Few candidates in the October elections have accumulated as many political setbacks as former judge Sergio moro. He was the target of successive boycotts in Podemos, his former party, came into the sights of the Federal Audit Court (TCU) on suspicion of conflict of interests when he worked in the private sector, changed his party to try to make himself politically viable, gave up Presidency of the Republic and lost the right to run for an elective office in São Paulo. But none of these episodes currently cause as much seizure Moro about the fear of, in the electoral campaign, having to pay damages for more aggressive speeches.
It is because of the risk of being financially targeted, say interlocutors, that the former Minister of Justice does not raise his tone as he would like against figures such as the former president. Squid and the Minister of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) Gilmar Mendes, assiduous critics of Lava-Jato. Without a big financial cushion or the shield of parliamentary immunity, for example, he fears being condemned to indemnify public figures if, as his supporters defend, he adopts a more crass tone in his demonstrations.
Sergio Moro’s reluctance to go after the STF, for example, became the subject of a recent meeting, in Brasília, of former members of Lava Jato with Podemos. The party, by the way, knows as few others the fear of the ex-judge of being financially helpless. When he joined the legend, Moro signed a contract to receive, for five years, 22,000 reais a month from the acronym – less than six months later, he exchanged it for União Brasil.