Opinion, by Michael Royster
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - This week, STF Justice Celso de Mello overturned an order to imprison a person who had been convicted of homicide by a first level court, and whose conviction had been affirmed by the Court of Appeals. In doing so, he refused to follow a recent 7-4 decision by the full STF which held that convicted criminals can be jailed after a Court of Appeals decision, even if they are pursuing a further appeal to the highest courts in the land.
Justice de Mello had been a dissenter in the STF decision . . .