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US judge dismisses lawsuit by anti-gay attorney
DETROIT (AP) - An ex-attorney for the state of Michigan who was fired after expressing hostility toward a gay University of Michigan student leader has lost a defamation lawsuit against another lawyer.
Detroit federal Judge Arthur Tarnow on Tuesday said Deborah Gordon's comments about Andrew Shirvell were either true or opinions and showed no malice. He dismissed the case.
Gordon called Shirvell a "rebel without a clue," among other things.
Gordon is the lawyer who represented Chris Armstrong. A jury last year ordered Shirvell to pay $4.5 million to Armstrong, an ex-student government president at the Ann Arbor school.
Armstrong accused Shirvell of stalking as well as defaming him on an anti-gay blog and in other venues. Shirvell was fired as an assistant attorney general in 2010.