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Chief Justice: Bolsonaro committed impeachable offenses. Speaker lets it slide

With Brazil waiting for them to act, the Chief Justice and the House Speaker met expectations: one was firm, the other servile

Chief Justice Luiz Fux
Chief Justice Luiz Fux: “This Supreme Court will stand.” Photo: Fellipe Sampaio/SCO/STF

In the aftermath of the September 7 anti-democratic protests led by President Jair Bolsonaro, the political class was left on tenterhooks for a response from the heads of other branches of government. Yesterday, Mr. Bolsonaro said he would no longer respect rulings by Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes, who oversees multiple cases which could directly affect the president and his family.

When opening today’s Supreme Court sitting, Chief Justice Luiz Fux delivered a harsh address — almost daring Jair Bolsonaro to fulfill his promise. “If contempt for judicial decisions comes from the head of a branch of government,...

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