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Dallas Salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail for criminal and civil contempt and hit with a $7,000 fine after Judge Eric Moye found her guilty of operating her hair salon in breach of the state’s stay-at-home order and violating restraining order from the court.

Luther, who operates Salon A La Mode, was given an opportunity to avoid jail time if she agreed to apologize to government officials and admit wrongdoing. She declined.

“If you would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that your own actions were selfish, putting your own interest ahead of those in the community in which you live,” the arrogant and almighty Judge Moye said.

Luther was instructed to apologize, acknowledge she was wrong, and agree to keep her business closed until Friday, when Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced all salons may reopen.

“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,” Luther responded. “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.”

Judge Moye barely made eye contact with Luther as she delivered her reply.

WIBC host Tony Katz commented on Judge Eric Moye’s offer:

“The judge’s commentary is so sick and twisted and diseased that he should be thrown off the bench. Within this, there are two Americas: the people who believe that Shelly Luther is fighting for the very principle of being able to live her life as she sees fit, and those who believe that government is all-powerful in every way – even when they are in the wrong – and that if you grovel at his feet because of the robe on his back, then maybe, just maybe you won’t go to jail.”

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