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 legislature.
STF analysis will hinge upon a specific question of Brazilian constitutional law: whether state and municipal legislatures are entitled to the same veto right as the STF recently granted the federal Congress.
The Curmudgeon will not treat this specific question, but rather a more philosophical one, namely: Should criminal behavior disqualify someone from (a) being elected to the legislature; or . . .