Dallas Salon Owner Sent to Jail For Defying Closure Order

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A Dallas salon owner who refused to close her shop despite multiple court orders has been sentenced to a week in jail. A judge called Shelley Luther’s open defiance of social distancing orders “flagrant and intentional” and said she felt no “remorse or regret” for her actions, CBS News reports. Luther was sentenced for violating a temporary restraining order to close her business and fined $500 each to the county’s criminal and civil courts for every day the salon remained open. She violated the governor’s stay-at-home order, an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Luther, owner of Salon À la Mode and Hot Mess Enterprises, got national attention for opening her salon in April after the closure of non-essential businesses. She said she opposed the stay-at-home order for financial reasons and publicly ripped up a court order at a protest with more than 100 others.

Judge Eric Moyé, told Luther on Tuesday that he would consider a lighter sentence if she admitted that she was wrong and apologized to the elected officials whose orders she violated. Luther said, “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 was taken into custody and her attorney said he would immediately appeal the decision. Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday said hair salons, barbershops and nail salons can reopen on Friday, with proper social distancing guidelines.

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