Mensalão Corruption Trial Begins in Brazil

By Lucy Jordan, Senior Contributing Reporter

BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – Seven years after the scandal surfaced, Brazil’s Supreme Court on Thursday, August 2nd began to hear the huge cash-for-votes corruption case that threatens to tarnish former President Lula’s legacy and the reputation of the ruling Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers’ Party, PT).

In what could be a watershed moment for a new, scandal-intolerant Brazil, prosecutors charge that public money was laundered through companies linked to advertising executive Marcos Valerio and paid to some coalition members to settle debts and ensure their support for the PT. Globo

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