Texas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail on Tuesday for refusing to shut down her business in accordance with stay-at-home orders. Pictured in mug Tuesday
The defiant Texas salon owner who refused to close her business despite stay-at-home restrictions and repeated court orders has been sentenced to seven days in jail.
Shelley Luther, the owner of Salon a la Mode in Dallas, appeared in court on Tuesday where she was sentenced to seven days behind bars and $7,000 – $500 for each day she opened her business’ doors.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s started phase one of Texas reopenings last week, but did not allow salons to resume business – but that didn’t stop Luther from opening up.
Dallas County Judge Eric Moyé found Luther in criminal and civil contempt of court and told her she owed local leaders an apology.
He gave her the opportunity to admit fault and offered to commute her sentence if she apologized for ‘being seflish’, but Luther refused to admit she did anything wrong.
Dallas County Judge Eric Moyé found Luther in criminal and civil contempt of court on Tuesday and sentenced her to a week in jail and to pay $500 to the court for every day she opened her salon. Luther pictured in court Tuesday
The Judge gave her the opportunity to admit fault and offered to commute her sentence if she apologized for ‘being selifsh’ but she refused saying: ’I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I am selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish’
If the salon continues to operate, the judge ordered Luther to pay $500 each day through May 8, which is when Texas will allow said salons and barbershops to reopen
‘I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I am 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 being fed, then please go ahead with your decision. But I’m not going to shut the salon,’ she said before the judge.
If the salon continues to operate, the judge ordered Luther to pay $500 each day through May 8, which is when Texas will allow salons and barbershops to reopen.
‘The defiance of the court’s order was open, flagrant and intentional, Moyé wrote in his decision. ‘The defendants, although having been given an opportunity to do so, have expressed no contrition, remorse or regret for their contemptuous action.’
Luther reopened her Dallas business Salon a La Mode on April 24 and repeatedly ignored court orders to close up shop
Luther pictured holding her citation and speaking to the media after she was cited by City of Dallas officials for reopening her Salon A la Mode in Dallas, Friday April 24
Luther pictured being issued a citation by Dallas City officials on Friday April 24
A man carrying a rifle and Texas flag stands with salon owner Shelley Luther, left, and others in front of her salon on Friday April 24
Luther had received multiple citations for opening her business on April 24.
On April 24 she received a cease and desist letter from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
She received a court-issued temporary restraining order on April 28 mandating she close her business.
Last week on Wednesday Luther shared a Facebook Live video saying she intended to remain fully open and that it was her right to.
‘I’m still here, I’m standing for your rights and Salon A La Mode is open for business,’ she said.
On April 25 at an Open Texas rally to reopen businesses in Frisco, Texas, she ripped her cease and desist letter that was issued Friday into pieces before a cheering crowd.
Luther is one of many Texans who are rallying for the state to completely lift all closures and lockdown measures to reopen the economy. Pictured April 25 speaking at Open Texas rally in Frisco
Luther pictured speaking at an Open Texas rally in Frisco, Texas on April 25 where she ripped up the citation the state issued her for opening her salon
Luther says that her business needs to be open because her hairstylists need to work to provide for their families. She argues that her salon is a safe and clean environment that doesn’t pose a threat in spreading COVID-19.
‘I can’t afford to not stay open, and my stylists can’t afford to stop working anymore,’ Luther said to ABC13 over the weekend. ‘We’re about to lose everything and haven’t gotten any help, so I had to make a decision.’
There have been widespread protests to lockdown measures in Texas, with hundreds calling on Gov. Abbott to full open the state despite his incremental opening plan.
In Texas, there are more than 33,900 cases of COVID-19 and 925 deaths.
Texas governor Greg Abbott admits reopening will lead to an increase in coronavirus cases in private call with lawmakers, despite reassuring the public that a spike in infection rate will be in part due to more testing
Abbott announced in a media briefing last week that the state would ‘strategically’ allow businesses such as malls, movie theaters and restaurants to run at 25 per cent capacity and said ‘it’s only logical to see there would be an increase in the number of people that test positive’.
But in a Friday call with lawmakers Abbott directly linked the reopening to the spread of COVID-19, while stating that his goal was not to eliminate the disease but only get the number of reported cases reduced.
