Ken Paxton, the attorney general of the state of Texas, is slamming the recent jailing of a defiant salon owner in that state, deeming it "shameful" and calling for her immediate release.
Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail this week for reopening her salon while Gov. Greg Abbott's stay-at-home order was still in place. Luther cited desperate employees going hungry in order to feed their own children as the motivation for opening up her business
Paxton called the decision by Judge Eric Moyé "outrageous and out of touch:"
"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," Paxton said in a statement. "He should release Ms. Luther immediately."
Since being jailed, Luther has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations via GoFundMe.