Luiz Fux takes office as Brazil’s new Supreme Court chief justice at a crucial moment: the country faces what is arguably the biggest political crisis since its return to democracy in 1985; the president who talks about sending troops to shut down the court is more popular than ever; and Brazil is hurtling towards what looks set to be the worst economic crisis in history.
Oh, and then there is that pandemic which is still raging on.
So, what kind of court will Chief Justice Fux lead? That’s what we will try to unpack this week.
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On this episode:
- Benjamin Fogel is a regular contributor to The Brazilian Report, he also writes for Jacobin magazine and Africa is a Country. He is working on a Ph.D. on the history of Brazilian corruption politics at New York University.
- The challenges for Brazil’s new Chief Justice, Luiz Fux.
- Brasília correspondent Débora Álvares reports that President Jair Bolsonaro has threatened military intervention several times, according to sources.
- The Supreme Court-Bolsonaro feud has a new chapter. Tensions rose again after Justice Celso de Mello refused the Solicitor General’s request to allow Mr. Bolsonaro to give a written testimony to defend himself from the allegations of tampering with the Federal Police.
- The chief justice’s powers have been diminished after the pandemic, as the Supreme Court makes a move to “digital justice.”
- Earlier this year, we saw hospitals overburdened due to the pandemic. Brazil’s Justice system could get flooded with bankruptcy requests and labor lawsuits.
- After his own inauguration ceremony, Brazil’s new Supreme Court Chief Justice tested positive for the coronavirus.
- Listen to episode #19: Brazil’s Justice system is a total mess
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