BREAKING: Texas AG Tells Judge to Free Dallas Woman ‘Unjustly Jailed’ For Operating Hair Salon

Mary R

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was put in jail yesterday for defying draconian orders that told her to keep her salon closed.

Texas’ Attorney General has requested the judge to free Dallas woman ‘unjustly jailed’ for operating hair salon, according to Fox News.

Mock covered the crazy story this morning saying:

“Shelley Luther owns a hair salon in Dallas and decided that because she and the other stylists working for her couldn’t wait any longer for the stay-at-home order to be lifted this Friday, and opened 7 days early.  She and the other stylists literally had no way of feeding their families except to open back up, which is, of course, a painful situation facing millions of Americans right now.

She opened 7 days early.  That was her crime.  So, she and her business were being fined $500 a day, and the judge in her case, Judge Moye, said the fines would continue until Friday.  Last week, a cease-and-desist letter was sent to her demanding that she close, which she very publicly ripped up. In court yesterday, Moye told her he’d only fine her $7000 and NOT send her to jail if she apologized for violating the stay-at-home order.”

First, this woman is my hero. She stood up to the Democrat judge and in the most respectful way told him that she would do it all over again. The judge demanded that she apologize and receive a fine to avoid jail time and this woman stood strong.

How could you look at her trying to make sure her employees are able to feed themselves and their children and not think of her as a hero? She didn’t force anyone to come in. She opened her salon in an attempt to help her employees and their families struggling with no other recourse.

When I saw this story yesterday, I was livid. This is the exact opposite of what we would expect to come out of Texas. Then I delved into the issue and realized that it happened in a heavily Democrat-run district.

I took to twitter and asked Gov. Abbott why he was staying silent.

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It took almost 24 hours, but we finally heard from Governor Abbott and his Attorney General.

Governor Abbott’s Statement:

“I join the Attorney General in disagreeing with the excessive action by the Dallas Judge, putting Shelley Luther in jail for seven days. As I have made clear through prior pronouncements, jailing Texans for non-compliance with executive orders should always be the last available option. Compliance with executive orders during this pandemic is important to ensure public safety; however, surely there are less restrictive means to achieving that goal than jailing a Texas mother.”

Attorney General Paxton’s Statement:

“I find it outrageous and out of touch that during this national pandemic, a judge, in a county that actually released hardened criminals for fear of contracting COVID-19, would jail a mother for operating her hair salon in an attempt to put food on her family’s table. The trial judge did not need to lock up Shelley Luther. His order is shameful abuse of judicial discretion, which seems like another political stunt in Dallas. He should release Ms. Luther immediately.”

As of right now, Senator John Cornyn has yet to respond.

These statements in support of Shelley Luther are as important as they were needed; however, anything short of her immediate release is unacceptable.

By the way, Dallas, Texas readers, this judge is up for re-election. I think it is time he goes for a long period of time without a job. Let’s see if he is so inclined to re-think his judgment.