Greg Abbott Eliminates Jail for Texas Business Owners Violating Lockdown Orders

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is joined by state and city officials as he gives an update on the coronavirus outbreak, Monday, March 16, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott isn’t about to let any kind of totalitarianism exist in the great state of Texas. After the drama between Dallas, Texas, Judge Eric Moye and salon shop owner Shelley Luther, Abbott is making sure it never happens again.

Luther was sentenced to a week in jail after refusing to bow to Moye’s demands of admitting that opening her salon was “selfish” and that she apologize to elected leaders for violating their rules. Luther’s refused to apologize, saying it’s not “selfish” to get back to work so workers can feed their families.

Moye sent her to jail, prompting both Abbott and Texas Attorney General to issue a statement lambasting Moye’s decisions and demanding her release.

(READ: Greg Abbott and Texas AG Ken Paxton: “Release Ms. Luther Immediately”)

However, many wondered why Abbott wasn’t pardoning Luther outright. It would appear that Abbott is going to more than just pardon Luther: He’s going to make it impossible for overreaching authorities in local governments to throw anyone else in jail.

“Throwing Texans in jail whose biz’s shut down through no fault of their own is wrong. I am eliminating jail for violating an order, retroactive to April 2, superseding local orders,” tweeted Abbott. “Criminals shouldn’t be released to prevent COVID-19 just to put business owners in their place.”


This is a bold but necessary move. It’s becoming more and more clear as the states begin to lift their respective lockdowns that many of the authoritarian leaders around the U.S. have become far more desperate to hold onto their power. Eliminating the danger of going to jail for violating an order that is holding the people back from getting on with their lives and pushing the economy back to health is a solid move, especially if the right precautions are being taken.

Texas continues to lead the way in terms of what restarting a state’s economy should look like, and Abbott is definitely making the right decisions in terms of respecting the rights and freedoms of Americans.


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