WATCH: Dallas Salon Owner Refuses To Apologize, Sentenced To Jail

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A Dallas Salon owner will now spend seven days in jail for refusing to back down from orders to shut down her salon. Shelley Luther, who owns Salon A La Mode located in Dallas County, violated a temporary restraining order issued both against her salon and her personally. On April 24th, Luther said she needed to open despite an ongoing economic shutdown in her county. The state of Texas deemed salons as “non-essential.”

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins cited Luther and issued the restraining order. However, Luther refused to back down even in the face of impending jail time. Many Texans came to her salon’s rescue, some standing armed outside her doors while her staff conducted business wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

Yesterday, Judge Eric Moyé ultimately sentenced Luther to jail time along with a fine. When he told Luther to apologize, she remained defiant. It’s important to maintain context here, Moyé remains an essential, paid employee deciding that another American is not worthy of earning a paycheck.

“Hopefully, this experience has brought you to the realization that because you believe there’s something you want to do, you do not have the right to independently supersede state law,” Moye told Luther.

“If you would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that your actions were selfish, putting your own interests ahead of those in the community in which you live; that they disrespected the executive orders of the state, the orders of the county, and this city; that you now see the error of your ways and understand that the society cannot function when one’s own belief in the concept of liberty permits you to flaunt your disdain for the rulings of duly elected officials; that you owe an apology to the elected officials who you disrespected by flagrantly ignoring and, in one case, defiling their orders which you now know obviously regard to you; that you know the proper way in an ordered society to engage concerns you may have had is to hire a lawyer and advocate for change, an exception, or amendment to laws that you find offensive.”

But Luther rejected the Judge’s bait to apologize, instead, issuing her own statement.

“I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I’m 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 getting fed, then please go ahead with your decision, but I am not going to shut the salon.”

Moye handed down his judgment.

“It is hereby ordered, judged, and decreed the defendant Shelley Luther having been found in criminal contempt of this court is hereby remanded to the custody of the Sheriff of Dallas County as punishment for her violation of this court’s order,” he said.

Oh, and let us not forget, District Judge Eric Moye is up for reelection this year.

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.


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