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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...
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...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the Curmudgeon writes this, it is less than a day since the STF decided, 6-5, to deny a motion for habeas corpus filed by former President Lula, which would have...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Thursday, March 22nd Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) held a vote on a petition for habeas corpus filed by former President Lula. The close vote (6-5) technically only frees Lula from...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO - Previous segments of this abstruse essay have dealt with the unusual nature of Brazil’s constitutional provision on presumption of innocence, and history of the decisions by STF, Brazil’s Supreme Court. Today’s essay...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In Part I of this piece, the Curmudgeon explained the historical context of Article 5-LVII of the Constitution. In Part II, he asks the following question: “At what point in criminal...
By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter BRASILIA, BRAZIL - On Tuesday, March 6th, a panel of five ministros (judges) of Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice (STJ) unanimously rejected the preventive habeas corpus petition of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the Curmudgeon mused slightly less than twelve months ago, “O tempora! O mores!” (“Oh the times! Oh the customs!”) was the tag line for a speech by Cicero in the...
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