Opinion, by Michael Royster
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - “Throw the rascals out!” This cry is, today in Brazil, relevant to the “mensalão” scandal, in particular the question of whether three elected Federal Deputies who have been convicted by the STF of high crimes and misdemeanors can remain members of Congress.
The dispute is over who has the right to throw the rascals out—the Judicial or the Legislative branch of government. As this is written, the Presiding Justice of the STF has pronounced that the judicial sentencing of these Congressmen should include the loss of their seats in Congress . . .