Texas Gov Issues Executive Order Banning Jail Time For Violating Lockdowns: “This Should Free” Dallas Karen

CBS News Dallas reports:

After supporting the actions of a Dallas salon owner who was jailed for violating executive stay at home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Greg Abbott has now modified his executive orders and eliminated confinement as a punishment for violating the mandates.

“Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault of their own is nonsensical, and I will not allow it to happen,” said Governor Abbott.

“That is why I am modifying my executive orders to ensure confinement is not a punishment for violating an order. This order is retroactive to April 2nd, supersedes local orders and if correctly applied should free Shelley Luther.”

Austin’s ABC News affiliate reports:

A Texas salon owner jailed for reopening her business amid the coronavirus pandemic has found her latest champion in Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who offered to foot her $7,000 fine as well as serve house arrest on her behalf.

The Texas mother was also issued an additional $500 fine for every day she remained open before May 8, when Gov. Greg Abbott’s restrictions begin to lift for businesses like salons and barber shops.

UPDATE: And she’s out.