Wednesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the Dallas County judge who sentenced salon owner Shelly Luther to seven days in jail after she refused to apologize for opening her business against lockdown orders.

Dallas County was one of the counties that released “hardened criminals” arguing it was to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. But yes, let’s jail a woman opening her business to feed her family and ensure her stylists can feed theirs.

In a letter, Paxton wrote:

“I find it outrageous and out of touch that during this national pandemic, a judge, in a county that actually released hardened criminals for fear of contracting COVID-19, would jail a mother for operating her hair salon in an attempt to put food on her family’s table,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The trial judge did not need to lock up Shelley Luther. His order is a shameful abuse of judicial discretion, which seems like another political stunt in Dallas. He should release Ms. Luther immediately.”

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick called the sentence “outrageous” and volunteered to pay the $7k fine and to “be placed under House Arrest” in her stead.

In response, 12 Dallas County judges said the contents of Paxton’s letter were “inappropriate”:

The letter:

Luther’s attorney has appealed to the Texas Supreme Court:

As if the sentence wasn’t bad enough, the judge publicly shamed Luther, telling her she was acting selfishly by opening her business. He agreed to let Luther off the hook if she apologized for being selfish. Luther refused. And good for her for doing so.

For more on the original story, this is a decent synopsis of Luther’s troubles:

A GoFundMe was created to help support Luther. At the time this published, the GoFundMe had raised over $420,000.

According to a German scientists, there’s no proof the coronavirus has been spread through grocery markets, hair salons, or restaurants:

Can you get infected with coronavirus after using a shopping trolley in the supermarket? What about by touching a door handle in the office, or a remote control?

These are questions that many people have been asking since the coronavirus outbreak began.

Researchers have so far come to different conclusions on how long the virus can survive on surfaces. But now a team of scientists in Germany are trying to find answers.

“So far, no transmission of the virus in supermarkets, restaurants or hairdressers has been proven,” explained Bonn virologist Hendrik Streeck on the ZDF Markus Lanz talk show.

Instead, the major outbreaks have been the result of close get-togethers over a longer period of time, he said.

As Phase 2 of the grand re-opening begins Friday, haircutting will once again be decriminalized.


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