You do have to wonder at this point if the saga of the Rio Olympic golf course would have been much of a saga if not for the Associated Press and its reporting of every filing, gripe and leak from the Rio prosecutor's office. That's because after months of reports suggesting the project was doomed, the news agency (reluctantly?) reports the Judge deciding the city prosecutor's lawsuit against his city is dead.
Judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner has given the approval for the Rio 2016 golf course project to go forward with only the 12th tee having been moved in the last year.
This is the same judge, who was said by the AP to have previously decided to stop the project within five days pending the creation of three news holes, but then apparently changed his mind (which went unreported). And the same judge, who prosecutors tried to influence with this leaked tale, after another leak of prosecutorial frustration during negotiations with the land owner. And these are the same prosecutors who just a few days ago were asking for the project to be stopped while the judge was weighing his final decision.
There was also the land dispute reported on numerous occasions by only the AP and which has, so far, ended up not impacting the project other than poor press by those picking up the AP reports.
While you may take the latest report with a grain of salt based on the accuracy of previous reports, I'm pretty sure the Tales Azzoni story about the Judge's decision to let the project go forward can be believed.
Judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner said in his decision that there is "no new fact justifying ... a halt in the implementation of the golf course for the Olympics."
He said changes made by the city and the course developer partially attended to the prosecutors' demands to protect the local environment.
Although the decision represented a loss for the prosecutors and environmentalists, it was only part of the ongoing legal battle. The judge can still reconsider his decision not to stop construction based on new evidence provided by the participants.
It wasn't clear if state prosecutors would seek to appeal Wednesday's ruling, but legal challenges were expected to continue.
Of course they are.