Dallas salon owner jailed for defying virus shutdown order

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Published: May 06, 2020
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90% "Texas' Republican governor and top law enforcement officer on Wednesday came to the defense of a Dallas hair salon owner who was jailed for ..."
82% "Luther was cited last month for keeping her salon open despite state and local directives that kept nonessential businesses closed, but she continued to ..."
81% "The governor coming to the defense of someone violating his own executive order reflects the increasing pressure he faces to reboot the state at ..."
78% "Feeding my kids is not selfish, she told Moye.""
76% "DALLAS (AP) --""
75% "Moye's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.""
73% "Although Abbott last week allowed restaurants and retailers to begin reopening under limited capacity, he said at the time that mid-May was his goal ..."
69% "As Luther appeared in court Tuesday, Abbott gave permission for hair salons and barbershops in Texas to reopen by Friday, accelerating his own timeline.""

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90% : Texas' Republican governor and top law enforcement officer on Wednesday came to the defense of a Dallas hair salon owner who was jailed for keeping her business open in defiance of the governor's restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
82% : Luther was cited last month for keeping her salon open despite state and local directives that kept nonessential businesses closed, but she continued to defy the order and tore up a cease and desist letter in front of TV cameras.
81% : Shelley Luther was booked in the Dallas County jail on Tuesday following a video hearing during which she refused to apologize for repeatedly flouting the order, leading the judge to find her in contempt of court and sentence her to a week behind bars.
81% : The governor coming to the defense of someone violating his own executive order reflects the increasing pressure he faces to reboot the state at a much quicker pace than what he has outlined.
78% : "Feeding my kids is not selfish," she told Moye.
76% : DALLAS (AP) --
75% : Moye's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
73% : U.S. Senator Ted Cruz also expressed support for her.
73% : Although Abbott last week allowed restaurants and retailers to begin reopening under limited capacity, he said at the time that mid-May was his goal to get hair salons and gyms back up and running.
69% : As Luther appeared in court Tuesday, Abbott gave permission for hair salons and barbershops in Texas to reopen by Friday, accelerating his own timeline.
62% : "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."
62% : Both are Republicans.
54% : Abbott called the salon owner's punishment "excessive.
49% : __ Associated Press writers Paul J. Weber in Austin and Jill Bleed in Little Rock, Arkansas, contributed to this report.
48% : Mark Jones, a professor of political science at Rice University, said Abbott has to balance opening up too slowly and alienating the right wing of his party, and moving too quickly in a way that risks a resurgence of COVID-19 and the loss of moderate Republicans and swing voters.
47% : Moye wrote in his judgment of contempt: "The defiance of the court's order was open, flagrant and intentional."
47% : "Compliance with executive orders during this pandemic is important to ensure public safety; however, surely there are less restrictive means to achieving that goal than jailing a Texas mother," Abbott said in a Wednesday statement.
45% : "I couldn't feed my family, and my stylists couldn't feed their families," Luther testified Tuesday, saying she had applied for a federal loan but didn't receive it until Sunday. Dallas County Judge Eric Moye said during the hearing that he would consider levying a fine instead of jail time if Luther would apologize and not reopen until she was allowed to do so, but Luther refused.
42% : But some Texans haven't been willing to wait, including two GOP state lawmakers who let reporters film them getting haircuts outside Houston on Tuesday in defiance of Abbott's rules.
38% : "Gov. Abbott has been forced to follow a very narrow path," Jones said.
26% : Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the judge Wednesday asking him to release Luther from jail.
24% : "I find it outrageous and out of touch that during this national pandemic, a judge, in a county that actually released hardened criminals for fear of contracting COVID-19, would jail a mother for operating her hair salon in an attempt to put food on her family's table," Paxton said.
19% : He noted that despite being given the opportunity to apologize, Luther "expressed no contrition, remorse or regret" for her actions.

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