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Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the Curmudgeon writes this, it is less than a day since the STF decided, 6-5, to deny a motion for habeas corpus filed by former President Lula, which would have...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Thursday, March 22nd Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) held a vote on a petition for habeas corpus filed by former President Lula. The close vote (6-5) technically only frees Lula from...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO - Previous segments of this abstruse essay have dealt with the unusual nature of Brazil’s constitutional provision on presumption of innocence, and history of the decisions by STF, Brazil’s Supreme Court. Today’s essay...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In Part I of this piece, the Curmudgeon explained the historical context of Article 5-LVII of the Constitution. In Part II, he asks the following question: “At what point in criminal...
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter BRASILIA, BRAZIL - On Tuesday, March 6th, a panel of five ministros (judges) of Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice (STJ) unanimously rejected the preventive habeas corpus petition of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the Curmudgeon mused slightly less than twelve months ago, “O tempora! O mores!” (“Oh the times! Oh the customs!”) was the tag line for a speech by Cicero in the...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week, the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) is considering the arcane topic of whether a state legislature has the power to veto a court order to jail a member of that...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last week, Rio State Assembly (“ALERJ”) voted, 39 to 19, to release three of its officers from jail, where they had been sent by a unanimous vote of the Federal Appeals...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Wednesday, August 2nd, the Chamber of Deputies will take a roll call vote of its members to determine whether the STF should be allowed to try President Temer while he...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Congress in Brazil signed into effect on Tuesday, Constitutional Amendment 96, which authorizes the practice of vaquejada and rodeos in the country, determining that sporting practices and cultural manifestations with...
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