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Texas Salon Owner Gets 7 Days in Prison for Staying Open

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2020 09:14 PM EDT

A Dallas salon owner has been sentenced to seven days in prison for keeping her salon open, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Shelley Luther was also fined $7,000 for continuing to operate her business, Salon a la Mode.

Dallas County Judge Eric Moye ruled against Luther for both criminal and civil contempt.

Moye told Luther she owes local leaders an apology.

"I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I am selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish," she said. "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 being fed, then please go ahead with your decision, but I'm not going to shut the salon."

Salons and barbershops can reopen May 8, but Luther told Moye she would still reopen her establishment before then.

Luther's business was ordered to close March 22. She reopened April 24 and tore up a cease and desist letter from County Judge Clay Jenkins at a demonstration the next day.

Luther's attorney said Gov. Greg Abbott could have acted sooner to allow salons to open.

Abbott "could've swept all this aside and said 'Whatever your occupancy is of your facility, take it to 25%,'" Warren Norred told the Morning News.

"That gets the churches. That gets the salons. That gets the grocery stores. It gets the restaurants. It gets everybody, and it would've done the job."

Solange Reyner

Solange Reyner is a writer and editor for Newsmax. She has more than 15 years in the journalism industry reporting and covering news, sports and politics.

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Keeping her salon open against legal orders, a Dallas salon owner has been sentenced to seven days in prison for, The Dallas Morning News reported.
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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 09:14 PM
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