Updated Thursday, 4:15 p.m. PST
This is why you should learn to say you're sorry.
The jury in Chris Armstrong's defamation case against Andrew Shirvell issued a ruling and it's a doozy. Find out what they decided after the jump.
No surpise they ruled in favor of Chris Armstrong. Shirvell put on a one-man-show of crazy so that's not a shocker.
However, Armstrong only requested $25,000 and he was willing to give that up if Shirvell would simply apologize.
He didn't. The jury decided $25,000 just wasn't enough to ease Armstrong's pain and they've awarded him $4.5 MILLION.
Those were some expensive blog posts, Andrew.
And Chris? Call us, maybe?
Former Michigan Assistant Attorney General, Andrew Shirvell, testified yesterday in the case brought against him by former University of Michigan student body president, Chris Armstrong.
You remember Andrew! He's the one that went all fatal attraction on the school's first openly gay student body president. He'd blog about him (with rainbow flags and swastikas for effect) and protest outside of his house. You know, romantic stuff!
Armstrong is accusing Shirvell of “defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, abuse of process, invasion of privacy, and stalking.”
More after the jump.
Armstrong is requesting at least $25,000 in compensatory and exemplary damages, as well as an injunction against future wrongdoing.
The Detroit Free Press writes:
Shirvell questioned himself on the witness stand for more than an hour Wednesday, trying to convince the jury he was upset by Armstrong’s push for gender-neutral housing at U-M. Shirvell graduated in 2002.
“My blog was political speech,” Shirvell testified. “I viewed my blog as a movement to get Mr. Armstrong to resign. I personally felt Mr. Armstrong was too radical for the position.”
According to Think Progress, "Shirvell accused Armstrong of pursuing a 'radical homosexual agenda' during his tenure as student body president. Under cross-examination, though, he conceded he had focused his attention solely on Armstrong, ignoring numerous other student group who had also pushed the housing policy."
Shirvell also claimed to have "no hatred in his heart" for Armstrong. (Duh. It's all LUV!!)
We love that this big bucket of crazy is handling his own court case. Now if only he'd admit that his "focused attention" on Armstrong is because he's totally obsessed with him and wants them to rent a UHaul and have babies.