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Opinion: “PEC da Bengala” or, the “Cane Mutiny”

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Curmudgeon will today focus on two closely related topics: (1) how Justices of the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) are appointed; and (2) how they retire.

The appointment process differs from most Brazilian judicial appointments, in that the President is free to nominate whomever she wishes. For other appellate courts, the Constitution sets out a series of complicated rules granting entitlements to federal or . . .

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