Attorney: Owosso Barber Won’t Pay $9000 In Fines Following ‘Operation Haircut’ Protest – WKAR

Posted: March 31, 2021 at 3:38 am

The attorney for Karl Manke says the Owosso barber wont pay $9,000 in fines ordered by a state professional board. The board found Manke violated state COVID-19 restrictions as well as other health rules.

Half the citations were aimed specifically at a protest last May. Manke and other barbers and stylists cut hair in front of the state Capitol.

David Kallman is Mankes attorney.

Thats a clear violation of his First Amendment rights to free speech and to protest, and thats what he did and theyre imposing fines for simply exercising his 1st Amendment rights.

Kallman said other sanctions were for minor violations that dont deserve such heavy penalties.

I mean $6,000 of the $9,000 in fines are for Operation Haircut and Karl cutting hair at the state Capitol," Kallman said. "They were not these minor violations. They were the protests that happened at the Capitol."

Kallman said the Capitol protests are protected by the First Amendment. He says a court challenge to the fines will be filed in Shiawassee County.

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