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Marco Aurélio Mello
Mello in 2017
Justice of the Supreme Federal Court
In office
13 June 1990[1] – 9 July 2021[2]
Nominated byFernando Collor de Mello
Preceded byCarlos Madeira[3]
Succeeded byAndré Mendonça
49th President of the Supreme Federal Court
In office
27 May 2001 – 5 June 2003
Vice PresidentMaurício Corrêa
Preceded byCarlos Velloso
Succeeded byMaurício Corrêa
Personal details
Born (1946-07-12) 12 July 1946 (age 78)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
SpouseSandra De Santis Mendes[3]
Alma materFederal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

Marco Aurélio Mendes de Farias Mello (born 12 July 1946, Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian former justice of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil, appointed to the position by his cousin, former President of Brazil Fernando Collor de Mello.

In a controversial decision in October 2012, Marco Aurélio Mello released from jail Luiz André Ferreira da Silva, a politician of the city of Rio de Janeiro who had been arrested for involvement with the Milícia Mafia in Rio de Janeiro. [4]

In 2020, Marco Aurélio Mello released Brazilian drug warlord André do Rap. The decision was reversed just a few hours later by the President of the Brazilian Supreme Court who ordered that the drug warlord be put back in jail, but by then he had become a fugitive.[5]

Marco Aurélio retired from the STF on 9 July 2021.[2]


Legal offices
Preceded by Justice of the Superior Labour Court
Succeeded by
Preceded by Justice of the Supreme Federal Court
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of the Supreme Federal Court
Succeeded by