[Ed.- A resounding victory. It’s still a question whether Whitmer will stop overstepping her authority, but a good day for the barber and – hopefully – other small businesses in Michigan.]
In a unanimous 7-0 decision, the Michigan Supreme Court sided with 77-year-old barber Karl Manke over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday.
Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel have been relentlessly pursuing Manke, attempting to force the closure of his shop during the coronavirus pandemic.
Great Lakes News reported on Facebook late Friday that the Court ruled unanimously in favor of the Owosso barber — a stunning decision, given the narrow 4-3 ideological split in favor of conservatives. …
Whitmer and Nessel fined Manke and stripped him of his license after he repeatedly refused to close his business in defiance of Whitmer’s executive orders.
A Michigan Court of Appeals upheld that Manke’s license suspension was valid, but the Supreme Court decision reversed that.