Friday, August 17, 2012

First Amendment Appeal?: Shirvell's 4.5 million dollar verdict

A little less than two years ago, then-assistant state attorney Andrew Shirvell made news for his blog "Chris Armstrong Watch," entirely devoted to Chris Armstrong, the student body president of University of Michigan.  There was also some reportedly obsessive behavoir, such as showing up "at Armstrong's home three separate times, including once at 1:30 a.m," according to the state attorney general's investigation, which led to the termination of Shirvell.

Chris Armstrong sued Shirvell, as the video below discusses:



As the Detroit Free Press reports, a jury has awarded Armstrong 4.5 million dollars in damages.

While we previously suggested to ConLawProfs that Shirvell's termination from his assistant attorney general position would make a great class problem on the limits of  Garcetti v. Ceballos , the jury verdict presents opportunities to explore First Amendment defenses to tortious behavior, including defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and stalking.

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[h/t Art Leonard]

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