Saturday, September 17, 2011

First thing we do, let's kill Lady Justice

God save your majesty!

I thank you, good people—there shall be no money; all shall eat and drink on my score, and I will apparel them all in one livery, that they may agree like brothers, and worship me their lord.

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

Nay, that I mean to do.
Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2, 71–78

Brazil judge Patricia Acioli shot dead in Niteroi
A Brazilian judge renowned for her work against organised crime has been shot dead in Rio de Janeiro State.

Patricia Acioli was gunned down outside her home in the city of Niteroi late on Thursday by masked men travelling on two motorbikes, officials said.

She was best known for convicting members of vigilante gangs and corrupt police officers.

Brazil officers held in judge's death
Three military police officers have been ordered held as suspects in last month's killing of a Rio de Janeiro judge who had been investigating police links to organized crime, authorities said Monday.

The three officers, who had already been arrested in connection with an earlier killing of an 18-year-old slum resident, were members of a special tactical police battalion in the community of Sao Goncalo outside of Rio.

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Rio Reacts to Murder of Judge Patrícia Acioli
Judge Acioli is one of three judges executed in Brazil in the past eight years for their investigations into organized crime. A task force formed by three judges will take over Judge Acioli’s cases.

Over the past ten years, Criminal Judge Acioli was known for taking a tough stand against militia members, death squads and corrupt police officials. She was responsible for the arrest of some 60 officers linked to militias.

Hours before she was murdered, she had ordered the arrest of eight police officers suspected of killing a young woman in a favela in Sao Gonçalo, a municipality of Niterói. All eight officers have been arrested and placed in custody.

Reports show the bullets that killed Jugde Acioli came from .40 and .45 caliber pistols, weapons restricted to the Armed Forces and Civil and Military Police. Family members said that Judge Acioli had received several death threats and requested, but failed to receive, police protection. Several press outlets report that Acioli’s name appeared on a Black List marked for death, found on militia leader Wanderson Silva Tavares, known as Gordinho (Fatty), who was arrested in January this year.

Chief Justice Peluso asked for immediate action by the Federal Police. “On behalf of the Supreme Court, the National Council of Justice and the Judiciary, [I] repudiate the brutal murder of Judge [Acioli]. Cowardly crimes against magistrates are attacks on judicial Independence, rule of law and democracy in Brazil,” he said in a statement.

Hattip: Fearless About Jailing Rogue Police, Brazil Judge Was Slain in Hail of Police-Issue Bullets



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