05 November 2010

Assistant AG Andrew Shirvell's Hearing to Continue

The Detroit Free Press

The disciplinary hearing for Andrew Shirvell, the assistant attorney general who has been under fire for his attacks on an openly gay University of Michigan student leader, will continue next week.

The hearing began at 9 a.m. today and ran until about 1 p.m., said Philip Thomas, Shirvell’s attorney. He said the hearing had to be cut short because many of the participants had other afternoon commitments. It will pick up either Tuesday or Wednesday, Thomas said.

He said he went to the hearing armed with a file of information for the four-member panel conducting the hearing.

“It doesn’t surprise or shock me that the panel needs more time,” to review the information, which includes police reports and prosecutor reports. “I’m appreciative of that.”

Thomas said the hearing is chaired by the human resources director at the attorney general’s office. Others on the panel include legal staff.

Thomas declined to comment on how the hearing is going.

Shirvell returned to the AG’s office today, after a nearly month-long voluntary leave of absence. He has been criticized for his blog in which he calls Chris Armstrong, the president of the Michigan Student Assembly, a radical homosexual, a Nazi and Satan’s representative on the assembly. Thomas has said his client is expressing his free-speech rights.

Armstrong has asked the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission to investigate Shirvell and possibly disbar him.

Shirvell will remain on his voluntary leave until the disciplinary hearing is complete, Thomas said.

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