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U-Mich’s Chris Armstrong Withdraws Protection Order Request Against Crazed Blogger Andrew Shirvell

Chris Armstrong, the gay University of Michigan Student Assembly president, withdrew his request for an order of protection against suspended state assistant attorney general and crazy person Andrew Shirvell. Judge Nancy Francis, who Shirvell’s attorneys demanded recuse herself from the matter because her sister (State Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith) has publicly attacked Shirvell, thus dropped the matter “without prejudice,” meaning Armstrong can refile. But it appears he’s not going to?

In filing for restraining order against Shirvell, Armstrong said the man on a one-man Internet campaign against him posed “a threat to my own personal safety.” Francis evidently didn’t think so, because Shirvell had not attempted to contact Armstrong since the original filing. All those instances of blog attacks, protesting outside his home, and following friends and associates around campus is water under the bridge?

Meanwhile, it’s left Shirvell’s attorney threatening to sue U-Mich is the school doesn’t rescind its own banishment of Shirvell from campus. On Sept. 14, the day after Armstrong filed for an order or protection, campus police warned Shirvell against stepping foot on campus. With Armstrong being denied the order, and formally withdrawing it, Shirvell wants back on the Ann Arbor campus — but that decision, says the university, can only be made upon a meeting between Department of Public Safety chief Ken Magee and Shirvell. (Shirvell has requested a meeting several times; he has yet to have one scheduled.)

Shirvell heads back to work at the state AG’s office on Nov. 5, the same day he’ll face disciplinary hearings.

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  • Michael

    My God, how low can Queerty’s professional standards go?
    It is pathetic enough that Queerty does no reporting of its own, but rather re-posts and comments on the work of others. But now, it can’t even be bothered to actually read the stories that it posts.

    As anyone who read the linked piece would know, Armstrong
    dropped his claim prior to a ruling. At that point in order to remove the withdrawn claim from the docket,the judge dismissed without prejudice, meaning that Armstrong is free to re-file if need be. At no point did the judge ever rule on the merits of the claim, let alone make a determination as to whether there is a threat to Armstrong.

    It is amazing to think that Queerty actually gets venture capital, but can’t maintain even the minimal standards that one finds in amateur blogs.

  • damon459

    This website is now at the same standard as


    This man represents the Attorney Generals office of the State of Michigan. Any somewhat sane person can view his rants and actions as that of a clearly disturbed individual. His behaviour fits the definitions of stalker, targeting and attacking a person with whom he has no personal relationship. He is a grown man attacking a fcuking college student. If his rants were directed towards any other individual who was a member of any other minority he would have been jetted months ago. The Michigan AG has for all practical purposes supported this dangerous lunatic and his actions by continuing to allow him to remain on his staff pending “disclipanary review”. What a load of absolute bullshit.

    Chris Armstrong needs to bring in the East Coast version of Gloria Allard and sue that pathetic Pee Wee Herman look-a-like for every single vile dime he possesses….


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