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Opinion, by Michael Royster SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In 1974, Paraguayan author Augusto Roa Bastos published a novel, whose title in English was “I, the Supreme”.  The book’s central character, a 19th century dictator, refers to himself as “El Supremo”,...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIBERÃO PRETO, SP – When President-elect Bolsonaro announced he would appoint crusading Lava Jato Judge Sergio Moro as his Super-Minister for Justice, the reaction was swift and varied. Almost all of his supporters cheered, while the...
The Toffoli factor, Revisited Opinion, by Michael Royster SÃO PAULO, SP - In April 2018, the Curmudgeon criticized votes by STF Justice Toffoli designed to ensure that corrupt PT politicians, including several of his friends, did not go to jail. Six...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Today, February 21st, Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) will continue discussing and (possibly) voting on an extremely political question: Should “homophobia” and “transphobia” become crimes deemed equivalent to racism under Brazil’s Penal...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Wednesday, December 19th, was the date of the last plenary session of STF - Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court - in 2018. Court watchers all expected a tranquil afternoon: with no meaty...
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...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Just as football was threatening to steal all the headline space from politics, presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro decided to throw a rock in a pond and see where the ripples went. During...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Second Panel of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) voted yesterday (Tuesday, June 19th) for the acquittal of Senator Gleisi Hoffmann (PT-PR) and her husband, the former Planning Minister Paulo...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Curmudgeon, having paused for refreshment, will now deliver on his promise, contained at the end of his last post, to salute the other “Rose among thorns”, STF Presiding Justice Cármen...

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