Barber defying Gov. Whitmer’s lockdown orders wins at Michigan Supreme Court

by Peter Heck · Jun 7th, 2020 9:54 am
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Michigan barber Karl Manke, who had been told by a Court of Appeals that he must close his shop in compliance with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's lockdown orders, has seen that ruling vacated by the Michigan Supreme Court.

The state's high court sent the 77-year-old's case back to the Court of Appeals for closer review, with Justice David Viviano cautioning them,

"Courts decide legal questions that arise in the cases that come before us according to the rule of law," Viviano wrote. "One hopes that this great principle — essential to any free society, including ours — will not itself become yet another casualty of COVID-19."

On May 28th, the Court of Appeals had ruled that Manke's decision to remain open despite Whitmer's restrictions was unlawful and that the local trial court must issue an immediate closure order. In his opinion, Viviano criticized that "extraordinary step" as "inexplicable," and further questioned the Court of Appeals rendering their decision without a full briefing.

Manke himself has continued working and maintaining a positive attitude. When visited by two agents from the Attorney General's office, Manke told them they looked like they needed a haircut.

"I am still standing up. I have no intention of standing down," he said.


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