Opinion: Crime and Punishment in Brazil

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – About three months ago, the Curmudgeon opined on the question often referred to as the “presumption of innocence”, as interpreted by Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) in a 7-4 decision holding that convicted criminals can be jailed after a Court of Appeals decision, even if they are pursuing further appeals.

The Curmudgeon further noted that there was another case pending at the STF dealing with the same question, and that there was . . .

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