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Afternoon Briefs: License yanked for barber who wouldn't close; fired Walmart lawyer sues

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Michigan suspends license of barber who refused to close

Michigan suspended the license of barber Karl Manke on Wednesday after he refused to obey state shutdown orders. On Monday, Judge Matthew Stewart of Shiawassee County refused to grant a temporary restraining order to close the barber shop, saying the state would not suffer irreparable injury if Manke is allowed to present arguments. (The Detroit News, the Lansing State Journal,

Ex-Walmart lawyer claims retailer fired him over memo refusal

A wrongful termination suit by Shane Perry, a former in-house lawyer for Walmart, claims that he was fired after refusing to change a memo that he wrote about his investigation of alleged bribery in Mexico. Perry says the retailer made up reasons to fire him and falsely reported him for child abuse after a discussion about mild corporal punishment. Walmart counters that Perry was fired for violating its policies on ethics, discrimination and harassment. (The Wall Street Journal, Law360, the Arkansas Times)

Flynn lawyers oppose amicus briefs on US plans to drop case

Lawyers for Michael Flynn are opposing any amicus briefs that weigh in on the U.S. Department of Justice’s plans to drop the criminal case against the former national security adviser. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan indicated Tuesday that he anticipates that outsiders will seek permission to file amicus briefs, and he would issue a scheduling order governing submission. Flynn had previously pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, but he later sought to withdraw the plea. The government said last Thursday it wanted to drop the case because Flynn’s lies weren’t material. (, the New York Times, the Washington Post)

Former Trump campaign chair gets home confinement

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been released from prison to home confinement because of COVID-19 concerns. Manafort was serving a seven-and-a-half-year sentence for bank, tax fraud and conspiracy. (The Washington Post, the New York Times, ABC News)

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