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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This week or next, the Federal Senate will begin hearings to decide whether or not to confirm the appointment to the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) of one 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. But there’s one potentially troubling part of his political history: in 2010, at an election campaign rally, he read a manifesto, signed by many judges, exhorting . . .

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