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MI Assistant AG Takes Heat for Anti-Gay Blog

"This is nothing personal."

(AP) — An assistant attorney general is using his personal blog to target the openly gay leader of the University of Michigan's student assembly.

Andrew Shirvell claims he has the right to say whatever he wants outside work, including calling 21-year-old Chris Armstrong a racist with a "radical homosexual agenda."

It's raising questions about how far a civil servant can go — and if it should affect his job.

Attorney General Mike Cox said Thursday the posts are "distasteful" but Shirvell has First Amendments rights.

But Cox is troubled that the 30-year-old lawyer was outside Armstrong's off-campus house in Ann Arbor at 1:30 a.m. last month, and videotaped police breaking up a party. Cox says he plans to investigate.

Shirvell didn't respond to phone and e-mail messages.


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