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Opinion: The End of Brazil’s Lava Jato?

Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last week, by 3-2 decisions, the 2nd Panel of the STF granted habeas corpus petitions and released from prison three prominent defendants in Lava Jato cases; all of them were closely connected to former President Lula.

The principal dissenter in this decision was Justice Fachin, who had originally denied the habeas corpus petitions.

Shortly thereafter, Fachin denied an identical habeas corpus petition from another prominent accused — Antonio Palocci — who had been Lula’s chief of staff.

But, rather than refer his decision up to the Panel where he’d been overruled . . .

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