Opinion: Brazil’s Supreme Court Legislates – Badly

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last week Brazil’s Supreme Court spent two days debating the impeachment proceedings initiated in Congress. By Thursday, several different questions had been decided, by differing majorities. Most of the decisions were right; but one is horrendously wrong, as it has virtually emasculated the Chamber of Deputies.

Under Law 1059, the Chamber’s impeachment committee makes a recommendation to the full Chamber. If at least 2/3 of the . . .

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