Ousted state government lawyer files lawsuit

DETROIT (AP) -- A former Michigan assistant attorney general is blaming a Detroit-area lawyer for influencing an investigation that led to his ouster.

Andrew Shirvell had a blog that criticized a gay student government president at the University of Michigan. He was fired last year and is being sued in federal court in Detroit for his actions.

Now, Shirvell is suing attorney Deborah Gordon, who is representing U-M student Chris Armstrong. Shirvell claims Gordon fed information to investigators at the attorney general's office. He also has accused her of defamation.

Gordon says the lawsuit is "crazy." Shirvell expects the case will be combined with the pending lawsuit filed against him by Armstrong. Shirvell moved to North Babylon, N.Y., after leaving Michigan state government.

Published: Tue, Nov 1, 2011