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Court in Rio to Adopt “Faceless Judges” to Combat Death Threats

By Dorah Feliciano, Contributing Reporter

BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – With over twenty judges threatened with death and living under police protection, the Rio de Janeiro State Court (TJ-RJ) is adopting extreme measures: it is discussing the creation of a special circuit court to prosecute cases involving corruption, drug trafficking, money laundering, organized crime, and paramilitary groups.

The circuit court would have a group of "faceless judges" prosecuting the cases, instead of a single magistrate overlooking a specific case.

The idea of "faceless judges", say Rio officials was inspired by Italy's judiciary, who acted similarly in cases involving the Mafia . . .

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