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Published 05/11/2020
5:41pm

Judge Stewart Denies State's Motion to Close Karl Manke's Barber Shop

VIDEO: Karl Manke's Attorney Speaks

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A crowd gathered outside Karl Manke's Barber Shop in Owosso on Monday afternoon, one week after he reopened his shop in defiance of Governor Whitmer's Executive Order, to hear his attorney speak.

Manke retained Kallman Legal Group out of Lansing to represent him. Father and son, David A. and Stephen P. Kallman, were both on hand at the press conference.

Karl Manke spoke first, saying "Hello my name is Karl Manke... one week ago today I made a decision that I was going to open my barber shop. Now for all of you that [think] I didn't have any fear, I did. I had fear about this." He then observed the serenity prayer, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference," and said he decided to "take the courage part;" to be courageous.

Occasionally difficult to hear, thanks to the noise of the constant flow of honking horns of passing drivers showing solidarity with him, Karl became emotional as he observed "I came into this last Monday alone, thinking I was going to swing in the wind alone, and I cannot believe the support that I've got." Crowd members shouted "You are not alone, Karl," before chanting "Karl! Karl! Karl!"

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At that point, David Kallman stepped to the podium. He said that just before noon that day, the Attorney General's office filed a complaint with Shiawassee Circuit Court asking for the Judge to close Karl's barber shop. Kallman Legal Group had informed the court prior to that time that it was representing Karl Manke and asked that if there was something filed by the state, that Judge Stewart allow all sides to be heard before closing Manke's barber shop. 

At the time of the press conference, Kallman noted that no action had yet been taken by Judge Stewart. However, shortly after the conference ended, it was announced that Judge Stewart had decided to deny the motion by the state and would not order Karl Manke's Barber Shop to close.

Kallman said during the question and answer portion of the afternoon press conference that he would expect the state to appeal if Judge Stewart were to deny the state's motion and said if they were to lose they'd do the same. "We're gonna fight it all the way to the Supreme Court if we have to."

When asked if he was going to stay open, Karl reiterated "I'm gonna stay open until Jesus comes."

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Barrett Backs Up Barber In New Stand Up Michigan Video

New Video Is Like Mini-Doc of Past Week at Karl Manke's Salon

Published 5/10/2020 3:17pm

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A new video released by Stand Up Michigan on Saturday is an eight-minute encapsulation of the first week that's passed since Karl Manke reopened his Owosso barber shop against Governor Whitmer's Executive Order to keep salons closed until May 28th.

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