Michigan Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Barber Over Governor Gretchen Whitmer
On Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of a 77-year old barbershop owner that defied Governor Gretchen Whitmer's lockdown orders, according to Law Enforcement Today.
Karl Manke opened his barbershop in 1961 in Owosso, Michigan, a small town with less than 15,000 people. Throughout the pandemic, Manke has resisted orders from Governor Whitmer to shut down his small business. He continued to cut hair stating “as far as I’m concerned, I’m opening up… I have a livelihood. I have a business that I have to protect. I have clients [who] rely on me. And I’m going to continue on. I’m not going to stand down.”
Manke was ordered to cease operations and threatened with the revocation of his license. He took the issue to court and continued to cut hair. Michigan wanted to impose a fine of $7,500 on Manke for “the unlawful operation of his barbershop on June 1, 2020” and requested that an additional $7,500 be imposed every day that he remained open. Furthermore, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services wanted to impose an additional $5,000 in damages.
Manke continued to appeal court decisions until he made his way up to the Michigan Supreme Court. On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled in his favor. Manke has made national headlines for his humor. In one headline he stated this his shop would remain open "until Jesus comes." Many Americans agree with Manke and his stance. “The government is not my mother, never has been… ‘I’ve been in business longer than they’ve been alive.”
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has also made headlines with her extreme policies used to combat COVID-19. The Governor recently stated that coronavirus lockdown measures will probably be extended due to protesting advancing the spread of the virus. However, Detroit News reported that the Governor attended a protest and was not following proper social distancing measures. Hypocrisy accusations started to arise to which a spokesperson for the governor stated, “nothing in this order shall be taken to abridge protections guaranteed by the state or federal constitution.”
Here's Manke's opinion of the governor. “I don’t have any intentions of being bullied… I really don’t mind her being governor, but when (Whitmer) starts this ruling stuff, then I take exception to that… It’s not part of our Constitution. It shows her immaturity as a leader, not being able to govern, instead having to rely on police state tactics in order to get her agenda taken care of,” he said.
Manke also stated that he thought he was going to be arrested when a local police officer stopped by his shop one morning. “I had a police man stop by this morning… I thought okay here it is…it’s done. He said I love you and walked out,” he said. There was support for Manke where he didn't even expect.