Opinion: Brazil’s Quandary: Do the Ends Justify the Means?

In a serious country, where the rule of law obtains, criminal means do not justify political ends.

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As expected by most observers, the Brazilian lower house voted to back President Temer, shielding him from prosecution at the STF for charges of passive corruption. This vote almost guarantees that Temer will complete Dilma’s second term and serve as President until January 2019.

The word “almost” is needed, because the mainstream media claim that federal prosecutor Janot will bring another set of charges against Temer, this time for obstruction of justice. Both sets are based upon the surreptitious recording made by Joesley Batista of his after-hours chat with Temer . . .

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