A judge in Michigan has ruled that a barbershop that opened up despite Governor Whitmer’s unconstitutional stay at home order is allowed to remain open.
Karl Manke opened up his barbershop in early May and has encountered a lot of backlash from government officials. He has had his license suspended, received a cease and desist and a restraining order.
Fortunately a judge in Shiawassee County ruled in his favor and has ordered that his shop can remain open.
The attorney general had petitioned the court to force Manke to close his shop, and Shiawassee County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Stewart denied the attorney general’s request.
Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joniegh Khaldun had stated in an affidavit that by allowing Manke to keep his shop open it was a threat to public health. Judge Stewart said there was not enough evidence to prove that.
“The attorney general has not presented any studies underlying the doctor’s conclusion. The attorney general has not shown any nexus between the cutting of hair and an increased risk of transmission. The attorney general’s filings rest more on general facts about COVID-19 than specific practices or conditions at Manke’s business.”
– Judge Stewart
Dana Nessel the attorney general plans to appeal the judge’s ruling.
“Mr. Manke, he’s not a hero to me. He’s not a patriot. A patriot is a person that fights all enemies, foreign and domestic, and does everything possible to protect his fellow countrymen and countrywomen. And, to me, Mr. Manke is doing just the opposite of that, and he’s being selfish in his behavior in that what he’s doing is allowing the virus to spread.”
– AG Dana Nessel
The Judge’s ruling is a huge win for Manke. He can now operate his business without being harassed by government officials.