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The Curmudgeon on Vigilantes

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian laws do not countenance the death penalty, for any crimes. Nor does Brazilian law permit jail without possibility of parole. Both the death penalty and life without parole are regarded as cruel and unusual punishment. Brazilian police, on the other hand, firmly believe in the death penalty.

There are cases where police have running gun battles with criminals, in which one or more of the bandidos is wounded, put into a squad car and driven off to the hospital—but somehow, most of these bandidos are DOA—dead on arrival, having . . .

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