Andrew Shirvell's 2010 firing from the Michigan Attorney General's office over targeting former University of Michigan student body President Chris Armstrong has been upheld, first reported.

William Hutchens, a hearing officer with the Michigan Civil Service Commission, on Tuesday issued the decision. Shirvell, he wrote, was found to “have engaged in harassing conduct of the basest sort.”

Shirvell, an alum of UofM, protested the election of Armstrong as the school's first openly gay student body president. He attacked Armstrong on the Internet, at his home and at university events. At his now private blog Chris Armstrong Watch, the official accused the student of preying on impressionable freshman and of being “Satan's representative on the student assembly,” and labeled Armstrong a Nazi, a racist, a liar and an elitist.

Shirvell was fired by then-Attorney General Mike Cox, a Republican, who at first defended his employee's actions as free speech. Shirvell “repeatedly violated office policies, engaged in borderline stalking behavior and inappropriately used state resources,” Cox said in a statement.

Hutchen's 16-page decision also considered Shirvell's numerous media appearances in which he defended his actions: “The fact that the grievant made a media spectacle of himself and the department for which he worked without regard for the interests of his employer constitutes conduct unbecoming a state employee.”

Phillip J. Thomas, who represents Shirvell, called the ruling “deeply flawed” and said his client would appeal the ruling.