BREAKING: Judge rules in favor of Michigan barber, refuses to order the barber shop to shut down


77 year old barber Karl Manke just notched another legal victory, but the Michigan Attorney General is warning they will appeal.

LansingStateJournal reports an Owosso barber who has kept his shop open despite a suspended license and a cease and desist order from the state will not have to close, a Shiawassee County judge ruled Thursday.

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office filed a request for an emergency temporary restraining order against barber Karl Manke when he refused to close his shop after receiving two citations — one for violating the governor’s executive stay-home order and another from the county health department.

Shiawassee County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Stewart decided Thursday not to grant the attorney general’s request, allowing Manke to stay open.

Manke has become a cause célèbre for those who oppose Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home orders and want the state to reopen. He inspired a protest at the Capitol Wednesday, called “Operation Haircut.”

Although his license is suspended, Manke was on the Capitol grounds cutting hair Wednesday.

Stewart said the decision was a “close call” in an opinion issued Thursday.

He said it makes sense at face value that putting people close together for prolonged amounts of time poses a public health risk,... (Read more)

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