Jury Will Hear Trial Involving Gay Student, Lawyer

Associated Press
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August 7, 2012

Jury selection is starting in a civil lawsuit against a former state of Michigan lawyer who is accused of stalking and defaming a gay student government president at the University of Michigan.

An attorney for Chris Armstrong says she would drop the case if ex-Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell apologized. Instead, the case is going to trial Tuesday in Detroit federal court.

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. He says he has a right to express his belief that Armstrong is a radical activist.