Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton admonished the "shameful abuse of judicial discretion" of a Dallas judge that fined a Texas salon owner $7,000 and sentenced her to seven days in jail in a "political stunt," calling for her immediate release.

"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," AG Paxton wrote in a statement Wednesday.

"The trial judge did not need to lock up Shelley Luther. His order is a shameful abuse of judicial discretion, which seems like another political stunt in Dallas. He should release Ms. Luther immediately."

Paxton had told Newsmax TV earlier Wednesday of his letter of admonition to Dallas judge Eric Moye.

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