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Andrew Shirvell Working Hard To Ensure He Can Keep Harassing Chris Armstrong

Andrew Shirvell has even more free time to invest in his ridiculous blog-and-TV campaign attacking Chris Armstrong, the gay University of Michigan student assembly president, now that he’s on a “voluntary” leave. Which means Armstrong’s attempt to get a restraining order against him would really dampen those efforts. So what tricks does Shirvell have to block any attempt to keep some distance between the two?

After months of harassment, Armstrong filed for a protective order in September. Shirvell wants to keep that from happening.

Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell is asking a Washtenaw County judge to withdraw from hearing a request for a personal protection order against him because of the judge’s ties to state representative and former gubernatorial candidate Alma Wheeler Smith. In an Oct. 6 court filing, Shirvell requests that Judge Nancy Francis recuse herself from hearing the request by University of Michigan student body President Chris Armstrong for a restraining order against Shirvell.

Shirvell claims Francis is unable to impartially hear the case because Wheeler Smith, Francis’ sister, has been publicly critical of him. “The actions/statements of Representative Wheeler Smith, who is the sister of Judge Francis, clearly constitutes grounds for disqualification. At the very least, the statement of Representative Wheeler Smith and the nature of her relationship to Judge Francis create an appearance of impropriety,” Shirvell said in a court filing.

Ah yes, State Rep. Wheeler Smith, the woman who Shirvell also launched a smear campaign against when she was to assume a board seat at a bank, because she’s pro-choice. Because that little spat is totally going to get in the way of evidence like Shirvell stalking Armstrong, bullying him online, and camping out at parties he attends. [AnnArbor.com]