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Fachin struggles to show he chose the political side

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Ministro Edson Fachin, atual presidente do TSE

(J. R. Guzzopublished in the newspaper State of Sao Paulo July 27, 2022)

Minister Edson Fachin of the STF currently holds the presidency of the TSE, the service that controls elections and the counting of votes in Brazil, a function that requires the most obvious impartiality on the part of those who carry it out, especially today, when there is a heated and public discussion about the security of the Brazilian electoral system. Here, correct behavior alone is not enough: voters must believe with 100% certainty that it is indeed correct, and that the referees of the game do not favor or oppose either side on the field. This is the beginning, middle and end of the problem with Minister Faschen: he does his best by his official actions to give the impression that he is not impartial.

Fashin was a lawyer for MST, an extremist left-wing organization that openly defends the practice of crime – trespassing, assaulting people, destroying property, and so on. He was an activist in the election campaign of Dilma Rousseff, from whom he won a seat in the STF. He made one of the most extravagant decisions in the history of Brazilian justice – he annulled, without mention of evidence or guilt of the defendant, four criminal cases against former President Lula, including his conviction for crimes of corruption and money laundering, in three instances and nine different magistrates. It was that decision, and that alone, that made Lula’s candidacy in this election possible.

In fact, with such a list, Faschen would have to make a double effort to show the public that his political leanings would have nothing to do with his playing in the elections next October. But he does just the opposite. It makes a double effort, yes, only that effort is to make people believe that they support Lulu. His last campaign manifesto was to be received in his office members of the group of lawyers “Prerogatives”, who actively campaigns for the candidacy of the former president with public statements and money; for it has already been celebrated, and one of its most prominent members is the author of the doctrine, according to which it is not necessary to punish for “already” committed crimes. In expounding this principle, he had in mind the crimes of Lula.

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The minister, in his speech to lawyers, stated that TSE he will not tolerate “electoral denial”; Since the only denier in Brazil, according to the mass preaching of his opponents, is the President of the Republic, it became clear which side the current head of the TSE is on in the election campaign for the presidency. Fashin said he was not embarrassed by “threats and intimidation” and declared himself a “judge”. Real judges don’t go to rallies like visiting lawyers do; they speak only on the case file and do not meet with any of the parties to the case before them in court. This is the opposite of what a minister does.

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FBI search causes political storm and could speed up Trump’s re-election

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FBI search causes political storm and could speed up Trump's re-election

Hours after it was revealed that the FBI raided his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, Donald Trump posted a campaign video on his Pravda social network, fueling rumors that he was preparing to announce his re-election to the presidency.

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Donald Trump says he is a “victim” of the FBI. Republicans talk about political attack

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Donald Trump says he is a "victim" of the FBI.  Republicans talk about political attack

Donald Trump says he is a “victim” of the FBI. Republicans talk about political attack

After the FBI ransacked the home of the former President of the United States, early Monday morning Donald Trump, several family members and members of the Republican Party point to illegal police actions and “political persecution.”

“After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home is inappropriate,” Donald Trump said in a statement, accusing Democratic rivals of using the U.S. Department of Justice as a weapon to stop him from doing so. run in the 2024 presidential election.

The children of the former president also spoke out in favor of Trump. Eric and Donald Junior say the FBI’s investigation is worthy of a “third world country” and a “banana republic.”

Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes in a conspiracy against a businessman and political leader: “Overt politicization of the DOJ/FBI is shameful. The Attorney General must explain why these searches delayed justice for 250 years.”

Rep. Ronnie Jackson even says the FBI has “officially become an enemy of the people.”

The FBI is led by Christopher Ray, who was appointed by Donald Trump in 2017. Officially, investigators have not yet commented on the searches, but US media sources indicate that Donald Trump could have taken confidential documents from the White House without permission.

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On political crime and criminal policy – 08.08.2022 – Opinion

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On political crime and criminal policy - 08.08.2022 - Opinion

The escalation of violence that has engulfed the political arena has taken another victim. The birthday party, which had former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) as its theme, ended tragically after a political antagonist intruded and fired a gun, killing the birthday boy. A police spokesman in the case said it was not a political crime.

And how is a murder with a clearly political motive not a political crime? Sometimes there are such things in the law: it has its own logic. This “magic” created by the codes is not always pleasant, but this time we must give a justification to the law.

Attributing a crime to a political one is not limited only to the motivation of the perpetrator, but also to the actual or potential consequences of the action. Thus, it takes a crime to endanger national sovereignty, democracy, territorial integrity, or the head of any of the Union powers. The gruesome murder may have been politically motivated, but the perpetrator’s intended consequences were limited to the party and its members.

There is no rule relating exclusively to political motivation; thus, this type of motivation corresponds to the concept of abomination, which, in the language of criminal law, is a particularly heinous and heinous crime. Since murder qualifies as hooliganism, the crime is punished more severely. Thus, there is no political crime, but there is a crime in politics.

Besides the issue of the infamous crime in politics, there is another dimension, much more complex, that deserves attention: the politics of crime.

The aggressor was reportedly traveling with his wife and child when he fell out with his political opponents. He left them both safely and returned for a rematch. From the killer’s point of view, he was definitely not a killer, but a patriot or some sort of hero against a villain.

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The Manichaean understanding of life, projected into politics, allows for family conflicts, broken friendships, and even marriages, which have been widely reported. Exposing yourself as the bearer of absolute truth allows you to confront the enemy as a hero who must defeat the villain. This kind of absolute contraction is characteristic of religions whose dogmas are guided by love, mercy and tolerance.

Politics, on the other hand, has other dogmas, as it is a stage for disputes over power and ideas. Presenting oneself as the holder of sacred truth outside the religious scene is usually the fuel for the generality of historical atrocities. The politics of crime is born only in the absence of minimum cultural and educational standards, replacing persuasion with knowledge.

There is no other way to suppress criminal politics than to reconsider one’s own convictions, to make room for listening to the opinions of others, no matter how much one wants to convince the other of one’s opinions. In politics, as in science, belief is the worst enemy of consensus, and without a minimum of consensus, there is no nation, only a handful of people shooting at each other.

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