Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News senior judicial analyst, said on Thursday that the Dallas salon owner who refused to close her business is an "American hero" and ripped the judge who sentenced her to seven days in jail.
"He actually asked her to admit that she was selfish, what is this, catechism class in the fourth grade?" Napolitano, a former New Jersey Superior Court judge, told "Fox & Friends" in regards to state District Judge Eric Moyé, who ordered salon owner Shelley Luther to jail after she opened her business. The salon had been closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The judge told Luther that she could either apologize for defying the order restricting businesses and pay a fine before opening on Friday, or go to jail.
"I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I'm selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish," Luther said to the judge. "I have hairstylists that are going hungry because they would 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."
Napolitano said that "She was convicted of violating an order of the judge, who told her to keep her business shut. A judge has no more authority to close her business than the governor does — neither of them do."
He went on to call the judge a "two-bit political hack in a black robe" and said he's "sorry" Luther is in jail, adding that she doesn't deserve to be there "at all."
"She will be applauded when she comes out for refusing to kowtow to him," he added.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Texas ordered Luther to be released.
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