Brazilian Prosecutors: Crossing the Line?


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By Fabio Kerche*

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Brazil’s Federal Prosecutors – treated as heroes by parts of Brazilian society and the mainstream press – have become so powerful and aggressive that they face growing allegations of violating some civil and political rights. The Lava Jato(Car Wash) investigation that helped bring down President Dilma Rousseff is notthe first time that prosecutors have been in the spotlight; they are often easier to find in newspapers political section than among crime news. For instance, during the 1990s State Prosecutors sued hundreds of mayors and became protagonists in theMensalão, a campaign finance scandal during theadministration of President Lula da Silva. But their activities have never been as intense as recently, leading to the unprecedented “judicialization” of politics, a term that political scientists use to refer…

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