A federal judge in Michigan has ruled against Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) in her efforts to force 77-year-old barber Karl Manke to close his barbershop under the state’s shutdown orders.
Judge Matthew Stewart said that since Manke was not arrested when he was cited, the state and Whitmer failed to prove that he presented “an imminent health danger,” and Manke would be allowed to keep his shop open.
“[The attorney general] has not shown any nexus between the cutting of hair and an increased risk of transmission,” Stewart wrote in reversing the revocation of Manke’s business license.
Attorney General Dana Nessel said she would appeal the ruling and attacked Manke publicly. “He’s not a hero, he’s not a patriot,” Nessel said. “A patriot is a person that fights all enemies, foreign and domestic, and does everything possible to protect his fellow countrymen and countrywomen.”
“To me, Mr. Manke is doing just the opposite of that and he’s being selfish in his behavior,” the attorney general concluded, even though the judge had ruled otherwise.
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