An appeals court ruled against Owosso, Mich. barber Karl Manke on Thursday, demanding he close his barber shop, but Manke intends to take his case to the state Supreme Court.
The Michigan Court of Appeals determined in their ruling that Manke’s rights were not violated by the administration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in their repeated attempts to coerce him out of business.
“Here, the State has an important governmental interest in containing the spread of COVID-19,” the decision claims, adding that the executive order issued by the governor is “directed at that interest and not at any speech or expressive conduct.”
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