Shelley Luther, an owner of the beauty salon À la Mode in Dallas, must serve jail time for repeatedly refusing to close her business.
The story of Luther’s disobedience began in April when she re-opened her salon despite the national lockdown. After receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, she publicly ripped the document up. She would later defy another court order.
On May 5th Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail for violating a temporary restraining order to close her business and fined $500 each for every day the salon remained open despite the governor’s stay-at-home order.
While Judge Jenkins said that she would have considered a lighter sentence if Luther showed remorse and apologized for her action, the defendant disagreed.
“I have much respect for this court and laws. I have never been in this position before and it’s not someplace that I want to be,” Shelley Luther said, according to CBS. “But 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.”