Texas Supreme Court orders Dallas salon owner released from jail
By: Tasha Tsiaperas (MSN)
This story will be regularly updated.
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Gov. Greg Abbott said Texans can't be jailed for violating statewide executive orders as some businesses are allowed to reopen.
The governor pointed to a Dallas salon owner who is currently jailed for criminal contempt of court after she violated a temporary restraining order issued by a state district judge.
Abbott said he is modifying his executive orders, eliminating jail as a punishment for anyone who violates his rule.
Abbott issued a variation of a stay-at-home order March 31 that expired April 30. Non-essential businesses were closed and gatherings were limited.
The governor announced a phased reopening plan that began May 1, but he amended those plans Tuesday, allowing salons and barbershops to reopen Friday.
But one salon in Dallas reopened even before the statewide stay-at-home order was lifted.
The owner of Salon a la Mode, Shelley Luther, was issued a citation and then sent a cease and desist letter by Dallas County officials. The salon remained open.
The City of Dallas sought a temporary restraining order forcing the salon to close, which a state district judge granted.
In a hearing Tuesday afternoon, State District Judge Eric Moye found Luther to be in criminal contempt of court. He ordered her to pay thousands in fines and sentenced her to seven days in jail.
Abbott said in a written statement Thursday that he believes his change to his executive orders should allow Luther to be released from jail.
The governor also referenced two women arrested in Laredo who allegedly violated the community's emergency management plan for offering beauty and cosmetic services from home.
Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia and Brenda Stephanie Mata were arrested on misdemeanor charges.
© Provided by WFAA-TV Dallas-Ft. WorthTop Texas officials denounce Dallas salon owner's jail sentence for defying orders to close Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton said Wednesday that the seven-day jail sentence a Dallas salon owner received for defying orders to keep her business closed was excessive - with Paxton calling for Shelley Luther's immediate release. "I find it outrageous and out of touch that during this national pandemic, a judge ... The Texas Tribune|May 06, 2020
"Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault of their own is nonsensical, and I will not allow it to happen," Abbott said in a statement Thursday.
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