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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The year 2012 saw the “Mensalão” scandal be resolved, more or less finally, by a courageous Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) which, by differing majorities, found any number of Brazilian politicians, government bureaucrats and their civilian cronies guilty of any number of crimes and misdemeanors.

No one, not even the Curmudgeon, could foresee the STF, eight of whose eleven Justices were appointed by Presidents Lula and Dilma, actually imposing criminal sentences upon defendants . . .

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