threads and immediately delete the garbage?

            Truly truly incredible imo.

          • ChrisMorley

            Joe’s created a self-policing culture here. He has no staff apart from his cat.
            Todd has allies here who don’t tolerate HIV hating – there was another example here a few days ago.

            We flag posts for Joe to review which do go over the line.
            Trolls are seen off with viscious tongue lashings.
            With humour and snark we set a communal tone.

          • another_steve

            Kudos to those who are vigilant in this regard, Chris.

            If I see ad hominem shit in these threads, I usually just block the commenter. Now I’ll start flagging them too.

    • or have mile wide behavioral problems, and clipping through many trip wires before falling off the cliff.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Didn’t Bill Clinton lose his license?

      • B8sMotel

        Actually it was just suspended for 5 years.
        He went on to resign from practicing law or “voluntarily surrender” his license rather than face disciplinary actions for lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
        So no, Bill Clinton did not “lose his license” nor was he disbarred, unlike Mr. Shirvell.

        It’s interesting to note that this line about losing their license is also floated about the Obamas. However, they both made their license “voluntarily inactive”, which means they are readily retrievable should they decide to return to practice. Not true for Mr. Shirvell.

  • Boreal

    Now he can go on the victim tour speaking circuit with Cottonelle.

    • Todd20036

      Doubtful. The victim tour doesn’t work too well for closeted gays. Just ask Milo.

      • Boreal

        But, but Milo
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        ̶H̶a̶s̶ ̶a̶ ̶b̶o̶o̶k̶ ̶d̶e̶a̶l̶
        ̶I̶s̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶a̶ ̶s̶p̶e̶a̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶o̶u̶r̶

  • Tawreos

    This guy got fired, lost in the Supreme Court, and lost his license to practice law all because he couldn’t suck it up and ask a guy out. I’m shy, but this is ridiculous.

    • kcken

      Right, as soon as I heard him speak, I figured he had a massive crush on the kid.

      • There’s no other reason for that level of obsession. I don’t even understand the people who follow others on twitter just to hate on them. But this was long-term and personal. No mentally healthy person would do this.

      • > ……………………. https://qurl.pw/HtER

    • Todd20036

      I was a shy nerd. I’m still a nerd. I don’t have to harass anyone as a result.

      • Acronym Jim

        When it comes to sexy, nerds are the new jocks.

      • gothambear

        The elusive Hot Gay Nerd! Finally uncovered… 😉

  • Ernest Endevor

    Obsession: It’s not just by Calvin Klein.

  • Bj Lincoln

    About time. Cox is an idiot for allowing this to go on for so long. I feel like my eyes need a good scrubbing after watching Shrivel try to explain his closet case frustration with a nice guy like Chris.

  • blackstar

    Happy Dance.

  • Boy Elvis
    • blackstar

      ummm that took control of my mind for 4:01 seconds 🙂

      • Boy Elvis

        Then my job here is done.

    • Adam King

      That’s the ugliest, least fun version of that song I’ve ever heard. Quite remarkable!

    • greenmanTN


      I wish I was something, I wish I was good, I wish I was made of mahogany wood…

  • ETownCanuck

    I’m certain there was a lot more to it than just being a closeted asshole. When assholes are punished they usually stop being assholes, at least to that particular victim. This poor bastard really needs treatment for his mental illness.

  • Jay Silversmith

    I’ve never heard two people interviewed that stuttered and used the word “uh” so incessantly.

  • Bad Tom

    Lots of people have been fired for bringing disrepute to a corporate image for pretty ordinary social media posts. Setting up a harassment blog should be RIGHT OUT.
    Good for you, Chris Armstrong, and good for you Anderson Cooper! Thank you for staying strong.

  • Pat

    Talk about painful memories from the past. A little good news is always welcome. Hearing this obsessive creep has been disbarred started the day off on a good note.

  • Gustav2

    The ironic part of this whole mess is how conservative the U of M faculty and students are. The really needed Shirvell’s protection! /s

  • SDG

    Wow, it took SEVEN years for this to happen!

    • Todd20036

      Sadly, yeah, it takes that long

    • NedFlaherty

      It took 7 years because Shirvell filed so many lawsuits and so many appeals about the matter.

  • This guy needs serious medical attention. It’s one thing to have a crush but this level of stalking is because of a mental illness. If he has anyone in his life who gives a crap about him they need to intervene. Why he didn’t get committed somewhere in the legal process I do not know.

  • Macbill

    That’s why professional groups should not govern themselves: this should not have taken 7 years to adjudicate.

    • NedFlaherty

      It took 7 years because the MI Attorney Discipline Board wanted to wait for the conclusion of the multiple lawsuits and multiple appeals, all of which were Shirvell’s fault.

  • TJay229

    All that tuition money, wasted… To wind up a paralegal. 😂 😂 😂 😂

  • greenmanTN

    This is so odd because within the last week I wondered “Whatever happened to that Shirvell guy?” and looked up some old videos about this story. “Well, Anderson…”

    It’s tempting to feel sorry for him, but he was literally stalking this college age guy for committing the unforgivable sin of thriving while gay, which was opposed to every message Shirvell got over his whole life.

    He deserves what he got, but I still feel a bit sorry for him because his internalized homophophobia is, I suspect, the real issue here. Watch any interview with him and he’s literally nuts. There is a huge disconnect from reality.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Also, remember Matthew McLaughlin, the CA attorney and his Sodomite Suppression Mandate to kill gays? He’s been back in court, and refers to the judge in the matter as “the Filipino”. I’m not tempted to feel sorry for either of these men. They do need treatment though.

