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Michigan / Gay College Student / Shirvell Firing / A Discussion #978983

CNN Evening News for Monday, Nov 08, 2010
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The firing of Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell for leading a one-man crusade against a gay college student, Chris Armstrong, featured; a statement from Shirvell attorney Philip Thomas against the liberal media quoted; details given about Shirvell's blog against Armstrong with examples quoted. [On CNN on September 28, SHIRVELL - explains his tactics as a private citizen about what Chris stands for.] [On CNN on September 29, 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.] The earlier legal actions against Shirvell by Armstrong and his university and Shirvell's ties with Cox reviewed; a statement today from Cox quoted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Armstrong attorney Deborah Gordon† and CNN's Jeffrey Toobin. [GORDON - says it is time for Shirvell to take responsibility; notes there is zero politics here; calls Shirvell a loose cannon; comments on the investigation of Shirvell by the attorney general's office; states Shirvell's behavior against Armstrong is inexplicable.] [TOOBIN - comments on the Shirvell firing and First Amendment rights.]

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