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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The president of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), Judge Laurita Vaz, denied on Wednesday (July 11th), in a single swoop of the pen, 143 habeas corpus asking for the release of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, filed by third parties since Sunday. Judge Vaz criticized the petitions, which were all identical, as having ‘no adequate legal substance’ but rather merely acts of protest.

"The Judiciary can not be used as a booth for claims or manifestations of political or ideological-partisan nature. This is not their . . .

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