Michigan drops lawsuit against barber who reopened despite Gov. Whitmer's lockdown

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 23rd, 2020 1:27 pm

Last Updated Jun 25th, 2020 at 12:08 am

The state of Michigan has agreed to drop its lawsuit against the 77-year-old owner of a barbershop whose license was temporarily suspended after he reopened for business on May 4 in defiance of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's coronavirus shutdown.

The Attorney General's office granted barbershop owner Karl Manke a full and final dismissal of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' lawsuit that sought to shut down his shop, according to Manke's attorney.

"I am glad the state has finally realized I am not a health threat to anyone and that I have a right to continue to cut hair," Manke said in a statement issued by his attorney. "The courts have consistently upheld my constitutional rights affirming that the governor's attempts to shut me down were out of line."

Earlier this month, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of Manke, saying the state appeals court rendered "their decision without a full briefing."

A pending appeal in the Michigan Court of Appeals will also be dismissed as a result of the agreement.

Manke had his license reinstated last week after the state allowed barbershops and salons to reopen.


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