The adventures of courageous bigot Andrew Shirvell continue. The graduate of Ave Maria Law School just can’t seem to win an actual court case. You may recall this was the guy who relentlessly harassed a Univ. of Michigan student leader because he’s gay, got fired from the office of the Attorney General in Michigan and then lost a $4.5 million lawsuit over it. Now the courts have denied him unemployment benefits too.
Andrew Shirvell was fired from his role as assistant to Michigan Attorney-General Mike Cox in 2010 after calling gay university graduate Chris Armstrong “a radical homosexual activist, racist, elitist and liar”.
He has now been barred from receiving any unemployment benefits in a 3-0 decision, handed down on January 10.
The court weighed the public interest against Shirvell’s private interests and found that his anti-gay rhetoric clashed horribly with the anti-cyber bullying campaign being pursued by the Attorney-General’s office at the time.
“It was reasonable for the department to conclude in its termination letter that Shirvell’s conduct … had the potential to damage the public’s perception [of the department].
“Shirvell’s conduct reasonably could have created the impression that neither he nor the department enforced the law in a fair, even-handed manner without bias,” the court judgment read.
Funny thing is that the guy who fired him is just as much of a bigot as he is, but he’s also a politician and knew to cut his losses — especially since it only required him to lose an untalented junior-grade attorney in the department.