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Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last weekend, after Brazil’s “Seleção” crashed out of the World Cup, its judiciary staged an embarrassing demonstration of how politics has usurped the Judicial Branch of government.  Worse, it is another...
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, 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 – Yesterday a three-judge panel of the Federal Court of Appeals (TRF) in Porto Alegre unanimously confirmed the lower court decision that convicted former President Lula of corruption and money laundering and...
Opinion by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Tomorrow a three-judge panel of the Federal Court of Appeals (TRF) in Porto Alegre will decide whether to confirm, modify or overturn the lower court decision by Judge Sergio Moro that...
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