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By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Supreme Court (STF) has found at least ten politicians and business figures guilty of setting up the cash-for-votes mensalão scheme, the biggest and most drawn-out scandal in the...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilians in fifty cities, seventeen of which are state capitals - including São Paulo - head back to the polls for the second round of voting in the 2012...
By Lucy Jordan, Senior Contributing Reporter BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – The mensalão case, dubbed the “trial of the century,” moves into its most politically significant phase this week with the Supreme Court examining the allegations of vote buying by the Partido...
By Lucy Jordan, Senior Contributing Reporter BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – A majority in the Supreme Court has found three of the four mensalão defendants connected to the Banco Rural (Rural Bank) guilty of mismanagement of a financial institution, Agencia Brasil reported....
By Lucy Jordan, Senior Contributing Reporter BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL - It is expected that the first verdicts of the mensalão, a sprawling corruption trial involving some of the top figures in former-President Lula’s administration, will be announced Monday afternoon, August 20th,...
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...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Whatever happened to the separation of powers? Not only does the Brazilian “presidential” system grant the President vast powers to legislate (through “medidas provisórias” and other, more subtle means) but, most...
Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Mr. Justice Frankfurter, long ago, exhorted his colleagues on the U.S. Supreme Court not to enter the political thicket, on the philosophical grounds that judges were not elected by the people,...

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