Negotiations between President Bolsonaro and the ministers of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to choose the nominees for the two vacancies of ministers of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) show that Brazilian justice is taken over by politics.
As revealed by UOL columnist Juliana Dal Piva, Nunes Marques, from the STF, put his foot down and managed to veto the name preferred by Bolsonaro for one of the vacancies, judge Ney Bello, from the TRF-1 (Federal Regional Court of the 1st Region).
Bello also had the support of Gilmar Mendes and the Bolsonaro family lawyer, Frederick Wassef. But the pressure from Nunes Marques spoke louder and Bolsonaro nominated Paulo Sérgio Domingues from the TRF-3, who had the support of another STF minister, Dias Toffoli.
And why was Nunes Marques able to bend Bolsonaro? Because the president is weak, he no longer has as much expectation of being reelected as he once had. And Nunes Marques has shown himself to be the most faithful minister to Bolsonaro.
If the president lost the support of the minister, he would lose a vote that could be decisive, if Bolsonaro is not reelected and suffers as many processes as it is believed he will suffer outside the government.
The other vacancy went to Azulay Neto, from the TRF-2, who would have the support of Bolsonaro’s children, the center and Wassef. That is, also for political reasons.
STF ministers try to appoint members of courts that are lower on the scale of the Judiciary to simply increase their powers of influence. And the names need support from political parties because they will be submitted for congressional approval.
In the case of these vacancies, Bello also had support from the center. It remains to be seen whether, because of this, the nominee Domingues will lose support during the hearing he will be submitted to in the Senate.
Due to this mixture of interests, Justice became more and more intertwined in politics. With Mensalão and Lava Jato, the mix ended up turning the country upside down.
The result is that the Judiciary has become as guilty as the Executive and the Legislative for the economic, political and moral crisis that the country is experiencing at the moment.