São Paulo Diary: “The OAB-SP Could Not Possibly Have Leaked the Bar Exam”

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“There are four ways of getting into the OAB. One is passing the test. The other is paying the OAB directly for a license to practice. This costs between R$30,000 and R$40,000. The third is to pay someone to take the test for you. This costs around R$10,000. The last is to buy the answer key, which costs R$2,500,” said the law student, justifying his participation in the fraud scheme. — Anonymous source to the Diário do Grande ABC, December 11 2007; the advance copy of the bar exam the source handed over, with answer key filled in, has been authenticated

Jornal Campos do Jordão & Cia (Brazil): “OAB-SP denies that leak of bar exam came from inside the OAB-SP.”

The recent São Paulo bar exam was cancelled when evidence emerged that you could buy the answer key ahead of time.

See

The JCC&Co. reprints the OAB-SP press release on the matter.

Nós já temos elementos para afirmar de forma categórica que o vazamento não ocorreu dentro da OAB SP”, afirmou o presidente da Ordem,´Dr. Luiz Flávio Borges D’Urso, depois de entregar pessoalmente, nesta terça-feira (11), ao superintendente regional da Polícia Federal, Jaber Saadi, complemento das questões repassadas pelo promotor de São Sebastião da Grama, Ernani de Menezes Vilhena Júnior, ao procurador geral de Justiça, Rodrigo Pinho que, por sua vez, as encaminhou ao presidente da Ordem, desencadeando a suspensão da prova do Exame de Ordem, ao se constatar o vazamento.

“We now have sufficient evidence to state categorically that the leak did not come from inside the Sâo Paulo bar association,” said the president of the OAB chapter, Dr. Borges D’Urso, after personally delivered, on December 11, to the superintendent of the federal police, Jaber Saadi, the questions passed by the local prosecutor in São Sebastião da Grama, Ernani de Menezes Vilhena Junior, to the state attorney, Rodrigo Pinho, who in turn passed them to the OAB president, which led to the suspension of the bar exam once the existence of the leak was established.

We read below, however, that an internal investigation is ongoing.

The internal investigation has not concluded — has only just begun — but OAB-SP president Borges D’Urso can state categorically what its result will be.

Another argument from (mere) implausibility of this type:

“Este é um elemento fundamental para a investigação, as cópias das duas páginas com perguntas do número 19 a 30 está impressa no formato gráfico oficial. Portanto, o vazamento se deu no momento da produção e não na OAB SP, que seleciona as questões a partir de um banco de perguntas e entrega à Vunesp, responsável pela formatação gráfica, reprodução, condicionamento em envelopes lacrados, guarda e distribuição das provas aos 28 locais de aplicação do Exame. Agora caberá à investigação da PF apurar onde aconteceu e quem foi o autor do vazamento”, comentou D’Urso. Ele também disse desconhecer detalhes da logística adotada pela Fundação.

“This is a fundamental element in the investigation in the investigation. The copies of the two pages with questions Nos. 19-30 are printed in the official format. For that reason, the leak occurred during production, and not at the OAB-SP, which selects the questions from a question-bank and turns them over to VUNESP, which is responsible for laying them out, printing them, packaging them in sealed envelopes, guarding them, and distributing them to the 28 test locations.”

The OAB-SP does not proofread the questions after they are printed? The OAB-SP is the author of the questions. In normal editorial workflow, the author reads his or her proofs. As far as I know. And I have worked in editorial workflow for 15-20 years, you know.

If the OAB-SP and other test authors in Brazil do not follow this standard editorial quality-assurance procedure, on the other hand, it could explain why you read so often about Brazilian standard examinations that are riddled with errors. See

There was another case just this weekend, having to do with the past participle of the English verb “to do,” I think it was.

It is now up to the federal police to clarify what happened and who the leaker is,” D’Urso commented. He also said he did not know the details of Vunesp’s logistics.

Such as whether it returns page proofs to the author for proofreading, for example?

O presidente da OAB SP esclareceu que quando as perguntas chegaram no sábado por e-mail, elas tinham sido digitadas pelo promotor, mas que só ontem recebeu do MPF o elemento probatório da prova física – a prova impressa, que o promotor de São Sebastião da Grama teria recebido de um professor de cursinho ou de uma aluna.

The OAB-SP president explained that when the questions arrived on Saturday by e-mail, they had been manually typed by the prosecutor, but that only yesterday did the federal public ministr (MPF) receive the physical evidence — the printed proof that the local prosecutor says he received from a test-prep teacher or a female student.

The Diário do Grande ABC says it has further evidence from a second source.

O superintendente da Polícia Federal em São Paulo, Jaber Saadi, afirmou que o inquérito solicitado ontem (10/12) pela OAB SP já foi instaurado e que será presidido pelo delegado Pellegrini. “Espero antes do final do ano uma solução para este inquérito”. Saadi ponderou que tem convicção de que há uma quadrilha atuando neste segmento de concursos públicos. “Certamente nenhuma hipótese está descartadas. Todas as possibilidades vão ser investigadas”, garantiu.

The PF superintendent for São Paulo, Jaber Saadi, said the probe requested yesterday (December 10) by the OAB-SP has already been initiated and will be run by [Inspector, sort of] Pellegrini. “I expect an answer by the ed of the year[,” Saadi said.] He said he is convinced there was a criminal conspiracy operating in this area of public competitive exams. “Certainly we are discarding no hypothesis. All the possibilities will be investigated,” he said.

Including the alleged impossibility that the leak came from inside the OAB-SP?

Or (unsubstantiated, mind you) charges that you can buy a law license directly from the organization for $22,000, as reproduced in the pages of the Diário do Grande ABC?

If it comes out that those charges are legitimate, I personally think the OAB-SP is going to regret ignoring them rather than vigorously addresssing them.

Even if turns out to be an unsubstantiated rumor, I still tend to think the best practice for crisis PR is to acknowledge and confront those rumors openly, on an urgent basis.

There is a statement floating around that you can buy a law license, or pay someone R$10,000 to take the bar exam for you.

Whether true or false, this is a nasty, nasty scandal waiting to happen — scandals being indifferent as to the truth or falsity of the scandalous factoid, by definition:

A scandal is a widely publicized incident involving allegations of wrong-doing, disgrace, or moral outrage. A scandal may be based on reality, or the product of false allegations, or a mixture of both.

Or, if you do not trust Wikipedia, the source of that definition:

loss of or damage to reputation caused by actual or apparent violation of morality or propriety

Merriam-Webster’s 10th Collegiate Dictionary.

Talk that is damaging to one’s character; malicious gossip.

American Heritage, def. 4.

Deal with that statement.

If Sampa law-dogs were paying me to advise them on how to deal with it, that would be my considered advice. Sincerely.

A Sindicância interna da OAB SP, presidida pela vice-presidente, Márcia Regina Machado Melaré, também está trabalhando e já ouviu o presidente da Comissão de Estágio e Exame de Ordem, Braz Martins Neto, único responsável dentro da OAB SP pela seleção de perguntas que constam da prova da primeira fase com 100 questões.

The internal investigation presided by OAM-SP VP Machado Melaré is also working and has already taken a statement from the head of the examination committee, Braz Martins Neto, the person uniquely responsible for the selection of questions that appear on the 100-question exam.

The internal investigation has not concluded, but OAB-SP president Borges D’Urso can state categorically what its result will be.

Hmmmmm.

That statement seems oddly unlawyerly, and unjudicious, to me.

Sourced to “Assessoria de Imprensa – OAB SP.”

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