Shelley Luther, owner of Salon a la Mode in Dallas, was sentenced to seven days in jail for violating orders to keep her business closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Abbott calls for the release of woman who reopened salon despite state's COVID orders.
Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to a week in jail and a $ 7000 dollar fine after she was found in contempt of court for defying Texas stay-at-home orders and keeping her business open.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday that the seven-day jail sentence a Dallas salon owner received for defying orders to keep her business closed was excessive - with Paxton calling for Shelley Luther's immediate release.
“I find it outrageous and out of touch that during this national pandemic, a judge ... would jail a mother for operating her hair salon in an attempt to put food on her family's table,” Paxton said in a statement, calling state district Judge Eric Moyé's order to jail and fine Luther, owner of Salon a la Mode, “a shameful abuse of judicial discretion.”
Paxton also penned a letter to Moyé demanding he immediately release Luther, arguing that a community that had already "voluntarily reduced its 'jail population ... by about one thousand people' due to" the coronavirus pandemic "can certainly stand to release one more . "
Paxton also pointed to Abbott's latest directive, which will allow hair salons and barber shops to reopen Friday under certain guidelines, arguing that it was "unjustifiable" to confine Luther "well after she could be operating her business and providing for her children."