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Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon, whose daytime job involves laws rather than public health, today wishes to proclaim that this week, Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) has taken a major step towards reducing impunity in Brazil. In a controversial landmark 7-4 decision, the STF decided that criminals who have been convicted by a lower court, and who have had that conviction confirmed by an appellate court, must go to jail and begin serving their sentence.

If you’re used to the anglo-american system of justice, you’re probably wondering why this is controversial . . .

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