(AbsoluteNews.com) – Americans across the country are sick of being home. People who own small businesses are especially fed-up, and one Dallas salon owner landed herself in jail after she refused to abide by Governor Greg Abbott’s (R) stay-at-home order and opened anyway. Now the governor and attorney general are calling for her release.
Judge Eric Moyé sentenced Shelley Luther to seven days in jail on May 5 for violating the COVID-19 order. Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) called the sentence “outrageous” and said the sentence “seems like another political stunt.”
Shelley Luther should immediately be released from jail. Locking her up is a misguided abuse of power, especially considering Dallas County released real criminals to “protect them from COVID-19.”
Release her now so she can return to her family. pic.twitter.com/67KrhQBEyf
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) May 6, 2020
Governor Abbott is also calling for the owner of Salon a la Mode to be released. He called Judge Moyé’s sentence “excessive” and said there are better ways to ensure public safety without “jailing a Texas mother.” Luther’s attorney is appealing the sentence.
Small business owners are being destroyed by the coronavirus pandemic. At the beginning of April, 25% of independent companies were on the cusp of closing permanently. With odds like that, it’s no wonder Luther was trying to work. Should she really be punished for attempting to save the company she poured herself into? Governor Abbott and AG Paxton don’t think so.
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