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In this Nov. 2, 2009 file photo, former military, police and Argentina's last dictator attend the start of their trial in connection with human rights abuses during Argentina's dirty war in Buenos Aires. Argentina's last dictator and 14 other former military officials were sentenced to prison on Friday, May 27, 2016 for human rights crimes committed during the Operation Condor conspiracy to hunt down dissidents across the region. From left to right are former police officer German Montenegro, former army officers Jorge Osvaldo Garcia, Carlos Tepedino, Eugenio Guanabens, former and last dictator Gen. Reynaldo Bignone and former Gen. Omar Rivero. (AP Photo/Rolndo Andrade Stracuzzi, File)
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This July 8, 2014 file photo, Joey Kadmiri sits at his trial at Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Kadmiri, who admitted firing a gun backstage while trying to steal costumes and props from the "Thunder From Down Under" male revue, has been sentenced to 10 to 25 years in Nevada state prison. Kadmiri told a judge on Thursday, May 26, 2016, that he took methamphetamine before the March 2014 backstage shooting at the Excalibur hotel-casino that police said left two show employees with gunpowder burns. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)
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In this photo taken Thursday, May 26, 2016, veterinary technician Chris Breiner holds a kitten nicknamed Olive Oil at the Bergen County Animal Shelter in Teterboro, N.J. Authorities say 35-year-old Kazem Shirinzad, of New York, has been charged with animal cruelty after the kitten was found doused in motor oil inside a box that was tied shut. Olive Oil was treated at the animal hospital and will later be available for adoption. (Tariq Zehawi/The Record of Bergen County via AP)
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In this March 11, 2014 file photo, Isaiah Sweet is escorted into the Delaware County Courthouse, in Manchester, Iowa. Sweet was sentenced by a judge to life in prison without parole for the May 2012 murders of his grandparents. A divided Iowa Supreme Court banned judges from imposing life prison sentences without the possibility of parole on juveniles convicted of first-degree murder Friday May 27, 2016. Friday's ruling overturns Sweet's sentence. (Jessica Reilly/Telegraph Herald via AP )
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In this June 5, 2014 file photo, a man walks past a Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. A Japanese judge has ordered Google to remove search results of a man’s unflattering past in an order the plaintiff’s lawyer compared to Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling. The Tokyo District Court ordered Google Japan on Thursday, Oct 9, 2024 to remove search results that hinted at the man’s relations with a criminal organization after he complained his privacy rights were violated. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been upstaged by the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. And it could get worse.

Brazil Sen. Antonio Anastasia has said the final vote on removing Rousseff should come on Aug. 2 — just three days before the Olympics officially open in Rio de Janeiro.

Rousseff was suspended from office for 180 days by a Senate vote earlier this month, with Michel Temer taking over as acting president. The impeachment trial must take place within six months, and Temer wants it sooner rather than later.

Rio's Olympics have been plagued with numerous problems: the Zika virus, deep budgets cuts, severe water pollution, slow ticket sales and rising fears around security.

Such a critical vote just days before the games would create protocol nightmares with more than 100 heads of state or heads of government expected for the Aug. 5 opening ceremony.

It would also be another embarrassment to the host nation, which is mired in its deepest recession since the 1930s without relief in sight.

"Brazil can't wait," said Sen. Simone Tebet, a member of Temer's governing party. "The judicial indecision and instability could impede new investment, new jobs, and a faster economic recovery."

At the opening ceremony at Rio's Maracana stadium, Brazil's president is to declare the games are open. The president will not give a speech. That will fall to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, and Carlos Nuzman, head of the local organizing committee.

Senators are expected to vote on Anastasia's calendar, which foresees a final vote on Aug. 2.

Though Temer might wish for a quick trial, it may not happen. Brazil Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski will also have a say in the scheduling.

Rousseff will also influence the length of the trial, and she may not want it to end quickly.

Many legal analysts expect the trial to end in September, but even that could interfere with municipal mayoral elections in October.

It could also butt into the Paralympic Games, which run Sept. 7-18.

If Anastasia's calendar is approved, witnesses will be called on June 6-17, and Rousseff would be questioned on June 20. Written statements for and against Rousseff would be submitted between June 21-July 21.

The Senate impeachment committee would make its recommendations to the whole Senate on July 27-28.

The Senate will then vote with two-thirds — 54 votes — needed to remove Rousseff permanently from office. She would be barred for running for any office for eight years.
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In this May 23, 2016, file photo, protesters gather outside of a courthouse after Officer Edward Nero, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, was acquitted of all charges in his trial in Baltimore. Black activists in Baltimore and beyond say they are disappointed but not discouraged after neither of the first two police officers to stand trial in the death of Gray was convicted. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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