Brazil Judge Who Jailed Minor Girl with 30 Men Forced to Retire, with Full Benefits

    Brazilian judge Clarice Maria de Andrade

    Brazilian judge Clarice Maria de AndradeThe National Justice Council (Conselho Nacional de Justiça – CNJ), Brazil’s judicial watchdog, has ordered the removal of a judge in the state of Pará. In 2007, the judge, Clarice Maria de Andrade, kept a female adolescent in a prison cell with thirty men for 26 days.

    An investigation of the case by the CNJ found that Ms Andrade had visited the prison three days before sending the adolescent to jail there for attempted theft, a crime that under Brazilian jurisprudence does not automatically mean jail time.

    At the time of her visit, the judge would have been able to see that the prison did not provide separate accommodations for male and female inmates, according to the CNJ report on its investigation.

    There are aggravating circumstances in this case. It turns out that when judge Andrade was informed by the police that the minor (she was 16 years old) was in danger, judge Andrade signed a document ordering the girl’s transfer, antedating it so as to cover up her negligence. 

    The CNJ report says the case is so grave as to make it impossible for the judge to continue being a judge.

    And what punishment does the CNJ hand out to a judge who put a young girl in a cell with a bunch of male criminals and then tried to hide her error? Compulsory retirement. Clarice Maria de Andrade will be retired with retirement benefits proportional to the time she was a judge.

    However, state government attorneys (Ministério Público do Pará) are reported to be studying the possibility of a civil lawsuit against the judge. If that is successful, Clarice Maria de Andrade would be formally expelled from her position in the judicial system, losing her job and her retirement benefits.

    The state of Pará, where this occurred, is also the state where the American nun, Dorothy Stang, was murdered five years ago. The Pará judicial system took five years to put three of the murderers and one of the farmer/landowner masterminds behind Stang’s killing behind bars. The other farmer/landowner mastermind is still awaiting trial.



    • Show Comments (6)

    • II

      Devil judge . Just die.

    • Mertin

      Brazilian Justice Only Works for the Rich?
      I have heard many say that but I haven’t seen it to be the case.

      The problem with Brazilian justice is that justice can be avoided by lengthening the case until costs become prohibitive or time to prosecute runs out. That affects rich people too.

      Brazilian justice only serves those criminals who have stolen enough to pay their lawyers until the statute of limitations takes effect.

      The honest of all incomes are not protected.

    • Andrade

      [quote]I am thoroughly rebuked to find it was a woman judge…and if possibly more disgusted by the judges behavior.[/quote]

      Do you think that only men judges are capable of abusing their authority? Here is a gem for you. In this instance it is a High Court judge and a WOMAN:


    • Lloyd Cata

      I had many months wrongly ‘assumed’ that the judge was male. I am thoroughly rebuked to find it was a woman judge…and if possibly more disgusted by the judges behavior. I simply do not have the words….

    • Lucinda

      What a disgrace! The Brazilian Justice System – a joke! Works only for the elites and rich.

    • jeanne Erling

      Wouldn’t you have to be a total moron to put a girl in jail with men?! She obviously didn’t care because if she is a judge she cannot be that unintelligent or clueless. Maybe she should stay in that same jail as her sentence?

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