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Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the Curmudgeon writes this, it is less than a day since the STF decided, 6-5, to deny a motion for habeas corpus filed by former President Lula, which would have prevented him from beginning to serve his sentence after his conviction was affirmed by the TRF.

STF Presiding Justice Cármen Lúcia, maintaining her position that the constitutional presumption of innocence does not prohibit the incarceration of convicted criminals once the initial sentence has been affirmed, Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?