(AbsoluteNews) – Recently, we covered the news about Texas salon owner Shelley Luther who was unjustly arrested and jailed for defying the state’s stay-at-home order. When Governor Greg Abbott (R) and Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) heard about it, they immediately called for her release. Now the state’s top prosecutor is issuing a warning to cities.
On May 12, Attorney General Ken Paxton told city officials they’re not allowed to enforce COVID-19 guidelines stricter than the state’s. The warning came after Bexar, Travis and Dallas counties, along with the cities of Austin and San Antonio, issued orders contradicting those put in place by Abbott. For example, they’re not allowed to force residents to wear masks when the state doesn’t require it.
#BREAKING: Texas Attorney General @KenPaxtonTX
sends letter to @JudgeClayJ saying Dallas Co. cannot limit attendees at churches, lawyers are essential businesses and county cannot require masks to be worn. Judges in Bexar, Travis counties got similar letters. pic.twitter.com/CTNlFLjWpP
— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) May 12, 2020
Paxton called the mash-up of guidelines “…strict and unconstitutional…” His statements echoed similar ones made by US Attorney General William Barr.
At the end of April, Barr ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to go after states who were violating the constitutional rights of citizens with their stay-at-home orders. It’s become clear that some politicians have forgotten the Constitution doesn’t ever go away, even during global pandemics.
Fortunately, Americans and Texans have strong leaders looking out for them.
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