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Education Secretary Facing Possible Jail Time For Defying A Court Order

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Sen Murray argued:

"There's nothing stopping Secretary DeVos from providing relief to struggling borrowers today, and she needs to begin approving claims immediately so students who were cheated out of their education and savings get the relief they are entitled to."

Harvard Law School's Project on Predatory Student Lending director of litigation, Eileen Connor, states she had borrowers with four-year-old claims.

She argues loan debt has ballooned, and in lawsuits, her group described delays causing borrowers anxiety, fear, psychological and financial distress.

Connor said:

"The department's delay is not neutral. It's harming students."

"I don't want to put any words in the judge's mouth, but I think based on the evidence, it's unquestionable that the Department of Education is in contempt of the court order. There really is no factual question about it."

She added:

"Not only has the Department of Education over and over refused to do its job and discharge the loans, but it has also refused to just follow the basic laws of the court. It really takes the cake. It's far beyond what I've seen before."

Attorneys for DeVos and the Department of Education have until October 21 to file relevant briefings to argue the contempt of court motion.

Toby Merrill's team will have an additional week to then respond.

Image the Education Secretary behind bars.

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