Opinion: Brazil’s Corrupt “Esprit de Corps”

What this posture means, in practice, is that the class of people who are legislators are above the law.

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 Court (“TRF”).

TRF had approved charges brought by Lava-Jato prosecutors, accusing the ALERJ officers of leading an ongoing conspiracy to cover up corrupt practices during the past ten years or more.

ALERJ based its decision on a case decided last month by STF, Brazil’s Supreme Court, involving the imprisonment of Senator Aécio Neves, likewise accused of engaging in . . .

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