A majority of Brazil’s Supreme Court rejected a request by lawyers for Michel Temer to suspend the criminal charges filed against him, a decision which may actually benefit the president by paving the way for a swift resolution to the case.
The bulk of the court’s 11 judges voted to throw out the defense’s argument on Wednesday, before the session came to a close. After the tribunal finishes its deliberations, the charges will move to the lower house of Congress. Temer needs the support of one third of the Chamber of Deputies to block the case from going to trial at the Supreme Court. Most analysts expect him to secure the necessary votes, as he did in August following another corruption charge.