By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – On Tuesday (October 17th) the Senate in Brazil overturned by 44 votes to 26 a Supreme Court decision that suspended Senator Aecio Neves from his legislative seat. The decision comes after a week of tension between Brazil’s Highest Court and the Senate, as senators accused Justices of meddling into legislative affairs.
“The decision reinstated essential principles of a Democratic State, guaranteeing both the full representation of the people and due process of law, assuring the senator the opportunity to present his defense and fully prove in court his innocence . . .