Brazil’s Supreme Court Message: We’d Better Learn to Live with Corruption

Brazil's AMB president, Mozart Valadares

Brazil's AMB president, Mozart Valadares Just when the AMB (Brazilian Magistrate Association) thought that Brazil has finally decided to tackle down corruption, they had another surprise coming. Brazil STF (Supreme Federal Court) has decided not to prevent candidates listed on the "corruption dirty list" from taking part in this year's October municipal elections.

The Supreme Federal Court will only analyze the matter upon returning from their July recess. The STF's argument is simple: Being investigated for corruption does not disqualify anyone from being a political candidate.

Regardless of that, rumors have it that the Supreme court seems already convinced that nothing can really be done. According to Mozart Valadares, AMB president, the judicial system should be working in accordance with real ethical and moral standards:

"The Judiciary system should protect those who abide by the law, not those ones who make use of its resources and formalisms," stated AMB's president.

An article published by daily newspaper Folha de S. Paulo indicated that, if the law were approved, many candidates already condemned by the justice for corruption practice, including homicides, would not be allowed to be candidates in the coming election.

If this was not enough, Senator Jarbas Vasconcellos reported that even if the voting were to take place, it would more likely not be approved since the majority of congressmen are not coming to parliamentary sessions. "We cannot approve this law under such pressure, I cannot accept that," stated Senator Vasconcellos. "I have no lawsuit against me," he added.

While reluctance surrounds the issue and Brazilian congressmen don't seem that worried, a few members of congress are still fighting to move the issue ahead. This is the case of Deputy Demóstenes Torres, from Goiás: "Our goal right now should be the application of more severe measures, before municipal elections take place," he defended.

Debates apart, the file will more than likely remain closed, as the president of CCJ (Constitution and Justice Commission of the Senate), Deputy Marco Maciel has already decided there will be no way congressmen will make any rush decision on the matter.

The AMB President is still hopeful that the STF will reconsider and will adopt a preliminary decision to allow the justice system to impugn against corrupt candidates. "I hope that the STF will revise their decision, once they are able to analyze extremely severe cases, including already established legal decisions".

The decision by the STF has shocked Brazil. Just two weeks ago, mayors of several cities in the country have been accused of corruption involving the PAC (Growth Acceleration Program), a federal project. While fighting against inflation Brazil has also to keep an eye on another monster: corruption. The happy ending is still uncertain.

Edison Bernardo DeSouza is a journalist, having graduated from the  Pontifical Catholic University in São Paulo, Brazil. He lived in the US and Canada for close to 10 years and participated in volunteering activities in social works agencies. DeSouza currently lives in São Paulo where he teaches English as a Second Language, and is pursuing further advancements in his career. He is particularly interested in economics and human rights articles.

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  • forrest allen brown

    goverment by the people
    remember that one

    all persons in the US ,brasil , and any other country
    needs to stop what ever they are doing for one day
    dont do business close every thing to show the goverment
    the people have the power and are willing to use it

    naa
    just shoot them all and start all over
    the new ones will remember what happend to the last and will do better

  • dnbaiacu

    Observation
    Brazil doesn’t have a culture of protest. It is like the people lay down and take anything. Completely passive. Will a native please explain just WHY that is? I think I may have a strong clue. But I will refrain from vocalizing it at this point.
    Can it be that people just LIKE the status quo? Or IS it the corruption that keeps the “privleged” percentage of the population with what they have.? That’s an obvious no brainer.
    And the outright poor don’t have the time or education to “protest”.
    It is articles like these. News like this. That just make you want to scream , cry, or punch a hole in the wall. How can a country expect to be respected and taken seriously with ideology like this? At LEAST psyche the populace into pretending that justice can prevail at some point. But attitudes like this send a strong wrong message.
    Unfortunately the same type of message , but on a more subtle scale is happening in the States.
    Maybe this is the new system on a global level
    Message.. “We are running things the way we want to,. Live with it!”

  • dnbaiacu

    This IS pathetic
    Now as if it isn’t enough to know that government is and always will be corrupt anyway.
    [quote]rumors have it that the Supreme court seems already convinced that nothing can really be done[/quote]

    At least be political about it! PRETEND as if something can be done about it.
    Yet another “sign of the times” 🙁

  • forrest allen brown

    you poor people
    RIP BRAZIL 1
    1
    11111111111
    1
    1
    1
    1
    1

    now we see the real justice in brasil ,
    you just have to be a bigger crook than the others around you
    and then you will be the president of all the crooks

  • ch.c.

    Furthermore……
    – this explains why politicians get automatically a total….IMPUNITY !
    – Corruptions investigations never ends up with results. Reports are either not done or filed or better yet……LOST !!!
    – And your Supreme Court of INjustice members are of course…….as corrupted as the ones they PROTECT…and chosen by HIS Highness….Bin the Crook !!!!! Not surprising that no proof was found against his Higness during the vote buying scandal ! And supposing the votes are no longer negotiated with cash…..is only what the gangs expect you to believe.

  • ch.c.

    Hey Hey !!!!!!!
    Now the Brazilian Supreme Court of INjustice……admits THEY ARE NOT AGAINST CORRUPTION !!!!!

    Viva Brazil, a country where KNOWN crooks are legally allowed to be elected….by the Brazilians idiots….and blessed by the Supreme Court of INjustice !!!!!!

    And as they say : WHO CARES !!!! One has to be elected and since everyone is corrupted….he idiots will automatically elect….A CROOK !!!!!!

    Viva Brazil and their Tropical Mud

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