Dallas Salon owner Shelley Luther was released from the Dallas County jail on orders of Texas Supreme Court.
Dallas Attorney Warren Norred announced the order of the Supreme Court via Twitter.
— Norred Law (@NorredLaw) May 7, 2020
HoustonChronicle reports a Dallas salon owner was released from jail Thursday after a backlash from leading Republicans over her treatment for defying a statewide stay-at-home order.
The Texas Supreme Court issued a temporary order freeing Shelley Luther shortly after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott amended his executive order on the closures to prevent incarceration as a punishment. It had previously threatened violators with up to 180 days in jail.
“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,” Abbott said in a statement.
Luther was sentenced on Tuesday to a week in jail and fined $7,000 after refusing to close her salon during the lockdown. She has been championed by some conservatives who say their rights and livelihoods were infringed under the emergency restrictions.
On Wednesday, several prominent Republicans came to Luther’s defense, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, state Attorney General Ken Paxton and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who offered to pay Luther’s fine and serve her sentence himself, under house arrest.
Dallas County Judge Eric Moyé had offered to only impose a fine if Luther apologized, but she refused. Moyé called her defiance “selfish,” saying she was “putting your own interest ahead of those in the community in which you live.”