A Texas judge sentenced a Dallas hair salon owner to seven days in jail and a $ 7,000 fine for opening the salon despite lockdown orders, the local CBS affiliate reported.
Judge Eric Moye told owner Shelley Luther that while her decision was “selfish,” she could avoid jail time if she apologized and admitted her mistakes.
Moye said that Luther’s statement should make it clear that “now you see the error of your ways and understand that society cannot function where your own belief in a concept of” freedom “allows you to show off your contempt for the statements of to elected officials. The statement would also include recognition that the “right way” to challenge a ruling would be to hire a lawyer to conduct that case.
The judge told Shelley Luther that
could avoid jail time if she apologized, admitted she was wrong and agreed to close her hair salon until it was allowed to open.
– Andrea Lucia (@ CBS11Andrea) May 5, 2020
“Judge, I would like to say that I have great respect for this court and laws,” said Luther. “I don’t agree with you, sir, when you say that I am ‘selfish’ because feeding my children is not selfish. I have hair stylists who are hungry because they prefer to feed their children. So, sir, “If you think the law is more important than feeding children, please continue with your decision, but I’m not going to close the salon.”
Representative Dan Crenshaw (R., Texas) criticized the judge’s ruling.
“These penalties are NOT alone,” Crenshaw wrote on Twitter. “They are not reasonable. Small-scale “leaders” across the country have become drunk with power. This must end. ‘
The coronavirus pandemic has forced most U.S. states to implement widespread closings of businesses and schools to curb the spread of the pathogen. As a result, since the pandemic started, 30 million Americans, about 18 percent of the workforce, have applied for unemployment.