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A federal judge threatens to hold the attorney general in contempt of court.

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On Thursday morning, federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the deportation of a woman, known in court documents as “Carmen,” and her son. This deportation occurred while Carmen’s case was under appeal and was done without knowledge of her representative, the American Civil Liberties Union.

“This is pretty outrageous,” Sullivan said. “That someone seeking justice in U.S. court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her? I’m not happy about this at all. This is not acceptable.” He ordered the plane carrying Carmen and her son to be returned to the United States. If the order wasn’t carried out, he threatened to hold Sessions in contempt.

The ACLU’s tweeted a dramatic version of the story: