Commentary: Shirvell now suing AG, former AG


by Gary Gosselin
Dolan Media Newswires
DETROIT, MI -- Andrew Shirvell, the former assistant Attorney General who waged a campaign of harassment against a gay University of Michigan student, has now filed a wrongful termination lawsuit after being fired.
Shirvell, you may recall, was hit with a $4.5 million federal jury verdict last August for stalking and defaming Christopher Armstrong, the U-M student government president. Then, in September, Shirvell lost a defamation lawsuit against Bloomfield Hills-based lawyer Deborah L. Gordon, who represented Armstrong.
So, rather than trying to satisfy the stalking and defaming judgment, Shirvell has done what one might expect, and sued his former employer, Mike Cox, in addition to the present Attorney General Bill Schuette. Cox fired Shirvell in 2010 as a result of his activities harassing Armstrong.
But, Shirvell did not stop with Schuette and Cox, according to Legal Newsline. Other defendants include Michael Ondejko, a non-attorney employee in the Attorney General’s Office; Chief Deputy Attorney General Carol L. Isaacs; Bureau Chief Thomas C. Cameron; and Douglas Bramble, former director of human resources for the office.
In his Nov. 7 complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Shirvell, who now resides in Florida, wants a monetary judgment from Cox, Ondejko, Isaacs, Cameron and Bramble, plus interest, costs and attorney fees, according to Legal Newsline.
From Schuette, Shirvell wants an order placing him “in the position he would have been in had there been no wrongdoing by the defendants.” He’s also seeking interest, costs and attorney fees from Schuette.
Shirvell, filing pro se, says in his 79-page complaint that “as a direct and proximate result of defendants’ wrongdoing,” he 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.”
On the other hand, maybe this is his way of getting some cash to start paying on the $4.5 million Armstrong judgment.
It could happen.


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