The Supreme Court of Texas has just ordered the release of Shelley Luther, the owner of a hair salon who was jailed by Dallas County State District Judge Eric Moyé, after Luther reopened her hair salon in violation of the state’s lockdown order.
Luther actually reopened her salon only a handful of days before the scheduled reopening of hair salons allowed under the state’s lockdown transition.
When she was brought before Judge Moyé, Luther explained that she and the other hair stylists in the salon needed money to feed their children.
But Judge Moyé would have nothing to do with that explanation and gave her three alternatives — she could apologize, pay a fine or spend seven days in jail.
Luther told the Judge:
“I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish. I have hairstylists that are going hungry because they would 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.”
According to Fox News, several judges in Texas have been pushing for the release of criminals because of fears of COVID-19 infection, and here we have a judge throwing a person in jail because of the COVID-19 infection.
Are you confused yet?
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has since eliminated jail time as punishment for breaking Coronavirus lockdown rules. His statute also overrules any municipal regulations.
READ: Texas Supreme Court orders Dallas salon owner released as Abbott bans jailing citizens for lockdown violations and Texas AG tells judge to free Dallas woman ‘unjustly jailed’ for operating hair salon
State governments across the US have been under increased criticism for releasing hardened criminals back into the community over fears they would contract the Coronavirus while in prison. READ: Orange County DA ‘outraged’ after commissioner releases 7 dangerous sex offenders due to COVID-19 restrictions