(TargetLiberty.org) – A Texas woman jailed Tuesday for violating business lockdown regulations has gained a powerful ally in the state’s attorney general. Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in lockup after refusing to condemn her own behavior. Now the AG and lieutenant governor have both stepped up to support her, and even Governor Greg Abbott – whose lockdown order she broke – says he agrees with Attorney General Ken Paxton that the punishment was excessive.
Luther kept her hair salon open for seven days despite Abbott’s executive order closing non-essential businesses. She says she needed the income to feed her family. Dallas County judge Eric Moye offered her a choice between jail, shutting down and paying a fine, or apologizing for her selfishness. Luther explained that her actions weren’t driven by selfishness, so Moye jailed her.
7 days in jail, no bail and a $7K fine is outrageous. No surprise Texans are responding. I’m covering the $7K fine she had to pay and I volunteer to be placed under House Arrest so she can go to work and feed her kids. #txlege #TexansHelpingTexans https://t.co/gdtMLAHFV5
— Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) May 6, 2020
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick tweeted that he’s covering Luther’s fine, and now there’s mounting pressure to have her released early. Governor Abbott repeated the point that jail should be “the last available option” for enforcing lockdown. This case is attracting a lot of public support for Luther and not much for the hapless judge.
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