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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says he will pay jailed Dallas salon owner’s fine

Last updated on May 7, 2020

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After Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called for her “immediate release,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced he would pay Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther’s fine.

Luther, owner of Salon A La Mode in Dallas, was sentenced Tuesday after Judge Eric Moye said she violated statewide stay-at-home orders when she reopened her business nearly two weeks ago.

She also publicly tore up a cease-and-desist letter from Dallas County that ordered her to close.

Luther was also ordered to pay a fine of $3,500 along with $500 per day that her salon is open until Friday, May 8.

On Tuesday, Governor Abbott announced that hair and nail salons and barbershops can open on Friday, May 8 given that they follow guidelines outlined in the newest executive order.

No bail amount was set by the court at Luther’s sentencing.

Patrick also volunteered himself to be put under house arrest in Luther’s place to allow her to “go to work and feed her kids.”

Earlier today, Paxton called for Luther’s “immediate release” and called her arrest a “political stunt”.

A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for Luther. As of publication, the crowd sourced fundraiser has raised more than $438,000.

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