Disbarred lawyer appeals decision

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AUBURN HILLS — A former lawyer for the state is appealing a decision that stripped him of his law license for his hostility against a gay college student.

Andrew Shirvell argued last month that he didn't get a fair hearing at the Attorney Discipline Board. He said lawyers on the three-member panel have a record of supporting gay rights.

Cynthia Bullington of the Attorney Grievance Commission said Shirvell's appeal is "frivolous."

Shirvell was an assistant attorney general. He was fired in 2010 after criticizing Christopher Armstrong on an anti-gay blog, on Facebook and during visits to the University of Michigan.

He said he was exercising free-speech rights.

In a separate matter, in 2012, a jury ordered Shirvell to pay $4.5 million to Armstrong, who was a student government leader at Michigan.

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