Opinion: Brazil’s Politicized Judiciary

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Curmudgeon opined yesterday that STF Justice Teori’s early morning order excluding Eduardo Cunha from his seat in the Chamber of Deputies was “extraordinary”. Later in the day, as expected, the STF unanimously affirmed that absolutely unprecedented and exotic order.

The STF judgment has the same procedural effect as the impeachment of a President, because it makes the defendant step down from the position to which he was elected by the people, until a trial is held. In the case of formal impeachment, there is express constitutional support for this drastic . . .

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