Americas Brazil targets corruption in 'trial of the century'

Thirty-six political players are on trial in Brazil, facing charges from money laundering to organized crime. The trial is seen as a landmark case in a country where corruption rarely leads to criminal prosecution.

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In Brazil, where personal graft has been part of the political landscape since the Portuguese landed, the Supreme Court is trying more than three dozen of the country’s best known political movers and shakers. It might not reverse centuries of the status quo, but it is being billed as “the trial of the century.”