Glorious news for Andrew Shirvell

Timothy Kincaid

February 2nd, 2015

Andrew Shirvell, the former Michigan Assistant Attorney General who lost his job after cyber-bullying Chris Armstrong, the Student Body President of the University of Michigan, has finally had some good news.

Well, it’s a mixed bag, really. He also got some news he wasn’t wanting to hear.

Shirvell had been hoping to get another trial on the defamation case he lost to Armstrong. The first one didn’t go so well, you see. Shirvell’s attorney on the case (himself) was extremely incompetent and the result was a jury award far far greater than Armstrong had requested.

But the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals did not grant Shirvell a do-over. I guess they had reached their public circus budget for the year. Too bad.

But now to the good news. The court cut the amount that Shirvell owes Armstrong. By a million dollars. A million freaking dollars. Who wouldn’t want their debt cut by a million bucks?

Now Shirvell only owes $3.5 million. And what a relief that must be.

Sharon B

February 2nd, 2015

Paging Dr. Freude; Dr. Shaden Freude. Please report to a white paging telephone!


February 2nd, 2015

His best prospects are to get a job as a stunt double for Tony Hale.

Well, actually, all he really needs to do is form a PAC to run for President and he can just rake in the dough with all of the other useless grifters like Palin, Huckaby, et al.

eddie moris

February 3rd, 2015

What a funny write up. Poor guy – I’ll pray his bills away.

Eric Payne

February 3rd, 2015

@eddie moris:

“Poor guy”???

Shirvill obsessed over some college student he didn’t even know; he harassed the guy using his government position as a strengthening tool of the harassment, and attempted to use the force of law against that student.

Why? Because the student existed.

His actions were so destructive, the jury in the student’s lawsuit against Shirvell didn’t think the student was asking for enough money, and gave him more.

But Shirvell is a “poor guy.”??

Your sensibilities and prioritites are, seriously, out-of-whack.


February 3rd, 2015

Eric, Mr Payne is being sarcastic.

Eric Payne

February 3rd, 2015


You mean “Mr. Morris”? Gawd knows, I wasn’t being sarcastic.

Richard Rush

February 3rd, 2015

“Shirvell’s attorney on the case (himself) was extremely incompetent and the result was a jury award far far greater than Armstrong had requested.”

Let’s at least give him credit for consistency . . . One of the early signs of incompetence was his choice of law school. With about 200 accredited law schools in the US to choose from, Shirvell managed to choose the uber super Catholic Ave Maria School of Law founded by Domino’s Pizza founder, Thomas Monaghan.

Timothy Kincaid

February 3rd, 2015

What? You don’t respect Tommy’s School of Law and Pizza Preparation?


February 3rd, 2015

Eric, so I do.


February 3rd, 2015

Say what you will about Andrew Shirvell, but when we refer to those harmed by homophobia and anti-gay teachings, Andrew Shirvell should be a part of that list.

Yes, he is part of the problem. Yes, he is disturbed. But he had it all: a degree, a great job, and (I assume) the ability to find someone who truly loved and understood him. And then: homophobia ruined him. Now, his career is ruined, he is in millions of dollars of debt, and he’s alienated the only group of people who would ever welcome him as one of their own. At least he (presumably) still has his church…

eddie moris

February 5th, 2015

Eric and Stephen -yes I was being sarcastic. Poor man as in ‘what a looser’ and 3.5 million in debt.


February 6th, 2015

sherville? isn’t that a plant..oops my bad chervil (same pronunciation) is a member of the parsley family. I suspect both have about the same level of intelligence.

Ben in Oakland

February 6th, 2015

My parsley knows that a man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client. But then, my parsley isn’t French.


February 7th, 2015

Personal to Ben in Oakland: (I only know this way to type something to you).

I have been following your responses to a few items of late in the SLTrib. The latest being the responses by various people and organizations in my home State of Utah to the LDS Church recent public relations stunt.

Thank you.

Of all people we have to remind, but there are certain Church members that need to be reminded of a simple dictum: Treat others as you would have them treat you.

Again, thanks for your engaging debate on the web.

Ben in oakland

February 7th, 2015

Wow, cowboy, thanks for your kind words. I’ve been enjoying posting over there. It’s like the establishment, even the liberal establishment like the SL Tribune, inhabit a totally different world. I think it has been well worthwhile to take the war home to the enemy. I’d like to think I am contributing something there.

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