Michigan: Former Asst Atty General Andrew Shrivell loses in court BIG after cyber-bullying college student

Former assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell found out Thursday that he must pay a whopping $4.5 million for the damage he caused to a gay University of Michigan student leader.

It’s doubtful he could have imagined such a punishment being issued by a jury of his peers when he decided to sit down with The Daily Show in November 2010 for what turned out to be perhaps the definitive takedown of his harassment.

Shirvell had been generating headlines for launching the “Chris Armstrong Watch” blog in April of that year, and he was placed on leave in October.

Shirvell was eventually fired that year for repeatedly harassing Armstrong, his alma mater’s student body president, via blog postings that claimed Armstrong pushed a “radical homosexual agenda,” called him a Nazi and a representative of Satan. The attorney general’s office reported it had received more than 20,000 outraged phone calls about Shirvell.

All of that led to Armstrong’s defamation lawsuit in 2011. And The Detroit Free Press reported on Thursday that a jury in U.S. District Court ordered Shirvell to pay $4.5 million in damages.

Check out the sadly out of touch Andrew Shirvell try to answer questions on camera.