RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - By 4 votes to 1, Superior Court justices accepted the appeal of Flávio Bolsonaro's defense and overturned all rulings and evidence collected by Judge Flávio Itabaiana of the Rio de Janeiro District Court.
At the time of the events, Flávio Bolsonaro was a state deputy in the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro (ALERJ), therefore the defense argues that since he had legal privileges, his case could not have been handled by a first instance judge.
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