Gov. Abbott's Action Not Only Helps Shelley Luther, but Two Other Women Arrested for Violating Lockdown

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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)

There are still some other cases that need clearing up in Texas.

Fortunately, as we reported earlier, Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther, who had been jailed after she refused to comply with shutting down, has now been released after an order from the Texas Supreme Court.

This came after Gov. Greg Abbott said that no one should be locked up just for violating a lockdown order and trying to provide for his/her family. He also raised the case of two other women who had also been arrested for providing salon services.

From Townhall:

“This order is retroactive to April 2nd, supersedes local orders and if correctly applied should free Shelley Luther.” Gov. Abbott also named two other women in Texas who were arrested and charged at the end of April for offering beauty services from their homes.

“It may also ensure that other Texans like Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia and Brenda Stephanie Mata who were arrested in Laredo, should not be subject to confinement,” the governor continued. He also condemned the hypocritical advocation by some for releasing convicted offenders from confinement only to jail those who are simply trying to earn a living amid an economic crisis.


The women, Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia, 31, and Brenda Stephanie Mata, 20, were snitched on by anonymous neighbors that they were continuing to provide services.

The Laredo Police Department then actually conducted a sting operation against the women. This is what they are spending time trying to do? Really, Texas?

From Daily Wire:

“Both of the violators independently solicited customers via social media,” the department said in a statement. “On both cases, an undercover officer on the COVID-19 task force enforcement detail made contact with each solicitor to set up an appointment for a cosmetic, beauty service that is prohibited under the emergency ordinance.”

Castro-Garcia was arrested “after she agreed to and met with an undercover officer who posed as a customer needing a nail service,” the report outlined.

“Castro-Garcia admitted to running a nail salon inside her residence and promoting the business on social media, going against the mayoral decree currently in place,” said police.

Mata was arrested after she “allegedly agreed to perform an eyelash service inside her residence for an undercover officer posing as a customer,” according to the news report.


They were charged with “violating an emergency management plan” which is a Class B misdemeanor and has a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and/or a $2,000 fine.

Now, with the retroactive order of the Governor, they should not face a jail term.


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