The Texas Supreme Court ordered the release of Dallas salon owner, Shelley Luther, from jail. The decision was prompted when Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order that disallows jailing Texas coronavirus restriction violators.
It seems now, Texas finally has some fight in them.
“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. “That is why I am modifying my executive orders to ensure confinement is not a punishment for violating an order. This order is retroactive to April 2nd, supersedes local orders and if correctly applied should free Shelley Luther.”
Throwing Texans in jail whose biz’s shut down through no fault of their own is wrong.
I am eliminating jail for violating an order, retroactive to April 2, superseding local orders.
Criminals shouldn’t be released to prevent COVID-19 just to put business owners in their place.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 7, 2020
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded the move by Abbot, citing that Luther wanted to feed her children and didn’t deserve such treatment.
“As a mother, Ms. Luther wanted to feed her children,” Paxton said in a letter to the judge asking him to free her. “As a small business owner, she wanted to help her employees feed their children. Needless to say, these are laudable goals that warrant the exercise of enforcement discretion.”
“I applaud Gov. Abbott’s decision to ensure that penalties for violating public health orders are reasonable and not excessive. All Texans are trying to get through this crisis together and no one should be put in jail unnecessarily,” he continued.
Abbott also brought up the Laredo mother and daughter who were caught in a sting during a home pedicure bust (it’s difficult to even write that).
“It may also ensure that other Texans like Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia and Brenda Stephanie Mata who were arrested in Laredo, should not be subject to confinement,” Abbott said of the order. “As some county judges advocate for releasing hardened criminals from jail to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is absurd to have these business owners take their place.”
Author: Jim Satney
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