Opinion: What Brazil’s Crusading Judge Moro Fears

Judge Moro knows that the rich and powerful criminals he and his fellow judges have convicted will use every possible appeal available under Brazilian law.

Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Monday night, Judge Sergio Moro was interviewed on TV Cultura, and explained why he fears the upcoming STF decision on the constitutionality of sentencing after convictions have been affirmed by a federal Appellate Court.

He fears impunity, Italian style.

Judge Moro has always acknowledged he based his Lava Jato crusade on Italy’s “Mani pulite” (“clean hands”) campaign which made headlines in the 1990’s. He also knows that, two decades later, rich and powerful corrupt . . .

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