‘How do we know reopening businesses won’t result in faster spread of more cases of COVID-19?’ Abbott is heard asking in the audio obtained by The Daily Beast.
‘Listen, the fact of the matter is pretty much every scientific and medical report shows that whenever you have a reopening—whether you want to call it a reopening of businesses or of just a reopening of society—in the aftermath of something like this, it actually will lead to an increase and spread. It’s almost ipso facto.’
Greg Abbott said: ‘In the aftermath of something like this, it actually will lead to an increase and spread.’ He admitted in the Friday call ‘the goal never has been to get transmission down to zero’ but what ‘we want to see is a reduction in the percentage of people who test positive’
The authenticity of the conversation, first reported by The Quorum Report, with members of the state legislature and Congress was confirmed by the governor’s spokesperson.
In the recording Abbott goes on to admit that he is not aiming to eradicate the virus in the state and knows that allowing people to gather again will cause the infection rate to spike.
‘The more that you have people out there, the greater the possibility is for transmission,’ Abbott continued. ‘The goal never has been to get transmission down to zero and never can be to keep transmission down to zero.’
He added: ‘There’s always going to be, with a rapidly transmittable disease like this, there will always be a level of transmission. And even when you have an immunization come out, there will be a transmission rate for COVID-19.’
Texas shutdown March 20 and from Friday Abbott will allow beauty salons to reopen. Next Friday gyms can reopen.
Despite earlier stating that the actual infection rate is likely to increase, Abbott stated that his priority was to see a decrease in the number of people who test positive.
‘The goal is to reopen using strategies that are proven strategies that can continue to contain the spread of COVID-19,’ Abbott explained. ‘These are strategies that have been proven effective in the state of Texas for the past month and a half.
‘This may come up in answer to a future question, but the main thing that we look for—and this is the primary number that I’ve seen doctors and epidemiologists use—is that what we want to see is a reduction in the percentage of people who test positive.
‘If we can continue to achieve that, that means that we have COVID-19 under the control that we need. And that’s what we’re looking to achieve.’
As of Tuesday the total number of Texans tested was 427,210. Active cases were 15,372. The recovery count was 16,791. Confirmed hospitalizations were 1,888.
Abbott has focused on having a thousand more people recovered than active cases. In a media briefing Tuesday he said the trend in more recoveries than active cases was going for the fourth day in a row.
Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia said in a statement: ‘Republicans are not here to protect you or your family. Governor Abbott finally admitted that prematurely opening Texas is going to lead to more cases and more deaths. Republicans are putting our families’ lives at risk so their billionaire donors can get richer. What Texas Republicans say in public yet again doesn’t match what they say in private.
‘It is absolutely shameful Governor Abbott won’t face the press, take the tough questions, and admit the deadly risks of his decisions. He knew people would die after reopening Texas and now he needs to own it.’
Progress Texas responded in a statement: ‘Gov. Abbott is trying to normalize an increase in cases to make people think the illnesses and deaths are not surprising. He wants to say this isn’t news. Really?
‘There is no bigger news than a government leader confessing to us that there will be an increase in illnesses and deaths from his actions. Texans are concerned for their families, neighbors, and communities, yet Gov. Abbott plows ahead while following orders from Donald Trump.’
A representative for Abbott said the governor has maintained his stance from the audio since the beginning, adding that ‘as we begin to open up, we will see flare ups, whether we open now or three months from now’.
The spokesperson, John Wittman added: ‘The key is ensuring we are able to contain that spread, which is where contact tracing comes into play.’
However in past interviews Abbott had claimed the increase in infection rate would be because of increased testing.
In one interview Abbott said that ‘when you begin to reopen, there can be spikes or increases in those who test positive for COVID-19’. ‘This is nothing to be worried about,’ he said. ‘In part, because we will be doing far more testing in the future than we have in the past and that alone will identify more people testing positive.’
In Texas Wednesday morning there were 33,912 coronavirus cases and 925 deaths.
Dallas and Harris–Houston counties were worst affected with more than 4,000 cases and Harris-non-Houston county had more than 3,000 cases.
It was closely followed by Tarrant, Bexar, Fort Bend and El Paso counties which all had more than one or two thousand cases.
The reopenings come after protests from people claiming the lockdowns are a violation of their rights.
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