Assistant AG Andrew Shirvell appears before state attorney general panel, but no ruling made
Andrew Shirvell spent four hours this morning in front of the state attorney general office, but left without any decision on his future employment with the state, his attorney said.
Shirvell, a state assistant attorney general, has been at the center of an ongoing controversy about a blog he authored targeting University of Michigan student body President Chris Armstrong, claiming Armstrong has a “radical homosexual agenda.”
Shirvell has been on a personal leave of absence from his job, where he works in the appellate division of Attorney General Mike Cox’s office. He is still on that leave, attorney Philip Thomas said as he left the hearing.
“We provided a lot of information to the panel,” Thomas said. “They thought it would be best if they had a little time to digest it. We’re going back in the middle of next week.”
Shirvell has claimed his actions, which also including protesting Armstrong at public appearances, are protected free speech — a claim the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office agreed with when it declined to press stalking charges against him late last month.
But Shirvell stills faces complaints before the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. Armstrong and his attorney, Deborah Gordon, have asked the commission to disbar Shirvell.
Thomas said he couldn’t speculate on any discipline the commission might take against Shirvell, if any.
David Jesse covers higher education for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 734-623-2534.