(FamilyRetirementClub.Com)- Texas hair salon owner Shelley Luther became famous overnight when video footage of her telling a judge that she would not apologize for opening her salon and working to feed her family went viral. Shelley Luther, a salon owner from Dallas, broke lockdown orders and allowed her staff to come into work and earn money.
Luther was sentenced to a week in jail over the incident, but after widespread condemnation of her imprisonment, she was freed on Thursday.
Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman reporter, broke the news on Twitter.
“Texas Supreme Court orders Shelley Luther, imprisoned for contempt for violating order to close her Dallas salon, RELEASED from prison,” he said.
Release from JAIL ordered under request for emergency relief while Supreme Court considers Luther’s petition. Response due by 4 p.m. Monday.
— Chuck Lindell (@chucklindell) May 7, 2020
“Release from JAIL ordered under request for emergency relief while Supreme Court considers Luther’s petition,” he added. “response due by 4 p.m. Monday.”
Luther wasn’t just imprisoned for opening up her store – she was also reportedly fined $7,000.
When Judge Eric Moye accused her of being selfish for opening her store, Luther politely reminded him that people are struggling to feed their families and that she does not think it is selfish to help people feed their children.
“Judge, I would like to say that I have much respect for this court and laws and that I have never been in this position before and it’s not someplace that I want to be,” Luther said during the hearing. “But I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish.”
Luther said that the hairstylists she employes are going hungry because “they’d rather feed their kids.”
She then encouraged the judge to go ahead with his judgement, stating, “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.”
Luther’s message was heard all over the state (and the country), which prompted the Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to reach out and offer to cover the fine.
“7 days in jail, no bail and a $7k fine is outrageous,” he said. “No surprise Texans are responding. I’m covering the $7k fine she had to pay and I volunteer to be placed under House Arrest so she can go to work and feed her kids,” he added.
7 days in jail, no bail and a $7K fine is outrageous. No surprise Texans are responding. I’m covering the $7K fine she had to pay and I volunteer to be placed under House Arrest so she can go to work and feed her kids. #txlege #TexansHelpingTexans https://t.co/gdtMLAHFV5
— Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) May 6, 2020
The jail sentenced was also criticized by Governor Greg Abbott, who said there should be “less restrictive means” to be used than “jailing a Texas mother.”