Opinion, by Michael Royster
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the little noted features of the “Lava-Jato” scandal has been the influence of US law. This influence affects not only the investigations, but perhaps also the future of public works in Brazil. The Curmudgeon will explain.
“Plea bargaining”, where one criminal “blows the whistle” on others in exchange for a reduced sentence has long been a useful tool in U.S. criminal prosecutions. It was rarely used in Brazil, but has now become the principal . . .