Can South America's biggest democracy run properly with a broken, corrupt political class seemingly unable to reform?
An appeals court ruling against popular Brazilian ex-president Lula has hotly divided Brazil. A legal scholar argues that this is a case of activist judges taking their anti-graft crusade too far.
Brazil's political and business elites are consumed by scandal, but the courts are hardly squeaky clean.
Now that a judge has convicted Luiz Inacio da Silva of corruption and sentenced him him to almost a decade in prison, what's next for the country that loves him?
As a former president goes down for nine-and-a-half years, Brazil's judicial structures are weathering the political crisis well.