      • kareemachan

        OMG, a “christian lawyer”. And a ranting asshat at that.

  • andrew

    It’s great to hear that bad things occasionally happen to bad people.

    • djcoastermark

      Or, was it a good thing that happened to a bad person ?

  • Talisman

    Maybe he finally found a man…

  • Matt

    Good. Much deserved.

  • The Milkman

    There’s something about Shirvell that makes me want to flee. It has nothing to do with his voice, or his behavior toward Armstrong. Just sitting there staring into the camera, he is activating my fight or flight response. I need a safe space now.

  • edrex

    as my mother used to say: “you always harass the one’s you love.”

  • xzargo

    C-L-O-S-E-T C-A-S-E

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Besides being a big ol’ closetcase, Shirvell really wants in Armstrong’s pants.

  • Secure

    Maybe Shirvell will start selling used cars like Josh Duggar.

  • Lakeview Bob

    I had a dental bone graft and sinus lift yesterday. My mouth is tender. This made me smile for the first time since yesterday.

    • bobbyjoe

      My husband had a similar procedure a couple of years ago, so I know how painful that can be. Hope you feel better soon.

    • kareemachan

      Oh gawd, I have a dental appt. on Monday and I have the anxieties! This didn’t help.

      I do hope you feel better soonest.

    • B Snow

      Wishing you a speedy recovery. That sounds like a bundle of un-fun.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Yes, I remember that tool. It’s remarkable how much he resembles a ball peen hammer.

  • Jim Gallagher-Barker
  • John Ruff

    Well, that made my day.

  • Ninja0980

    Glad to see he’s finally been disbarred but I continue to fear for the safety of Chris Armstrong.
    An obsession like that never goes away.
    I hope he’s gotten the help he needs to deal with his issues, for everyone’s sake.

    • greenmanTN

      Seriously. This idiot (Shirvell) invested thousands of hours stalking, harassing, and even following a college student. That kind of obsession doesn’t just end. Shirvell is a bunny-boiler and I hope Chris Armstrong stays safe because this guy is totally off the charts.

  • david fairfield

    The manatee and now this. Helps the gloom.

  • M Jackson

    About a minute of wondering how a reptile could whine and stammer was enough for me.
    3.5 million means wiping down a lot of trays at Micky D’s.

  • This is how far we have come in just 7 years. The University of Michigan (one of my two alma maters) is arguably one of the most left-wing and progressive universities in the USA, it is the founding place of the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), which in the 1960’s produced the late Tom Hayden and what was called the New Left. Madonna attended UM — and just this year, the President of the New York Philharmonic resigned to head up the Universities Music Society in cultural Ann Arbor, which has a great LGBT scene. And a big deal was made in 2010 about the Universities first LGBT student body president. Now, go to 2017. And, as was recently reported here — Texas A & M University, The Aggies, one of the most traditional military-themed and conservative universities anywhere elects an LGBT student body president and no one blinks an eye — except perhaps for twinkle-toes moron Rick Perry? Not only that the Texas A & M student body is backing Bobby Brooks, their new President? We have come a long way! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/21fac7e81915500e85ce1c2e42909d572e7bae235c8b65c87144a34111249702.jpg

  • Hue-Man

    Christopher Armstrong

    In almost all these cases, I try to remember the victim(s) and forget the perpetrators. From everything I remember, he was a student doing what students do at college – studying to graduate – who was terrorized by a crazed government official.

    I hope in the intervening years that he’s prospered – that’s the best revenge!

  • JoyZeeBoy
  • juanjo54

    Lawyers are subject to a code of ethics which while there is some variation depending on the state where they practice, tend to be uniform. Of course how a state handles discipline is another matter. Texas is notorious for allowing a lot more bs than some other states. That said this man’s behavior was outrageous and violated the code of ethics. A private citizen might have a right to speak freely and say whatever he wishes and the worse that happen is he is sued for defamation. But an attorney doing what this man does is subject to a higher standard.

    In all of his public activities, an attorney is expected to act in a manner which will not bring the profession into disrepute, engage in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is
    harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion,
    national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender
    identity, marital status or socioeconomic status in conduct related to
    the practice of law. I know Michigan requires all attorneys to behave at all times with civility toward members of the public by making disparaging comments or untrue statements about a person.

    These are not easy cases to win because there are free speech rights involved. This is probably why the AG office fired him for dishonesty because he lied about his activities on line. So the fact is that once all this became public, the AG fired him. I doubt he has found employment with a law firm since then, serious law firms do not employ people like this because their clients do not want to be tied to people who do things like this.

    He has fought the disbarment all through the courts and lost. Too bad. I hope he enjoys his job stocking shelves at Walmart

  • baruchzed

    Wow..seriously a closet case with a psychological problem.

  • Orly

    I wonder if he’s come out of the closet yet.

    • greenmanTN

      I seriously doubt it. It would require a hydrologic “jaws of life” to pry that closet door open.

  • JCF
  • argeejay

    Hey Rickypoo Perry………leave the Texas A&M Student Body President alone…or YOU, TOO, COULD BE FIRED.

  • greenmanTN

    Truman Capote called and he wants his voice back.

  • Chayste in LA


  • NedFlaherty

    Andrew Shirvell got his dubious law degree from Ave Maria University, a hotbed of arch-conservative, authoritarian Roman Catholic religious extremists (e.g., NOM, etc.). Shirvell is a theocrat who wants his religious superstitions written into the civil laws that govern everyone else.