Andrew L. Shirvell
Andrew L. Shirvell

An anti-gay disbarred lawyer and former assistant attorney general of Michigan is appealing his disbarment. Apparently Trump’s presidency will restore his law license. He was, according to him, persecuted by a gay-friendly grievance board that was predisposed to discriminate against a Christian.

Do you all remember Andrew Shirvell? Shirvell is the schmuck  who, in 2010, was obsessed with the gay student body president, Chris Armstrong at University of Michigan. Shirvell was driven to incendiary distraction by the election of a gay man to head student government. Indeed, Shirvell dedicated a vile blog to the character assassination of Armstrong.

I think that the final straw for the Michigan AG was when Shirvell followed Armstrong around the campus and would linger outside of his housing. Clearly Shirvell had, um, problems with gay men. Shirvell became so unstable in his pursuit of Armstrong that he eventually got fired from his state job.

In 2012 Armstrong successfully sued Armstrong for stalking, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, and abuse of process. A jury awarded Armstrong $4.5 million. I do not know if Shirvell has paid any of what is due.

Earlier this year Shirvell, now living in Florida (far away from me; I checked), was disbarred. The findings, in part:

…The panel found that respondent failed to treat all persons
involved in the legal process with courtesy and respect and did so because of a protected personal
characteristic, … brought a claim in the United States District Court for
alleged tortious interference with a business relationship and thereafter continued to assert the
issue without a basis for doing that was not frivolous, … filed an appeal of
the United States District Court’s imposition of Rule 11 Sanctions and thereafter continued to assert
the issue without a basis for doing so that was not frivolous,… engaged in
conduct that involved dishonesty, fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or violation of the criminal law,
… engaged in conduct that exposed the legal profession or the
courts to obloquy, contempt, censure, or reproach, … and engaged in
conduct that was contrary to justice, ethics, honesty, or good morals …

Shirvell is appealing the disbarment. According to him:

Given that my case is one of the most politically-charged to have ever come before a hearing panel and largely driven by the vindictiveness of controversial Metro Detroit attorney Deborah Gordon, I cannot imagine a more biased panel of attorneys who sat in judgment of me. With Donald Trump now in the White House, conservative Christians like me will no longer tolerate being railroaded by the liberal elite.

The allegations? Behold:

  • Panel member Margaret Costello failed to disclose when she ran for judge in Wayne County in August 2000, she had been endorsed by Pride PAC, a gay rights political action committee in Michigan.
  • Panel member Anthea Papista was a financial supporter of gay rights and Democratic candidates.
  • Panel member Lamont Buffington was a past member of student government at the UM Law School.

Do you get the feeling that this guy never should have been admitted to the bar in the first place.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.