Tucker Carlson provided an update on the Michigan restaurant owner who was arrested for resisting COVID-19 lockdown. Carlson was spot-on with his assessment of the out-of-control Attorney General Dana Nessel who bragged about the arrest.

In the video below, Carlson questions the statement from Nessel that the restaurant owner put the “community at risk.”


Michigan’s AG Dana Nessel announced the arrest today of Marlena Pavlos-Hackney. No, she’s not a hardened criminal but is a woman who fled communism to come to the US. She came seeking the American Dream and became the owner of Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland. She is now having an American nightmare because she’s being treated worse than the true criminals in the state of Michigan for “violating the state’s public health orders.” Was it vital for the state’s Attorney General to make a big announcement about this woman’s arrest? Michigan continues to be over-the-top with its draconian regulations.

According to Fox17, the authorities claim that Pavlos-Hackney has willfully violated the state’s food laws, public health orders, and a court-ordered Temporary Restraining Order.

Pavlos-Hackney was arrested and taken into custody early this morning on an outstanding Ingham County Civil Warrant for Contempt of Court. She was in hot water for failing to comply in a civil case filed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. According to the Holland Sentinal, she will remain in jail until the Michigan Attorney General’s Office is satisfied her restaurant will remain closed.


The state of Michigan suspended her food license in January, but she remained open and operating.


Michigan restaurant owner, Marlena Pavlos-Hackney of Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria, defied the lockdown in Michigan, so she has been instructed to turn herself in by the end of the day today but refused to comply. She says, “they can arrest me,” but she’s not turning herself into the authorities.

During a hearing with the Ingham County judge earlier this month, Pavlos-Hackney was issued a bench warrant saying she should be jailed until she shuts down her restaurant.

News 8 stopped by the restaurant Thursday afternoon, where Pavlos-Hackney was serving customers, refusing to comply with the lockdown protocols like mask-wearing or capacity limits. Pavlos-Hackney knows oppression first-hand because she fled communism five years ago to come to America.

“We don’t want this country to be a communist regime that’s going to dictate what we can do and what we cannot do. I’m not afraid if I have to go to jail because I fight for freedom.”

Pavlos-Hackney said she’ll be in jail for as long as it takes to fight for her freedom.  Her customers have spoken out to support her and say she’s a hero.

There is a GoFundMe for  Pavlos-Hackney, and she has been speaking out on Tucker Carlson and The Blaze about her ordeal.


In 1983, Marlena escaped Communism in her home country Poland for the Freedoms and individual rights of The United States of America. She became a citizen in 1992 and decided to open her business, nestled in Holland, Michigan, “Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria.”

Marlena is the pure definition of the American Dream. Every day, she exudes that every day is grateful to be part of a country that upholds individual liberty and freedoms over totalitarianism and authoritarianism. Free from a Communist country she and her business thrived!

Then came 2020, Unconstitutional lockdowns from Michigan’s Governor Whitmer and her draconian lackeys at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Together, with no data presented, in defiance of the Constitution and the oath they took to uphold it, they shut down ALL restaurants.

Marlena had seen these edicts before and refused to lose everything she worked her entire life for only to live in a country that started to look like Communist Poland. She would remain open in defiance of tyranny and well within her protected Constitutional rights. But the government had other plans.

Like most authoritarian governments, the Health Department tried to shut her down with fines and fees. When she stood her ground, they revoked her license to operate a restaurant. Marlena would not be deterred and, like the Founding Fathers before her, refused to comply: She would continue to serve the patriots of her community.

This last week, in a court-ordered Zoom appearance, without Constitutionally protected representation, the judge levied a fine and ordered an arrest warrant for Marlena. Finally, under tremendous stress and pressure, Marlena did what she knew was right: She continued to serve her community even under the possibility of arrest.

Join The Conversation. Leave a Comment.

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.