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Michigan / Gay College Student / Interviews / A Discussion #975677

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Sep 30, 2010
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) New developments in the odd targeting of a gay college student at the University of Michigan, Chris Armstrong, by assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell reviewed; pictures shown of Shirvell's blog full of unproven allegations. [On Tuesday, SHIRVELL - defends his tactics as par for the course in a political campaign and nothing personal.] [Last night, Michigan attorney general Mike COX - explains why Shirvell is still employed: the First Amendment and Supreme Court cases protecting civil servants' free speech; admits Shirvell's actions are offensive, but "conduct unbecoming" is vague.] Armstrong's lawsuit against harassment by Shirvell, how the University of Michigan has barred Shirvell from campus for his actions and what Governor Jennifer Granholm said reviewed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Jeffrey Toobin and Columbia University law school's Jim Tierney about Shirvell, Cox and the law. [TOOBIN - says the blog is grounds for firing or suspension; comments on the definition of stalking and harassment and on the political context in Michigan.] [TIERNEY - says Shirvell should be fired because as an ADA you are a symbol of law enforcement.]

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