Opinion: The Curmudgeon on Impunity

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Impunity is once again thriving in Brasília. Former STF Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa has retired, not only as Chief Justice, but also as the Rapporteur of the “Mensalão” cases. His substitute is newly appointed “Justice” Luis Roberto Barroso, who has long supported the miscreant “mensaleiros” in private, although he’s never had the courage to admit it in public.

Mr. Barroso has coveted a Supreme Court position for the past twenty years, implementing his ambition from his position as a constitutional law professor at USP, the equivalent in Brazil of . . .

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