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Brazil’s Supreme Court: a trial machine

Brazil's Supreme Court. Photo: Nelson Jr/STF
Brazil’s Supreme Court. Photo: Nelson Jr/STF
Brazil's Supreme Court. Photo: Nelson Jr/STF
Brazil’s Supreme Court. Photo: Nelson Jr/STF

In April 2005, Carlos Velloso ruled on one of the strangest cases he can remember. In his decades-long career, Velloso had served on some of Brazil’s most important courts before arriving to the Supreme Court in 1990. And yet, despite his weighty title of Supreme Court Justice, he had to rule on the man...

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