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Michigan Barber Who Flouted Whitmer’s Lockdown Can Remain Open, Judge Rules

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Michigan Barber Who Flouted Whitmer’s Lockdown Can Remain Open, Judge Rules


By Isabel van Brugen

May 22, 2020 Updated: May 22, 2020

A Michigan barbershop owner who had his license suspended after he cut hair during Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “non-essential” business shutdown will not have to close shop, a judge ruled on May 21.
Shiawassee County Judge Matthew Stewart said Thursday that the state health department had failed to show that Karl Manke’s shop—Karl Manke Main Street, Barber & Beauty Shop—in Owosso, a small town between Lansing and Flint, “has the potential to spread COVID-19 around the state.”
The 77-year-old had both his license and that of his business “summarily suspended,” according to a May 12 order (pdf) signed by Debra Gagrialdi, director of the Bureau of Professional Licensing, which claims that the situation at the Owosso barber required “emergency action” to protect “the public health, safety, or welfare.”
Manke reopened his shop on May 4 despite Whitmer’s statewide “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order for “non-essential” businesses like his to remain closed. Whitmer has said barber shops and hair salons are risky places because of the contagious virus.
“Listen, I’ve been in this business for 59 years. She wants to come cut my hands off, that’s another story,” Manke told the Associated Press in an interview, referring to Gov. Whitmer.
Manke, who joined other barbers and hairdressers to cut hair for free during an anti-lockdown protest at the Capitol on Wednesday, told Fox News that he will not “stand down.”


Demonstrators have arrived at the Capitol for “Operation Haircut.” All individuals engaging in haircuts are being educated on the law. Those who do not comply will be cited for disorderly conduct. All citations will be forwarded to the AG’s Office for review. pic.twitter.com/XVb8VVPYFx
— Michigan State Police (@MichStatePolice) May 20, 2020

Judge Stewart said in his opinion that the Michigan Attorney General’s Office did not provide reasons why Manke’s shop posed a threat to public health.
“(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,” Stewart wrote. “(The attorney general’s) filings rest more on general facts about COVID-19 than specific practices or conditions at (Manke’s) business.”
In a video conference on the Whitmer administration’s request for an injunction to close the Manke’s shop, Stewart said an affidavit from the state’s chief medical executive and photos weren’t sufficient to prove that Manke contributed to the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.
“That’s not enough to tip the scales, no matter how great the public emergency,” the judge said, adding that it was a “close call.”

Stewart added that Manke could have been arrested if authorities believed his barber shop posed a steady threat to public health.
The 77-year-old’s attorney, Dave Kallman, said that there needs to be evidence to show that Manke’s shop was spreading COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus.
“You can’t just argue COVID is awful, it’s killing people. Who disputes that?” he noted. “They have to show the barber shop is spreading the virus. The judge saw it clearly.”
Michigan’s Attorney General’s Office said it plans to appeal Stewart’s ruling.
“The Court of Appeals retained jurisdiction over this case when it ordered the trial court to hold a hearing so the Court of Appeals is where this matter will ultimately be decided,” the office said a statement. “We look forward to having our day in that court.”

 

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Whitmer, and other governors evoking draconian lockdowns, are finding out that you govern only with the consent of those goverened. Pretty soon we won't have to worry about these blue state tyrant governors anymore, because there won't be any more blue states.
 

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Michigan’s Attorney General’s Office said it plans to appeal Stewart’s ruling.
Of course she will. She is a real piece of work.

I would like to know why Whitmer and Nessel allowed a gay/transgender private club to remain open, while they have been badgering Karl.

And from my research there is more than just people being in close proximity to one another. They have "special places" set up for privacy.

How come the media isn't reporting on that?!
 

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Of course she will. She is a real piece of work.

I would like to know why Whitmer and Nessel allowed a gay/transgender private club to remain open, while they have been badgering Karl.

And from my research there is more than just people being in close proximity to one another. They have "special places" set up for privacy.

How come the media isn't reporting on that?!
May be something to do with the 'private' label, and whether the term 'open' applies. State regulations are sometimes whatever the executive says they are - for awhile anyway.
 

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and whether the term 'open' applies.
It does, one can go there and pay a fee to get in. They are indeed open for business and have been allowed to continue while everything else is closed.
 

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