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Corruption trial makes black Brazilian judge a hero

Justice Joaquim Barbosa attends the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial at the Supreme Court in Brasilia, October 4, 2012. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians, at least one hero has emerged from the mess, Barbosa, the bricklayer's son who is the first black member of the Supreme Court. Picture taken October 4, 2012. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Justice Joaquim Barbosa attends the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial at the Supreme Court in Brasilia, October 4, 2012. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians, at...more

Justice Joaquim Barbosa attends the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial at the Supreme Court in Brasilia, October 4, 2012. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians, at least one hero has emerged from the mess, Barbosa, the bricklayer's son who is the first black member of the Supreme Court. Picture taken October 4, 2012. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
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Justice Joaquim Barbosa reacts during the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial at the Supreme Court in Brasilia in this October 23, 2012 file photo. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians, at least one hero has emerged from the mess, Barbosa, the bricklayer's son who is the first black member of the Supreme Court. Picture taken October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/Files

Justice Joaquim Barbosa reacts during the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial at the Supreme Court in Brasilia in this October 23, 2012 file photo. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history comes to an end with convictions of...more

Justice Joaquim Barbosa reacts during the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial at the Supreme Court in Brasilia in this October 23, 2012 file photo. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians, at least one hero has emerged from the mess, Barbosa, the bricklayer's son who is the first black member of the Supreme Court. Picture taken October 23, 2012. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/Files
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Carnival masks bearing the likeness of Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa (left row) and Jose Dirceu, chief of staff of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, are pictured on a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo, near Rio de Janeiro, October 31, 2012. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history, known as the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial, comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians such as Dirceu, at least one hero has emerged from the mess, Barbosa, the bricklayer's son who is the first black member of the Supreme Court. Picture taken October 31, 2012. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Carnival masks bearing the likeness of Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa (left row) and Jose Dirceu, chief of staff of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, are pictured on a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo, near Rio de...more

Carnival masks bearing the likeness of Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa (left row) and Jose Dirceu, chief of staff of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, are pictured on a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo, near Rio de Janeiro, October 31, 2012. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history, known as the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial, comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians such as Dirceu, at least one hero has emerged from the mess, Barbosa, the bricklayer's son who is the first black member of the Supreme Court. Picture taken October 31, 2012. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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Carnival masks bearing the likeness of Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa (center of circle) and Jose Genuino, former president of the Workers' Party of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, are pictured on a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo, near Rio de Janeiro, October 31, 2012. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history, known as the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial, comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians such as Genuino, at least one hero has emerged from the mess, Barbosa, the bricklayer's son who is the first black member of the Supreme Court. Picture taken October 31, 2012. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Carnival masks bearing the likeness of Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa (center of circle) and Jose Genuino, former president of the Workers' Party of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, are pictured on a factory assembly line...more

Carnival masks bearing the likeness of Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa (center of circle) and Jose Genuino, former president of the Workers' Party of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, are pictured on a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo, near Rio de Janeiro, October 31, 2012. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history, known as the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial, comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians such as Genuino, at least one hero has emerged from the mess, Barbosa, the bricklayer's son who is the first black member of the Supreme Court. Picture taken October 31, 2012. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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A carnival mask bearing the likeness of Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa (bottom, 2nd R) is displayed with others at a factory in Sao Goncalo, near Rio de Janeiro, October 31, 2012. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history, known as the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial, comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians, at least one hero has emerged from the mess, Barbosa, the bricklayer's son who is the first black member of the Supreme Court. Picture taken October 31, 2012. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

A carnival mask bearing the likeness of Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa (bottom, 2nd R) is displayed with others at a factory in Sao Goncalo, near Rio de Janeiro, October 31, 2012. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history,...more

A carnival mask bearing the likeness of Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa (bottom, 2nd R) is displayed with others at a factory in Sao Goncalo, near Rio de Janeiro, October 31, 2012. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history, known as the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial, comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians, at least one hero has emerged from the mess, Barbosa, the bricklayer's son who is the first black member of the Supreme Court. Picture taken October 31, 2012. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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Carnival masks bearing the likeness of Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa (foreground) and Jose Genuino (background), former president of the Workers' Party of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, are pictured on a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo, near Rio de Janeiro, October 31, 2012. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history, known as the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial, comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians such as Genuino, at least one hero has emerged from the mess, Barbosa, the bricklayer's son who is the first black member of the Supreme Court. Picture taken October 31, 2012. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Carnival masks bearing the likeness of Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa (foreground) and Jose Genuino (background), former president of the Workers' Party of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, are pictured on a factory assembly...more

Carnival masks bearing the likeness of Brazil's Supreme Court Justice Joaquim Barbosa (foreground) and Jose Genuino (background), former president of the Workers' Party of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, are pictured on a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo, near Rio de Janeiro, October 31, 2012. As the biggest corruption trial in Brazilian history, known as the "mensalao" or "big monthly payments" trial, comes to an end with convictions of once-powerful politicians such as Genuino, at least one hero has emerged from the mess, Barbosa, the bricklayer's son who is the first black member of the Supreme Court. Picture taken October 31, 2012. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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