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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On May 20th, the Federal Senate held hearings to decide whether or not to confirm the appointment to the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) of Luiz Edson Fachin, replacing retired Justice Barbosa, the hero of the Mensalão cases.

The nominee, a law professor in the state of Paraná, appears to have the appropriate academic credentials, although he’s never been a judge. There was one potentially troubling political aspect to his resumé: in 2010, at an election campaign rally, he read a manifesto, signed by many judges, exhorting the audience to vote . . .

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