Hearing involving U-M student body president, assistant attorney general delayed 3 weeks
The hearing to decide whether to issue a personal protection order against Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell has been delayed for three weeks, a court official said today.
The hearing was originally set for 1:30 p.m. today in Washtenaw County Circuit Court.
University of Michigan student body President Chris Armstrong filed for the order last month, requesting that Shirvell be banned from having any contact with him.
The hearing is now set for Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m., a representative for Judge Nancy Francis said at 11:45 a.m. The delay is believed to involve the service of court papers.
Shrivell has been running a blog for several months attacking Armstrong for a “radical homosexual agenda.”
Armstrong filed the request for the PPO in mid-September. In his filing, he said that in addition to the blog, Shirvell has been showing up at Armstrong's Ann Arbor house and at U-M events where Armstrong was.
Armstrong is asking that Shirvell be banned from appearing within his sight, from having e-mail or Facebook contact with him and to be prohibited from approaching “current or former university students or MSA reps.”
“The actions that Mr. Shirvell has taken against me over the past four months have been incredibly distressing,” Armstrong wrote in the application for the PPO. He added he might feel slightly different if Shirvell was a student, but since he wasn’t, “his actions are concerning and make me feel unsure about my own personal safety.
“His actions have been an outright attack on my ability to live my life openly and be honest about who I am," he wrote.
Shirvell has since been banned from the U-M campus by campus police.
David Jesse covers higher education for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 734-623-2534.