Texas Salon Owner Sentenced to Week In Jail After Refusing to Close Despite Stay-at-Home Order

A Dallas salon owner was sentenced to a week in jail after defying court orders to close down amid the state’s stay-at-home order, CBS News reports.

Dallas Judge Eric V Moyé sentenced Shelley Luther to seven days in jail for violating a temporary restraining order requiring her to close the salon. Luther was also fined $500 for every day her salon remained open.

Luther gained national headlines after opening her salon last month despite the city and county requiring it to stay closed.

Moyé told Luther on Tuesday that he would consider a lighter sentence if she admits she was wrong and apologizes to lawmakers.

Luther refuses:

"I have much respect for this court and laws. I have never been in this position before and it's not someplace that I want to be," Luther told the judge. "But I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I'm selfish because feeding my kids — is not selfish. I have hair stylists that are going hungry because they'd rather feed their kids. So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision but I am not going to shut the salon."

Luther, who was taken into custody, vowed to appeal the ruling.

Texas to reopen salons:

The order comes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said on Tuesday that hair and nail salons can reopen on Friday.

Abbott admitted in a secret recording that reopening will lead to more infections.

"How do we know reopening businesses won't result in faster spread of more cases of COVID-19?" Abbott said during a phone call with state and federal lawmakers. "Listen, the fact of the matter is pretty much every scientific and medical report shows that whenever you have a reopening—whether you want to call it a reopening of businesses or of just a reopening of society—in the aftermath of something like this, it actually will lead to an increase and spread. It's almost ipso facto."

"The more that you have people out there, the greater the possibility is for transmission," Abbott said. "The goal never has been to get transmission down to zero."


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