Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva lifted millions of people out of poverty during his two terms as president of Brazil. The workers’ hero also presided over the most corrupt government in the country’s history — and that is according to one of his own ministers. On Wednesday night, Lula da Silva faced his come-uppance when the supreme court rejected his appeal to avoid jail over a corruption conviction. The controversial ruling, which could see Lula da Silva behind bars in days, marks the sad and ignominious fall of a remarkable politician. But it also shows that nobody is above the law — a positive, even revolutionary, development in a country racked by extreme legalism but also great illegality. First, the ruling throws wide-open Brazil’s already highly charged presidential election. Lula da Silva, who had been aiming for re-election in October, has been leading polls. Yet that does not mean that Jair Bolsonaro, currently second in the polls, is now a shoo-in. An extreme right-winger, Bol...

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