Posted Aug 08, 2012 03:55 pm CDT
Jury selection has begun in the Detroit federal civil trial of a former assistant Michigan attorney general who lost his job because of his treatment of a gay man who was then a student government president at the University of Michigan.
The plaintiff’s lawyer, Deborah Gordon, said in the complaint against Shirvell that he stalked Armstrong on campus and near his home and demonstrated a “bizarre personal obsession” in Facebook and blog posts in which he criticized Armstrong for having a “radical homosexual agenda.”
Shirvell has said his statements were true and he had a right to express his opinion about Armstrong, who is a public figure, notes CBS Detroit.
Originally filed by Armstrong in Washtenaw Circuit Court, the suit was removed to federal court by Shirvell shortly afterward, according to a case docket published on Scribd.
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