Brazil’s judges in corruption row

A major row has broken out among Brazil’s judiciary over a corruption probe that has seen a businessman arrested and freed twice in two days. Each time, prominent businessman Daniel Dantas was ordered released by the president of Brazil’s Supreme Court.

At least 130 members of the judiciary have signed a letter in support of the judge who ordered both arrests and who is himself now under investigation.

The Supreme Court chief said there was not enough evidence for the arrests.

The original police investigation is continuing, but of the 17 people arrested earlier in the week only one is still in custody.

So, which is it?

Corruption in the police departments? That usually means non-arrests. Corruption in the judiciary? That often looks just like what has happened.

BTW – looking around the Web, it appears this guy is accused of costing CitiGroup $300 million from shady dealings!

Supreme Court Justice is among victims in data breach

Sometime late last year, an employee of a McLean investment firm decided to trade some music, or maybe a movie, with like-minded users of the online file-sharing network LimeWire while using a company computer. In doing so, he inadvertently opened the private files of his firm, Wagner Resource Group, to the public.

That exposed the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of about 2,000 of the firm’s clients, including a number of high-powered lawyers and Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer

“To me, this was devastating,” said Phylyp Wagner, founder of the investment firm. “I didn’t even know what peer-to-peer was. I do now.”

Wagner said his company has contracted with FirstAdvantage of Poway, Calif., which last week sent out letters notifying affected clients of the breach and offering each six months of free credit-report monitoring. He emphasized that the peer-to-peer disclosure never endangered his clients’ financial records, which are stored by a separate company. But that may be small consolation to several lawyers on the list who said they recently experienced unexplained financial activity.

“This may explain why two weeks ago I got a $9,000 cellphone bill from AT&T,” said Steven Agresta, a partner with the law firm Alston & Bird. Someone had opened a phone account using his date of birth and Social Security number, but with a different address.

Golly. I thought that living in a nation protected by the Department of Homeland Security meant we’re all safe and sound. Eh?