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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 1937, when the Supreme Court of the United States was refusing to find constitutional many of his New Deal programs, President Roosevelt (“FDR”) threatened to appoint more justices to SCOTUS, in effect “packing” the court with justices in line with his politics. It didn’t happen.

Before the “mensalão” case was to be heard by the Brazilian Supreme Court (“STF”), commentators voiced some worry that President Lula might have . . .

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