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 . . .