Jair Bolsonaro’s New Supreme Court Judge

It is time for President Jair Bolsonaro to nominate someone for the vacancy that Minister Celso de Mello left on October 13 in the Supreme Court. Celso de Mello was the dean of the class and he anticipated his retirement. Thus, while Donald Trump appointed Amy Coney Barrett to fill a vacancy in the American Supreme Court, Bolsonaro appointed the judge of Teresina, capital of the state of Piauí located in northeastern Brazil. Currently Kássio Nunes Marques is judge of the Federal Regional Court of the 1st Region (FRC-1). But Bolsonaro’s supporters didn’t like his nomination and there was a real war on social media after the president’s announcement. Bolsonaro declared his nomination, leaving the name of Kássio in the official diary of the union on the morning of October 12th.

Bolsonaro, on his Facebook live, debated criticism of his nomination after his own supporters said Kassio and his wife were linked to the workers’ party. Bolsonaro’s supporters expected him to indicate in the opinion of two other candidates that they would be closer to the conservative agenda. These two candidates are the lawyer and jurist Ives Granda Martins, and the lawyer and a federal judge of the Federal Regional Court of the second region (FRC-2) Marcelo Bretas.

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These two candidates have a better relationship with conservatism and Bolsonaro’s campaign guidelines and promises. Ives Granda Martins was a lawyer and professor of economic and constitutional law at Mackenzie University from (1980-1992), received the title of professor emeritus at that university in 1990 and was dean and professor at the University Extension Center. In 2011, he received the title of doctor honoris causa from the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUC-PR) Marcelo Bretas. Since 2015, he has been at the 7th Federal Criminal Court of Rio de Janeiro, which has jurisdiction to judge cases involving crimes against the national financial system and laundering or concealment of assets. He has gained notoriety in the judgment of cases related to Operation Car Wash in Rio de Janeiro.

Bolsonaro said last week that Kássio is fully aligned with him on his conservative agendas. Kássio, according to Bolsonaro, would be a pro-weapons against abortion and information began to appear on the internet that Kassio had lied. The academic curriculum presented by Judge Kassio Nunes Marques, which brings a postgraduate course that is unconfirmed by the Universidad de La Coruña, from Spain. In the last few days, in the document he sent to the Federal Regional Court of the First Region (FRC-1), Marques mentioned that he completed his postgraduate studies in “Contratación Pública,” by Universidad de La Coruña, which does not offer any postgraduate courses in this course. That would be one more reason for anyone who disapproves of his nomination.

Recently, Carlos Decotelli occupied the position in the ministry of education, but he also lied about doing postdoctoral studies at the University of Wuppertal, in Germany. After the rejection, Decotelli himself resigned. Kássio’s hearing was scheduled for October 21, where we would know whether the Senate will accept him or not. Even so, we hope that whoever takes the position will be conservative.

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Augusto Oliveira
Augusto Oliveira
Augusto Oliveira is a writer and Brazil correspondent for NRN and a contributor to NRN+ Magazine. Residing in Brazil, he's a recent civil engineering graduate who enjoys reading, writing, and editing videos.