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Judges in Brazil Battle to Keep, or Release Lula from Jail

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the World Cup behind them, Brazilians watched a judicial battle unfold on Sunday, as a designated, on-duty weekend federal judge, Rogerio Favreto, agreed to a habeas corpus request and ordered the release of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The decision was immediately criticized by another judge, Sergio Moro, one of the main judges in the Lava Jato (Carwash) corruption scandal.

"With all due respect, the federal judge [Rogério Favreto], has absolutely no authority to override the decision of the 8th Panel of the Federal Regional . . .

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