Karl the Barber Demands Charges Be Dropped

Remember Karl the Barber? He is the Owosso barber who stayed open during the COVID-19 shutdown and had criminal charges filed against him for violating executive orders that closed down hair salons.

The dust had no chance to settle on the Michigan Supreme Court ruling that struck down the validity of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s many Executive Orders when Karl Manke’s lawyer demanded that all charges be dropped against Mr. Manke.

In a press release, David A. Kallman, Manke’s lawyer, referenced several of his clients, saying, “All administrative actions and criminal charges predicated on the EOs pending against Mr. Manke must be dismissed. Our client Friske Orchards Farm Market is also requesting the immediate cessation of all threatened administrative actions by state agencies against their business. All of our clients who operate gyms and physical fitness centers, such as Crunch Fitness, are requesting that all actions against them be dismissed immediately.”

Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel has said she will not enforce the Executive Orders anymore, but the validity of pending charges levied before the Supreme Court ruling remains to be seen.

Reporting for WGRT -Jennie McClelland