Former Brazilian politician Jose Dirceu (2nd R) talks with friends as he follows the "mensalao" trial on television at his home in Sao Paulo September 12, 2013. Brazil's top court voted on Thursday to... more 
Former Brazilian politician Jose Dirceu (2nd R) talks with friends as he follows the "mensalao" trial on television at his home in Sao Paulo September 12, 2013. Brazil's top court voted on Thursday to allow retrials in the country's biggest-ever political corruption case, a decision seen by many as a major setback for efforts to hold Brazilian officials accountable for wrongdoing. The ruling could save Dirceu, the top political leader in the so-called "mensalao", or monthly payment scandal, from incarceration. Dirceu was chief of staff to former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva when a scheme to buy support in Congress for his minority government was uncovered in 2005. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) less 
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Thu, Sep 12, 2013 6:52 PM EDT