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dateline: 16 August 2011

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High Profile Judge Murdered In Brazil

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • high-profile: known well publicly
  • corrupt: dishonest for personal gain
  • behind bars: in jail
  • gang: an organised group that completes violent and illegal acts together
  • hard-line: strict; serious
  • determined: very committed to a goal

High-Profile Judge Murdered in Brazil

A 47-year-old Brazilian judge who was responsible for putting dozens of gang members and corrupt behind bars was murdered on August 12th. Patricia Acioli, a mother of three, had just arrived at her home across the from Rio de Janeiro when her car was shot at more than 16 times by masked men on a pair of motorbikes. Despite receiving several death threats over the years, the high-profile judge did not have police . An investigation by Brazil’s Justice Ministry suggests that close to 100 judges’ are on a “most wanted” death list . With the World Cup and Olympic Games coming to Rio in 2014 and 2016, more efforts are being made to drug gangs and violence. Acioli was known as a hard-line judge who was determined to clean up the police force in Brazil.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where was this judge when she was murdered?
  2. Why does the report mention Brazil’s Justice Ministry?
  3. What was Patricia Acioli known for?

Discussion Question: When you think of dangerous jobs do you think of judges and lawyers? Now that you’ve heard this story, do you think high-profile judges should have body guards?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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