The Long Arm of the Law

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Law is not always boring, and the past week has brought (mostly) good news on the legal front in Brazil and in Rio de Janeiro. The Curmudgeon reports below on the good news and the bad, in reverse chronological order.

Today, November 9th, the ten Supreme Court Justices will, by a close majority (some say six to four) decide that the “Ficha Limpa” (or “Clean Rap Sheet”) Law, passed by Congress in 2010, is constitutional and can be applied in the 2012 municipal elections. Last year, the Court struck down applying the . . .

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