Mich. Supreme Court Backs Defiant Barber

“I’ve got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. I [couldn’t] care less.”

Fox News – The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday unanimously sided with a barber who reopened his shop last month in defiance of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s coronavirus lockdown order.

The high court ruled that the state appeals court made mistakes in its decision to shut down 77-year-old barber Karl Manke.

The appeals decision was not unanimous and did not afford Manke oral arguments to defend himself, the court said.

“It is incumbent on the courts to ensure decisions are made according to the rule of law, not hysteria.” Justice David F. Viviano wrote in his opinion. “One hopes that this great principle — essential to any free society, including ours — will not itself become yet another casualty of COVID-19.”

Manke, who has operated his shop in Owosso for 60 years, became a national symbol of resistance after he continued to cut hair despite being cited at least twice and having his license suspended by the state.

He even gave free haircuts outside the state Capital with other barbers and hairdressers in protest of Whitmer’s “stay-at-home” order, which was meant to slow the spread of the virus.

Manke told “Fox & Friends First” last month that he hoped “that there’s a certain amount of sanity that will prevail” in the courts.

“I’m 77 years old. I mean, what are they going to give me? Life?” he asked … Read more. 

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