Michigan Supreme Court rules in favor of Owosso barber


Owosso, Mich. (WLNS) — The Michigan State Supreme Court ruled 7-0 in Manke’s Favor, according to a court order obtained by 6 News.

The decision in Department of Health and Human Services V Manke is a reversal of the order to immediately close, but this case is not settled.

The Friends and Community of Owosso also shared the news on Facebook.

An overview of what’s developed in the past month of Karl Manke’s Owosso Barbershop

May 28: Michigan Court ordered Karl Manke to close his shop

This decision overturned another by a Shiawassee County judge, ordering Manke to sign an injuunction.

The appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, had ordered a preliminary injunction Thursday, then returned with another order Friday, telling a Shiawassee County judge to sign the injunction immediately.

May 21: Judge rejects a request for an injunction that would have strengthened the state’s hand in keeping the barber shop closed during the coronavirus outbreak.

Shiawassee County Judge Matthew Stewart said the health department failed to show that Manke’s shop was a specific threat to public health.

May 20: Operation Haircut

The Michigan Conservative Coalition organized another protest at the Capitol building on Wednesday.

An organizer said the protest was planned to show support for an Owosso barber who reopened at the beginning of May.

Karl Manke opened up his barbershop in Owosso despite the governor’s orders requiring hair salons to remain closed until May 28.

On Twitter, Michigan State Police said approximately 350 people are at the Capitol. Three citations have been issued for disorderly conduct as of 1:30 p.m.

May 13:  Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs suspends Manke’s license to operate

However, Manke was still cutting hair because he had not been served the suspension order

May 9: Day six of operation of Karl Manke’s Barber Shop

Manke had worked 80 hours since opening Monday and has had long lines of customers every day.

May 6: Protesters gather to support Manke staying open

People are rallying and lining up for haircuts in front of Karl Manke’s Barber Shop in Owosso today to show support of Manke staying open during the pandemic and stay-home order.

May 6: Owosso Police issue Manke two citations

The two citations were for operation a non-essential business under Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order to stay home.

May 4: Manke opens his shop on grounds

He said he’s opening on grounds that he needed to make money, stating: “government is not my mother.” Manke was denied twice by unemployment.

Karl Manke’s Barber & Beauty Shop in Owosso opens up; defies state orders

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