Opinion: Brazil’s Unique “Presumption of Innocence” Part III

Lula is openly running for President; and according to all polls, he is the front-runner by a very large margin over other candidates.

Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO - Previous segments of this abstruse essay have dealt with the unusual nature of Brazil’s constitutional provision on presumption of innocence, and history of the decisions by STF, Brazil’s Supreme Court. Today’s essay will deal with the political reality staring Brazil in the face.

Brazil’s best-known political reality is that crusading Judge Moro convicted former President Lula of corruption, and a three-judge panel of the TRT upheld the conviction. Under current STF case law . . .

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