from the American Thinker:
Shelley Luther is America’s New Rosa Parks
Dallas, Texas salon owner Shelley Luther has become the face of the movement to free the nation from the oppressive lockdowns imposed by despotic governors and mayors.
She is a modern-day Rosa Parks, but more on that in a moment.
An inspiration in these dark times to patriotic Americans who yearn to have their most basic constitutional rights respected, Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail on May 5 for daring to open her salon despite emergency decrees mandating the continued forced closure of businesses like hers that have arbitrarily been deemed non-essential.
But Luther was liberated May 7 after the Supreme Court of Texas ordered her released “pending final disposition of this case.” On May 8, Texas will allow hair salons to reopen with conditions.
The judicial process against Luther moved with the alarming speed of a drumhead court-martial.
According to a somewhat ungrammatical Judgment of Contempt and Order of Confinement signed May 5 by 14th Judicial District Court Judge Eric Moyé, Luther and her business, S&B Hot Mess Enterprises LLC, doing business as Salon A La Mode, violated a temporary restraining order dated April 28 that directed the salon to cease operating.
She bravely refused to shutter the salon, saying she (and her employees) needed to work to feed their families.
Luther was sentenced to seven days imprisonment for criminal contempt and seven days for civil contempt, with the sentences to run concurrently. Her business was ordered to pay $500 a day for criminal contempt for the 7 days as “they [sic] willfully violated the Order of this Court.” The business was also ordered to pay an additional $500 a day for civil contempt “for each day from this day forward during which the Salon remains in operation from the date of the Temporary Restraining Order until May 7, 2020.”
The order stated that “any time the Defendants should wish to purge themselves of their Contempt, they may petition this Court for release from confinement,” provided that they cease operating the salon and “publically [sic] express contrition.”
Luther had previously ripped up a citation at a rally, earning the ire of Judge Moyé.
“I’m not anyone special,” she reportedly said at the event. “I just know that I have rights. You have rights to feed your children and make income, and anyone that wants to take away those rights is wrong.”