Analysis: How Justice Celso de Mello’s Early Retirement Can Influence His Succession

The Justice has anticipated his retirement by three weeks, in a decision that may prevent President Bolsonaro from selecting who may investigate him in the Federal Police inquiry.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Those who today see Justice Celso de Mello advising his younger peers or sending messages to the country's top authorities assume he is doing so because he is the doyen - the oldest member - of the Supreme Court. The voice of experience.

But the role of "advisor" has followed him throughout his career. In the 1970s, newly sworn in as a prosecutor in the interior of São Paulo, it was common for him to assist his sister, Maria Aparecida de Almeida Mello, eleven years older, and her colleagues in the state Prosecutor's Office. They . . .

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