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Brazilian TV host (and state legislator) ordered killings to boost ratings, police say

TV host Wallace Souza is accused of ordering hits on criminal rivals and then covering the deaths for ratings.
# Wallace Souza is a legislator and former host of a police TV show, "Canal Livre"
# Authorities: Souza would order slayings, then have camera crews arrive on scene
# Police also say Souza is a drug trafficker; Souza's lawyer denies the accusations
# Despite charges he faces, Souza remains free because of legislative immunity

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (CNN) -- A Brazilian TV host denies authorities' charges that he orchestrated the murders of drug dealers and other criminals to generate sensational footage for his show.


Wallace Souza, a state legislator and former host of a police TV show called "Canal Livre," also was a drug trafficker, officials say. And to get rid of the competition -- and drive up ratings -- he would order that criminal rivals be killed and then

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Added: Aug-13-2009 Occurred On: Aug-13-2009
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