91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Owosso barber vows to stay open while he appeals to Michigan Supreme Court

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

An Owosso barberhopes the Michigan Supreme Court will get involved in his case Monday so he can stay open.

Last week, A Shiawassee County Circuit Court judge orderedKarl Manke to close and lock his barbershop.

The order came after a majority on the Michigan Court of Appeals Thursday agreed with state regulators that by opening his businesses in violation of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay at Home orderManke posed an “imminent threat to public health.”

Also last week, a state administrative law judge upheld the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' decision to suspend Manke's barber's license.

Manke’s attorney has appealed the Court of Appeals decision to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Attorney David Kallman says the legal actions against his client should wait for the state supreme court to weigh in.

“Karl was denied his due process. He was denied his right to be heard,” says Kallman.

A Michigan Attorney General’s office spokesman declined comment on Manke’s attorney’s complaint.

Meanwhile, the Owosso barber says he plans to stay open despite a court order that he close his doors. Karl Manke is potentially risking being found in contempt of court.

“I’m going to continue opening my shop,” Manke told supporters on Saturday, “I'm going to continue working as a free American. This is not the Michigan I know.”

The Owosso barber has become a hero for critics of Gov. Whitmer’s handling of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
Related Content