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Supreme Court of Texas Orders Salon Owner Shelley Luther's Release From Jail

Salon owner Shelley Luther adjusts her hair while listening to a question after she was cited by City of Dallas officials for reopening her Salon A la Mode in Dallas, Friday, April 24, 2020. Hair salons have not been cleared for reopening in Texas. Luther was asked by officials to close and was issued a citation when she refused. Luther said she will remain open for business. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

On Tuesday, Shelley Luther, a mother and the owner of a hair salon in Dallas, Texas, was sentenced to seven days in jail and ordered to pay a $7,000 fine. Her crime: daring to open her hair salon in defiance of local shutdown orders, so that she and her employees could feed their families. In response to the absurd sentence, both the governor and attorney general of Texas issued statements calling for her immediate release.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Texas ordered that Shelley Luther’s release from jail.

It’s great that there was finally justice, but how did this happen in America in the first place?