Jury awards $4.5 million in gay student defamation case

Chris Armstrong

Former Michigan student body president Chris Armstrong


A former assistant attorney general who was fired for his hate campaign against a gay Michigan university student has been ordered by a jury to pay $4.5 million to the victim in a decision handed down Thursday.

Reports the Detroit Free Press:

Armstrong, who graduated in 2011, won on all counts and was awarded $4.5 million, Armstrong’s attorney, Deborah Gordon, told the Free Press. Shirvell, who is unemployed and acted as his own attorney, said he’ll appeal the case all the way to the Supreme Court if he has to, claiming it will be a “landmark” First Amendment case.

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