Texas Supreme Court orders release of salon owner

The Supreme Court of Texas on Thursday issued an order to release Shelley Luther, who was previously jailed for reopening her salon amid pandemic lockdown restrictions.

Luther's case has led to multiple Texas officials stepping up in her defense, calling her sentence by district court judge Eric Moyé a "shameful abuse of judicial discretion," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said.

The order comes one day after Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Texans cannot be jailed for violating state executive orders, citing some businesses that remain open amid lockdown restrictions.

Abbott penned on Twitter that he is changing the executive orders to remove jail as a punishment for anyone who violates the guidelines.

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