Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin showed a huge sign of support by visiting Salon A La Mode, whose owner Shelley Luther is currently jailed for reopening.
Pictures of Palin’s visit were shared by the salon’s employees, CBS reported.
Shelley Luther was in jail during Palin’s visit, the report adds. Luther is serving a jail sentence for reopening the business nearly two weeks ago.
Former Gov. Palin was in Dallas while on her way to visit her daughter in Austin.
Palin’s visit occurred on the same day as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Texas Governor Abbott issued statements in support of Shelley Luther.
Paxton called for the “immediate release” of Luther from jail. Paston added that Luther was “unjustly” jailed and said he believes the judge is abusing his authority.
Paxton argued that her arrest seems like a “political stunt.”
Texas Governor Abbott issued the following statement in support of Luther:
“I join the Attorney General in disagreeing with the excessive action by the Dallas Judge, putting Shelley Luther in jail for seven days. As I have made clear through prior pronouncements, jailing Texans for non-compliance with executive orders should always be the last available option. Compliance with executive orders during this pandemic is important to ensure public safety; however, surely there are less restrictive means to achieving that goal than jailing a Texas mother.”
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Attorney General Paxton’s Statement:
“I find it outrageous and out of touch that during this national pandemic, a judge, in a county that actually released hardened criminals for fear of contracting COVID-19, would jail a mother for operating her hair salon in an attempt to put food on her family’s table. The trial judge did not need to lock up Shelley Luther. His order is shameful abuse of judicial discretion, which seems like another political stunt in Dallas. He should release Ms. Luther immediately.”
More from CBS:
Dallas judge Eric Moye said Luther violated statewide stay-at-home orders when she reopened her salon nearly two weeks ago. She also publicly tore up a cease-and-desist letter from Dallas County that ordered her to close.
However, He also sent a letter to the judge, offering his thoughts on her arrest and sentencing.
Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order earlier this week that will allow salons and barber shops to reopen on Friday, May 8.
Paxton took issue with her sentencing as it overlaps with the new order allowing for the reopening of her business. Abbott also released a statement, saying he agrees with the attorney general’s plea.
So far, Luther has been fined $3,500 as of Tuesday. However, Moye said she would continue to be fined $500 every day it was open until Friday.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tweeted Wednesday that he will be covering that fine.
The salon owner has garnered crowds of residents who supported her decision to reopen her business even if it was in defiance of statewide orders.
Protesters could be seen Wednesday afternoon at an intersection near the Dallas County Jail, calling for her release.
A GoFundMe page that was set up for Luther has, so far, raised over $400,000. The goal was originally $250,000 but it has since increased to $500,000.