Brazil Rules Convicted Criminals go to Prison After First Appeal

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Supreme Court (STF) in Brazil ruled this week that convicted criminals who have lost their first appeal should be remanded to prison to await further appeals. Until today those convicted were allowed to remain free, in many cases for many years, until all their appeals were heard.

By seven votes to four the Supreme Court Justices ruled that as soon as a convicted criminal loses his very first appeal, he would have to start serving his sentence, even if he plans to appeal to higher courts. Famous for its . . .

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