Moro Was Not Impartial to Lula, Says Supreme Court

Change of Cármen Lúcia vote seals decision of the Second Panel of the court, which applies only to triplex case


The Supreme Federal Court ruled that then-judge Sergio Moro was not impartial in the lawsuit in which former President Lula (PT) was convicted of passive corruption and money laundering in the case of the Guarujá (SP) triplex.

By 3 votes to 2, the Second Panel of the Supreme Court upheld the habeas corpus in which the PT's defense requested the declaration of Moro's suspicion and decided to overturn the conviction—all acts of the former judge are null and void.

Ex-judge Sergio Moro Foto: AFP

The decision came after a change of vote by Justice Cármen Lúcia, who had been against the suspicion in December 2018. Gilmar Mendes and Ricardo Lewandowski were the other two members who voted against Moro.

The defeated votes were those of justices Kassio Nunes Marques and Edson Fachin.

Although the decision is valid only in the case of the triplex, supporters of the Car Wash operation fear that it will pave the way for several lawsuits.

Lawyers for other investigators are already preparing to submit requests similar to Lula's.

As of this writing, ex-judge Sergio Moro has not commented on the vote.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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